Need philodendron advice

gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)March 16, 2014

I got a couple philodendrons yesterday, and have never grown them before. I'm good at growing plants in my outdoor gardens, but not the greatest at houseplants except for spider plants, which are easy.

One of them is a Prince of Orange, and the other one was marked Prince of Orange as well, but I don't think it is because the leaves are rounder and a darker green, with newer leaves being a burgundy rather than orange.

They both need to be repotted, as they're in tiny pots. What type of soil mix should I use, how often and how much should I water, what kind of lighting do they like, and how much fertilizer do they like?

Thanks for your help!


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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I think if you search the FAQs you may find your answers. But I will say the like humidity, Bright but not direct sunlight, and the dont like to drown but they also dont like to dry out. I would use regular repotting mix and but them in a inch arger pot than they are in now..

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 10:59AM
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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

I don't see a FAQ's section for this forum.


    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 11:45AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Those sound very pretty! Like any plant in a pot, your Philos would appreciate a chunky, porous soil that can be moist yet still have some air in it. Water often enough that it doesn't wilt, which will probably vary depending on temps, seasons, which can speed/slow growth.

Agreed, the kind you describe sound like they wouldn't appreciate direct sunlight, Philos generally burn easily. Fertilize very weakly when actively growing. The size of the pot should be big enough that the plant isn't top-heavy, not in danger of tipping/blowing over easily, with enough room for roots to roam for a while.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 12:18PM
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