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Philodendron Hope Selloum

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This incredible houseplant makes a huge impact. Its impressively large leaves are heart-shaped, medium green, and glossy with deep, wavy incisions along the edges. These jungle giants are not only beautiful, but also a very forgiving, adaptable, and low-maintenance houseplant.  They are considered a floor plant, requiring adequate room due to the size in which they can get. Their canopy can grow 5 feet wide or more with 2-3 foot leaves.

As we decorate our homes with plants, we begin to become aware of our deep connection with nature and others. Plants require the same things as humans to survive. These include sunlight, air to breathe, water to drink, as well as nourishment and love. If plants are ignored, they will wither away, just like humans. This is just one way in which plants begin to create healing, kindness, and new beginnings into our lives. So, if you don’t own any real plants (yet), give it some deep thought. Could you benefit from connecting to nature?

Decorating Tip

The cut leaves of the Philodendron Hope Selloum can survive for months in a vase. Change the water out once a week, and place this beauty in any surface throughout your home.

Light Requirements

Place your Selloum in a spot where it will receive medium or bright indirect light, such as near a south or north-facing window. This plant does not do well in low light spaces. Avoid direct sunlight to avoid burning the leaves. They tend to grow in the direction in which they are receiving light. I rotate my plant with every watering to make sure that it is getting even light, and the stem doesn’t start to slant. I have a lazy Susan under the cover pot to make the rotation process much easier.

Water Requirements

Philodendrons prefer soil that is consistently lightly moist. They are sensitive to overwatering, so they don’t want to sit in soggy soil. Typically, you shouldn’t have to water your Hope Selloum more than once a week. Pour the water in the center of the plant to ensure that the rootball gets water. Then make sure you wet the soil from all directions. If the top 2 inches of the soil is dry, your plant could use a drink.

Here’s another great tip – consider aerating the soil of your plant before the initial watering. Plants are usually shipped with compact soil to avoid shifting during transit. Therefore,  aerating will help the soil breathe and allow moisture to be released. You use a chopstick to poke holes down into the soil.

Fertilizer – Plant Food

Temperature Requirements

Repotting and Pruning

Plant Characteristics to Watch For

Diagnosing what is going wrong with your plant is going to take a little detective work, but more so… patience! First of all, don’t panic and don’t throw a plant out prematurely. Take a few deep breaths and work down the list of possible issues. Below, I am going to share some typical symptoms that can arise. When I start to spot troubling signs on a plant, I take the plant into a room with good lighting, pull out my magnifiers, and begin by thoroughly inspecting the plant.

My plant has more growth on one side than the other.

My plant is turning yellow.

  • Most often, yellowing occurs due to over or underwatering. If you’re noticing yellow leaves, along with some crispy brown spots on additional leaves, then it could be underwatering. Check-in with the soil to determine if it matches your diagnosis.

There is a combination of yellow and brown leaves.

  • This combination of yellow and brown on the same leaf, it is often due to overwatering.
  • Solution – Allow the plant to dry out and then adjust the watering schedule to avoid overwatering.

My plant is getting too big for my home.

  • In the right conditions, this plant will grow quite large.
  • Solution – Prune it back! These guys are very hardy and can handle a good trim.

The leaves have small dark green blotches on the leaves.

  • The leaves may be sick and eventually rot and die.
  • Solution – The best way to prevent this sickness is to keep the leaves dry at all times and immediately remove any infected leaves.

The leaves are turning brown and curling at the tips.

  • Too much salt in the soil may be the issue. Over-fertilizing or using water that has passed through a water softener can cause this.
  • Solution – Dilute your plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength and never use water for any houseplants that have passed through a water softener. Drench the soil with some distilled water and feed less often.

The leaves are turning pale green.

  • The plant needs more fertilizer or if the plant is getting too much bright light.
  • Solution – Check the feeding schedule and see if you need to adjust that. You can try moving the plant to an area where rays of the sun will not hit the leaves directly.

There are dark patches on the leaves.

  • Diseases that can infect the Philodendron Selloum include bacterial blight, which results in very dark patches on the leaves and eventually causes the leaves to rot and die.
  • Solution – Prevention is the best method of protection against this disease and can be kept at bay by watering at soil level to keep the leaves dry.

Additional Care

Common Bugs to Watch For

If you want to have healthy house plants, you MUST inspect them regularly. Every time I water a plant, I give it a quick look-over.

Bugs/insects feeding on your plants reduces the plant sap and redirects nutrients from leaves. Some chew on the leaves, leaving holes in the leaves.  Also watch for wilting or yellowing, distorted, or speckled leaves. They can quickly get out of hand and spread to your other plants.

IF you see ONE bug, trust me, there are more. So, take action right away. Some are brave enough to show their “faces” by hanging out on stems in plan site. Others tend to hide out in the darnedest of places.

Toxicity

Philodendron Selloum is a very poisonous houseplant with a level #3 toxicity. It is not recommended to have pets around this plant.

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