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Caring for Philodendron Hope; Selloum, Cut Leaf, Split Leaf

Updated on May 17, 2012



Philodendron Hope Selloum, Indoor Tropical Showpiece

Philo Hope, one of many plant varieties in the Philodendron family is known for it's fabulous, showy, wide, welcoming leaves that embrace the feel of a tropical jungle. Hope is an easy care houseplant so long as a proper environment is choosen for it and a little knowledge is applied to regular care.

Being a member of the philodendron family alongside the ever popular Cordatum, Congo, Xanadu and many more there are some other things to know about this lush leafy floor plant as an addition to your home or office.

Native Habitat of Philodendron Hope; Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay

Philo Hope Leaf Timelapse

Indoor Placement of Philo Hope

Like most others plant varieties in the Philodendron family Hope enjoys it's climate not too hot, not too cold, not too bright, not too dark, but just in the right range somewhere in between all the extremes.

The ideal indoor environment for a hope provides moderate lighting, or diffused natural light. Artificial light sources indoors, that can be left on for a significant period of time will also work, but natural moderate light is really the best.

Indoors Hope is capable of tolerating high light conditions but will most likely need periodic applications of fertilizer to avoid nutrient deficiencies and Chlorosis since higher light will cause an increase growth and productivity.

A Hope in low light will be prone to rot. Both root rot and rot from the stem to the leaves, it will also be very easy to over water a hope in low light conditions. Most likely a Hope in low light is not going to last in any aesthetically pleasing way for any significant period of time, it is best to avoid placing your Philo Hope in said lighting.

Along with moderate lighting conditions,it is best to that hope be placed in and area of moderate comfortable indoor temperature, and airflow for best results.

Avoiding extremes of any kind are really the best answer to placing your Hope indoors.

Watering Philodendron Hope

Hope like other Philodendron varieties enjoy a balanced period of moist and dry, and enjoy this on a regular basis.

When watering Hope 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, in most cases if the moderate environmental conditions are met, it should not be necessary to leave standing water in the liner. If heat, airflow, or lighting conditions are increased water in the liner may be necessary. After watering allow the soil surface to become dry to the touch again before watering again.

General Maintenance for Philodendron Selloum

Occasionally Philodendron 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 as close to the soil as possible.

It is also a good idea to periodically remove the dried up new leaf husks. This dry leaf material indoors can be a catalyst for Fungus Gnats, keeping organic material cleared away is a great preventative measure for avoiding Gnat infestation. More information on Fungus Gnats can be found to the right.

As it ages Philo Selloum can grow out along its centralized trunk turning itself into something more of a tree than a bushy floor plant, the trunk can be pruned back if it has grown out of control.

Philo Hope Selloum are known to grow long trailing air roots, these are perfectly natural and whether or not they are attractive is a matter of opinion. If you do not like the look of the air root or if it is becoming intrusive in some way it can be cut back.

Be aware that Philodendron are considered poisonous so be sure not to ingest any of the fluid that may get on you after pruning a trunk or cutting away dead unsightly leaves. Check the link to the right for more on Philodendron poisoning.

Hope in short

Philo Hope can be a fairly easy interior plant to care for provided you are mindful of it's characteristics and needs, it can be a fabulous choice for lush indoor floor plant. Filling a space with a touch of tropical beauty.

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