How to Care For Philodendron Vines

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Knowing Your Philodendron Plants.

When one understands the uniqueness of Philodendrons, interest in caring for it will be quickly developed. It would survive both indoors and outdoors under an array of conditions, making it a mainstay in most gardens. Most houseplant owners complain that all their efforts go to waste when trying to move their plant outdoors for the much needed fresh water and cleaning of leaves as some of these plants do not survive the stress. However with the Philodendron would not have such troubles and one could leave it indoors all year long and Philodendron would still thrive optimally.

Before one can adequately care for it, it is important to understand the main types of Philodendrons and not mistaken with Pothos. Some houseplant owners have been disappointed in their efforts of growing Pothos as Philodendron. Philodendrons have two main types; the vining and non-climbing varieties. While the vining Philodendrons must be supported with something to climb on (examples being blushing Philodendrons and heart leaf Philodendrons), the non-climbing Philodendrons (examples being the Bird’s Nest Philodendrons, Lacy Tree Philodendrons, etc) have an upright spreading growth habit and does not need support. Since its width can be as much as twice their height, it adequately supports itself. The next error to avoid is the wrong comparison of Philodendron with Pothos. While this might seem confusing to the inexperienced houseplant owner because the leaves of both plants are similar in shape, Pothos plant are usually smaller and variegated with splotches of yellow or white color.

In caring for the Philodendron.
The first thing to be considered is the location of the plant in respect to its light source. It thrives in bright, indirect sun light so it is important that the sun rays never actually touch its leaves. It is very easy to detect the adverse effect of the sun on its foliage. While the older leaves turn yellow over time normally, when the discoloration spreads to several of the plant leaves, it is an indication that the Philodendron is getting too much sunlight. To maintain its balance of adequate sunlight, one needs to inspect its stem. When it becomes unnecessarily long, leaving several inches between the leaves, it is a sure indication that the plant is not getting enough sunlight. Since these changes are easy to observe, it very easy to reverse these conditions.

Watering
is required for the Philodendron when the soil is dry at the top inch. Inserting the index finger to the first knuckle helps to determine this. This is a very practical way of regulating watering for the Philodendron. When the plant is deprived of water its leaves become droopy, however it recovers its shape when watering is corrected. The fact that the philodendron signals early enough about its low water levels before irreversible damage occurs. This trait is a uniqueness making it easy for just about anyone to grow this plant.

Fertilizer
A balanced liquid foliage houseplant fertilizer containing macro-nutrients is needed to feed the Philodendron. Fertilizers does not have to be applied often, application on a monthly basis generates the needed result. The beauty of the Philodendron is that it would signal you yet again of its need to be fertilized. Its leaves would grow slowly and the eventual size would be relatively small, indicating its need to be fertilized. Also calcium and magnesium deficiency, which are the essential macro nutrients for Philodendrons is noticed by the pale appearance of its new leaves and it can then be fertilized.  Anyone that wants an interesting journey in growing and caring for plants should start with Philodendrons.

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