How to Care for a Phlidodendron Hope Selloum

How to Care for a Philodendron Hope Selloum

Use these instructions to care for a Philodendron Hope Selloum. This guide will tell you how to water your Hope Selloum; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

 
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS
Your Philodendron Hope Selloum prefers bright, indirect light—placing it near an east or south facing window is ideal. It will, however, survive in lower light and the leaves will turn a darker green. Direct sun or too much light will burn or fade the leaves.

WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water your plant when its soil becomes dry to a depth of 1-2 inches. Water the plant until water flows into the saucer, then pour out any excess. Don’t allow the pot to stand in water, as this will cause root rot. During the winter, water less often, keeping the soil barely moist.



HUMIDITY PREFERENCE
The Hope Philodendron has thinner leaves than many of its relatives and requires more humidity to flourish. Mist your plant regularly especially during the drier winter months.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
Your Philodendron Hope Selloum likes warm temperatures above 55 degrees. Keep them away from drafts and open doors, especially during the winter.

PLANT FOOD
Fertilize monthly during the spring and summer with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. lf light levels are high, increase to bi-weekly feeding. Too much plant food can cause excess salt to build up in the soil which can result in leaf burn.

ADDITIONAL CARE
Prune your Hope Philodendron with sharp scissors to control its size and shape. You can remove entire leaves be cutting them off at the base of the leaf stem. Be sure to wear gloves when pruning and wash your hands and tools when finished—you don’t want to get the sap in your eyes or mouth. Always clean dead or decaying leaves from the soil and dust it once a month to keep your plant healthy.

TOXICITY
Philodendron leaves are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will result in swelling of the lips and tongue, and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.