One of my first houseplants, that I still have to this day, was a philodendron. Since then, I have fallen in love with the genus, or subfamily, and it has become my favorite type of indoor plant. They are easy to care for, they can easily be propagated, they grow quickly, and are very pleasing to the eye. Philodendrons also have many different varieties (489, to be exact), yet share the same family, and range drastically in look. There are so many different leaf shapes, colors, and patterns, another plus of the philodendron.
But what makes a philodendron a philodendron? Because of the wide variety, it is hard to identify some philodendrons by look alone. Philodendrons are often climbing plants and grow upwards. In their natural habitat, they will attach themselves to trees. The color, leaf shape, and leaf texture all vary among species and maturity. The most common indoor varieties are pretty easy to identify. They tend to have green, heartshaped, waxy leaves. The leaves aren’t very thick, and the plant often grows in vines, relatively quickly. They reproduce in an inflorescence, where they get a small “hood” around a new leaf. The leaf appears to be “wrapped up” and will slowly start to “unravel.”
This type of plant has become a wildly popular houseplant. Although each species varies in look and care, there are a few guidelines that work for almost all types of philodendrons. Rspecially because they are a very resilient, low maintenance plant.
Light: Low to bright light. These plants are great for offices because they tend to not need much light, but can also handle bright light. Put these plants wherever you want, and they will be happy.
Water: Wait until the soil is pretty dry, and water about once a week. Make sure there is proper drainage, as well.
Keep in mind that these care tips vary by species, but can be a starter guide for your philodendron. Please give the plant the care it needs, even if it is not in this guide.
Six Philodendron Plants for your Home:
If you’re looking for an easy starter plant or 15th plant of your collection, a philodendron is always a safe bet. Here are 6 Philodendrons that make amazing house plants: