Philodendron 'Hope' - 3 Gallon
3 GALLON PHILODENDRON 'HOPE' SELLOUM // TREE PHILODENDRON
USDA Zones 7b - 10b, at least
This tropical house plant is native to the jungles of South America. Indoors they may not The pictures/plants we have are younger, but wait until these babies mature! Their lobes will becomes incredibly more defined & will stun you with how thin they become. This Philodendron appreciates a warm, humid environment. It works well in ground in areas with warmer conditions, but will thrive in containers as well in areas where you can bring them inside once temperatures fall. They will go dormant during the winter -- according to Plant Delights, it survived outside for 4 consecutive North Carolina winters! In the NC climate it doesn't resurface until early June, but if you're patient the 2' tall plant will appear with deeply lobed, glossy green foliage. In more tropical conditions, or grown as an indestructible house plant, the foliage remains evergreen.
Full sun to partial sun
Average, light, well draining soil
Regularly; prefer soil that is consistently & evenly moist; avoid stagnant water, as this can be detrimental to your plant.
Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides and dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize efficiently. When dusting the leaves, also take the opportunity to inspect the undersides and keep an eye out for pests.
1. When watering your plant, check the soil surface to make sure that it is dry to the touch. Generally, the plant should be watered enough to moisten the soil all the way through.
2. If moderate environmental conditions are met, it's not necessary to leave standing water in the liner; however, if there is too much heat, airflow, or light, water in the liner may be necessary.
3. Allow the soil surface to become dry to the touch before watering again.
Philodendron Hope will lose a leaf here and there as they grow. These dead leaves should be removed by snapping the base of the leaf stem off of the primary plant trunk; or, in the case of a dense variety, the leaves should be snapped off as close to the soil as possible.
You will receive a 3 gallon size plant bare root without a pot.
Q: What causes new leaves on a Philodendron 'Hope' to turn yellow?
A: If new, healthy leaves are turning yellow it is likely your plant is getting too much water &/or not enough light.
Q: Why are the leaves of my Philo turning yellow & mushy?
A: Yellow leaves that are mushy are likely caused by rotting. This is likely due to overwatering or stagant water at the bottom of your pot. If in a container, make sure it has a drainage hole. When planted in the ground or in a container make sure to use a light, well draining soil to prevent standing water.
Q: Why are the tuips of my Philo turning brown? What can I do to fix this?
A: Leaf tips will turn brown if watering at any point is inconsistant, or you are watering too much. Do your best to water just consistently enough, this plant can be a bit finicky about water. Sometimes even those looked after closely will still get modest brown tips on older foliage, so just make sure to prune older leaves regularly.
Q: Can I divide my indoor Philo? It has outgrown its pot & I am afraid there isn't room for new roots.
A: It can be split apart only if it has multiple plants in the same pot. If you see that your plant has multiple points at which foliage stems, or a crown that protrudes from the soil, the seperate plants can be split apart. If only one stem or crown is present, the plant cannot be split, but it can be repotted into a larger container to accomodate the size.
Q: I have an incredibly old Philodendron that has sentimental value to me. It needs to be repotted, how do I accomplish this without damaging it?
A: It is understandable that some people prefer to not trim plants, especially those of which have sentimental value. As with any repotting job, do your best to minimize external stressors (temperature, air, water, & impact extremes) during the process. Keep the plant's environment as stable as possible, & pot it in a container a size larger with good quality soil. If you experience "flopping" due to growth, you can add wooden stakes to help regain balance.
Q: My Philo has lost a lot of leaves & have only 3 left at this point. Are there any natural fertilizers I can use to help grow back the leaves?
A: If your Philo has suddenly experienced a prominent deal of deflation, it is recommended to determine the probable cause, which may likely be found in the enivronment. We suggest doing this before adding fertilizer. Sudden, dramatic loss of foliage is most likely a symptom of underwatering, dramatic temperature changes, or a change in air flow from a heater or air conditioner being turned on & off. If fertilizer is given & a plant is under an environmental stress, the fertilizer can make matters worse.
Q: My Philo's new leaves don't seem as tough as the older ones. They are thin & floppy, & look like they could die. What is the problem here? I have it in moderate light & have been watering when soil is dry.
A: New leaves are initially more fragile than more mature foliage. Over time the leaves should thicken & darken in color.
Q: If the plant gets "leggy" or top-heavy what is the best way to trim it back?
A: You can cut it back where the primary stalk is attached to the foliage, but it is advised that if you do this, it will not grow back. On occasion, in may develop a new primary stem from the base of the plant. Use stakes if you like to stabilize & preserve the plant. This can be an effective method.
Q: Are Philodendrons pet friendly?
A: Philodendron is a plant on the list of toxic house plants.
Q: How do I cut the Philo Hope's air roots?
A: If your Hope has grown air roots it is not necessary to remove them unless they are causing a problem. They can be pruned with sharp pruners. It is best to cut the root back to the pot if removal is desired.
Q: My cat knocked over my baby Philo Hope. It seems like it hasn't grown since, but it's also not dying. What should I do to help it grow?
A: Allow your plant to stabilize. It has likely sustained some stress when it was tipped over, & it's possible it had to restore some root material when it was put back together. Give it some time. As long as it receives consistent water & temperature it will recover & thrive in due time.