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Tree Philodendron Care
Basic Tree Philodendron Care
Tree Philodendron is a popular houseplant as it’s easy to care for and makes a dramatic statement in every room due to their large attractive leaves. Below you will find our detailed Tree Philodendron Care Guide with all the information you need to keep your plant happy.
Bright Indirect Light
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.
I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.
Detailed Tree Philodendron Care Information
Whether you're looking to make sure your Tree Philodendron is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
Tree Philodendron require bright, indirect light
Tree Philodendrons thrive best in areas with bright light. However, keep them out of direct sunlight as this can easily damage the leaves. They are able to survive in medium light but will nor grow as quickly.
They don't like to be sat in water
Whilst it is important that you keep the soil of your Tree Philodendron relatively moist, get rid of any excess water that runs through so your plant is not sat in too much water. Overwatering can cause root rot which leads to a whole heap of issues for your plant.
Tree Philodendron like humid environments
Tree Philodendron are native to tropical areas so thrive best in warm humid environments. Check out our detailed guide on humidity for your houseplants for top tips on how to increase humidity. The easiest way is by misting your plant every few days.
Be careful not to over-fertilise
If you do choose to fertilise your Tree Philodendron, we recommend using a soluble fertiliser at half strength in spring and summer. Too much fertiliser can cause irreversible leaf burn.
Tree Philodendrons need warmer temperatures
As they are native to tropical areas, Tree Philodendrons grow best in slightly warmer temperatures. Keep them away from drafty doors and windows as the cold air will over time damage your plant.
Tree Philodendron are toxic to pets
If you have a pet that is prone to nibbling on your beloved plants, the Tree Philodendron might not be for you. Ingestion of the leaves can cause stomach irritation and contact with the sap can cause skin irritation on humans.
Propagate your Tree Philodendron by stem cutting
As your Tree Philodendron begins to grow, you may want to propagate it so it becomes a more manageable size. The best way to do this is by taking a stem cutting with at least one node and growing it in water for a few weeks. Once roots have started to grow out of the node you can pot into fresh soil.
Tree Philodendron Care Starter Kit
We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Tree Philodendron .
Common Problems with your Tree Philodendron
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Yellow leaves on a Tree Philodendron are often a sign of overwatering. They will look quite sickly and be a little softer than usual. Check the moisture in the soil to confirm that this is what is causing the yellow leaves on your Tree Philodendron and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
Your Tree Philodendron might also be developing yellow leaves as a result of temperature extremes, direct sunlight, pests or simply natural ageing.
There are two main causes of brown leaves on a Tree Philodendron; overwatering and underwatering. It’s really important that you diagnose the issue properly so you know how to adjust your watering schedule.
An underwatered Tree Philodendron will have light brown leaves, often from the tips and edges inwards that look and feel quite crispy. The potting mix will also be really dry and compacted.
An overwatered Tree Philodendron will have dark brown leaves that are softer to touch. The brown patches will often be all over the leaf.
If your Tree Philodendron is losing a few leaves each year, then this might just be natural ageing. A good way to tell is if these leaves are the oldest, lowest and smallest leaves as this just means your plant is focusing that energy on new bigger growth.
However, if your Tree Philodendron is losing leaves regularly, then it might be a symptom of temperature stress, lack of sunlight, pests or shock.
A drooping Tree Philodendron is most commonly caused by watering issues; both underwatering and overwatering. It can be a little confusing that both of these extremes can cause your plant to droop but both damage the root system significantly. This deprives your Tree Philodendron of the things it needs to thrive and be stable which is why it will droop down.
Check the potting mix to figure out how you need to be adjusting your watering habits moving forward to prevent your Tree Philodendron from drooping in future.
If you’ve noticed that the leaves on your Tree Philodendron are curling, then this is likely due to constant exposure to cold air. These plants really don’t cope well with drafts so we recommend investing in a digital thermometer to track any fluctuations.
Cold air caused by cracks in windows and doors as well as close proximity to AC vents can lead to the leaves on your Tree Philodendron curling.
Simple Tree Philodendron Care Requirements
It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Philodendron bipinnatifidum.
These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.
|Common Name||Tree Philodendron|
|Latin Name||Philodendron bipinnatifidum|
|Light||Bright Indirect Light|
|Soil Type||Potting Soil|