How to Care for a Philodendron Velvet

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

Light Requirements

Your Philodendron Velvet can adapt to lower light conditions, however, when placed in bright indirect light, it grows faster and produces more leaves. Avoid direct sunlight–the sun will burn the foliage. 

Water Requirements

Water your Philodendron Velvet well and allow the top half of the soil to dry before watering again. Yellow leaves may indicate overwatering, while brown leaves mean the plant needs more water.

Humidity Preference

Basic household humidity is fine for your Philodendron Velvet, but higher humidity will encourage larger leaves. Your plant will benefit from an occasional misting. 

Optimum Temperature

Your Philodendron Velvet will grow well in temperatures between 65-80 degrees during the day and above 55 degrees at night. Keep it away from drafts, especially during the winter months.

Plant Food

Feed your Velvet Philodendron monthly in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food diluted to half the recommended strength. No need to fertilize in the fall and winter months, when growth naturally slows.

Additional Care

Trim any dead, discolored, damaged, or diseased leaves and stems as they occur. Use clean, sharp scissors to avoid tearing or bruising the stems. Snip stems just above a leaf node. Wash the leaves frequently to prevent dust from clogging its pores. If you wish to propagate, take stem tip cuttings during the spring or early summer and place the stem in water or moist soil and they should root quite easily. 

Toxicity

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