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Philodendron

Philodendron spp.

Philodendron Plant Features

Philodendron is a classic, and practically no-fail houseplant because it's so easy to grow. Happily, this makes it a pretty common indoor plant to find at your local garden center. The philodendron family is a pretty big one, too -- so you can find a variety of plants that grow in a range of shapes, sizes, and colors.

Many of the traditional philodendron varieties are vines perfect for growing on a totem, up a trellis, or in a hanging basket and some offer pleasing variegated foliage. These are counted as some of the most easy to grow houseplants of all time. Upright-growing philodendrons are just as easy, but typically have larger leaves.

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Philodendron Growing Instructions

Grow philodendrons just about anywhere. As houseplants they're that easy to keep! The plants grow best in medium or bright-light spots, but tolerate low light exceedingly well. 

Water philodendrons enough when the soil surface dries. They're tough enough plants they don't mind if you forget to water them now and again. Just take care not to overwater your philodendrons. They will rot if they're kept too wet.

You typically don't need to fertilize philodendrons much, if at all, but they appreciate a feeding once or twice a year in spring and summer. Use any houseplant fertilizer (available from your local garden center) and follow the packaging directions carefully. 

Vining philodendrons are relatively slow growers, but can be cut back at any time to keep them compact and bushy. 

Note: Philodendrons are not meant for human or animal consumption. 

Special Care

Outdoors in warm-weather climates, some philodendrons are grown as tropical perennials. These varieties typically do best in partial shade or shade and in moist, well-drained soil. 


  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Indoors: Low light
    Indoors: Medium light
    Outside: Part sun
    Outside: Shade

  • Colors

    Green, Variegated

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air
    Super-easy to grow


Complement your Philodendron with these varieties:
Pothos
Pothos is a close relative of philodendron; they grow well together.

Red Aglaonema
Both red aglaonema and philodendron are among the easiest houseplants to grow -- plus, red aglaonema's colorful foliage is a fun accent.

Norfolk Island Pine
Norfolk Island pine is a no-fuss houseplant with a soft texture that makes a lovely accent to philodendron's larger leaves.


Varieties: Our Favorites

Brazil Philodendron Brazil Philodendron

Philodendron hederaceum 'Brasil'

Brazil philodrendron is an especially fun vining type that has green leaves variegated with golden-yellow.

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Green Congo Philodendron Green Congo Philodendron

Philodendron 'Congo'

Green Congo philodendron is a large, upright-growing variety with shiny green leaves

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Green Heartleaf Philodendron Green Heartleaf Philodendron

Philodendron hederaceum

This easy-to-grow houseplant has dark green, heart-shaped leaves. It's excellent for hanging baskets.

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Micans Philodendron Micans Philodendron

Philodendron hederaceum micans

Micans is a lovely variety that has purple-flushed green leaves that have a satin-like texture.

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Moonlight Philodendron Moonlight Philodendron

Philodendron 'Moonlight'

This upright grower offers fantastic new growth; the leaves emerge bright chartreuse before fading to deep green.

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Prince of Orange Philodendron Prince of Orange Philodendron

Philodendron 'Prince of Orange'

Prince of Orange is an upright-growing variety that has new leaves that emerge a rich coppery-orange color.

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Rojo Congo Philodendron Rojo Congo Philodendron

Philodendron 'Rojo Congo'

Rojo Congo is an upright variety that has dark green leaves and new leaves that emerge flushed with purple-red.

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Selloum Selloum

Philodendron selloum

A large houseplant indoors, selloum philodendron is often grown outdoors as a perennial in warm-winter regions. It has dark green leaves with frilly edges.

Xanadu Philodendron Xanadu Philodendron

Philodendron 'Xanadu'

This larger philodendron has dark green leaves and ruffled edges. It's often used as a perennial in frost-free climates like South Florida is is also called 'Winterbourn'.