How to Care for Your Philodendron Plants


The philodendron plant is a member of the Arum or Araceae family. It is related to the peace lily (Spathiphyllum) and Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema). There are more than 400 species of known philodendron, and each type possesses its own characteristics. These differences can include height, leaf shape and coloring. The philodendron is a popular houseplant due to its ease in care and ability to tolerate the sometimes low lighting of the indoors.

Step 1

Choose a location that will accommodate your philodendron plant as it grows. Although a climbing philodendron may do well on a shelf in an office, a tree philodendron requires a large area as it may grow to a height of nearly 15 feet when it is fully grown.

Step 2

Water your philodendron plant on a regular basis. The philodendron prefers a well-drained soil, but does not like it overly wet. Allow the soil to dry in between each watering.

Step 3

Keep the philodendron plant out of direct sunlight. Although a philodendron can thrive in low light conditions, direct sunlight may actually burn the leaves of the plant.

Step 4

Dust the philodendron plant to keep it clean. Dirt and dead insects can block the pores of the plant and prohibit it from growing, as it should. Use a damp paper towel to clean away the dust and debris to help keep the plant healthy.

Tips and Warnings

  • All parts of the philodendron plant are poisonous. Cats are especially susceptible to the plant's toxins, and care should be taken when bringing the philodendron into a home.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel


  • Caring For Houseplants: Proper Care and Feeding of the Philodendron
  • Plant-Care: Philodendrons in the Landscape
  • University of Pennsylvania: Poisonous Plants - Philodendron (Philodendron species)
Keywords: philodendron plant, indoor houseplants, philodendron care

About this Author

Kate Hornsby has been a professional pet sitter for a number of years and a small business owner for over twenty. She is the current Atlanta Pets Examiner and has written several articles on pet care and operating a small business. Hornsby attended the Academy of Art online, studying Interior Architecture and Design while pursuing commercial flight training at Aviation Atlanta in Georgia.