Philodendron Selloum Growing Tips
Philodendron Selloum or Tree Philodendron is native to South America. Philo Selloum is a tropical plant that is usually grown in full sun, but can tolerate deep shade. Apart from that it grows best in moisture-retentive soil that are slightly alkaline. However, it cannot tolerate high salt concentration in soil. This philodendron is capable of supporting itself at massive heights by producing tree-like bases
Philodendron Selloum leaves is shiny dark green, large and deeply lobed. The leaves attached to long, smooth petioles. They can be up to 4 feet long. The trunk is relatively thick and woody with characteristic “eye-drop” leaf scars. Apart from that Philo Selloum can produce aerial roots that absorb water and nutrients
grow & care philo selloum
Philodendrons do best in loose, well-drained soil that is high in organic matter. They will grow in 100% sphagnum peat moss. Soilless mixtures such as peat-vermiculite or peat-perlite are also satisfactory.
When growing philodendron plants, allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. The length of your index finger to the first knuckle is about an inch, so inserting your finger into the soil is a good way to check the moisture level. Droopy leaves can mean that the plant is getting too much or not enough water. But the leaves recover quickly when you correct the watering schedule.
Set the Philodendron in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Find a position near a window where the sun’s rays never actually touch the foliage. While it’s normal for older leaves to yellow, if this happens to several leaves at the same time, the plant may be getting too much light. On the other hand, if the stems are long and leggy with several inches between leaves, the plant probably isn’t getting enough light
Feed philodendron houseplants with a balanced liquid foliage houseplant fertilizer that contains macro-nutrients. Water the plant with the fertilizer monthly in spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter. Slow growth and small leaf size is the plant’s way of telling you that it isn’t getting enough fertilizer. Pale new leaves usually indicate that the plant isn’t getting enough calcium and magnesium, which are essential micro-nutrients for philodendrons.
The ideal temperature for a philodendron is between 65 – 78°F during the day, and around 60°F at night.
Philodendron should not be consumed by animals or humans. Lacy tree philodendrons are toxic to cats and dogs. Being educated on poisonous plants can help you avoid any accidents all the while enjoying your greenery.
Philodendron are not prone to insects, but you may encounter aphids and mealybugs. You can wipe off mealybugs with cotton balls dipped in rubbing alcohol. Periodically showering the plant with water and applying insecticidal soap will help keep pests at bay.
how to prune philodendron selloum?
Prune a Philodendron Selloum with sharp pruners or scissors .You can remove entire leaves be cutting them off at the base of the leaf stem. You can remove the lower leaves if you want to reveal the plant’s stem. Pruning Tree Philodendron is essential to control its size and shape.
Always wear gloves when pruning a Tree Philodendron. Besides that wash your hands and tools when finished, you don’t want to get the sap in your eyes or mouth.
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Landscape idea for philo selloum
- large entryway accent
- backdrop for smaller plants
- between tall palms
- informal hedge
- privacy screen
- lining a driveway or walk
- beside a porch, deck or patio
- along a fence
- corner-of-the-house shrub
- flanking each side of a driveway entrance
- decoration for a blank wall
- camouflage plant
- container plant
- single yard specimen
WHY ARE THE LEAVES ON MY PHILO SELLOUM TURNING PALE GREEN?
The leaves on a Tree Philodendron usually turn pale green when the plant is getting too much bright light. Apart from that your philodendron needs more fertilizer.
WHY ARE THE LEAF TIPS ON MY SELLOUM TURNING BROWN AND CURLING?
This happened because Tree Philodendron has too much salt in the soil. The salts usually come from too much plant food or from using water that has passed through a water softener. Always dilute your plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength. Furthermore never use water that has passed through a water softener for any houseplants.
To overcome this problem drench the soil with some distilled water and feed your Philodendron Selloum less often.
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