Stenolobum (Philodendron)

Plant Care Instructions*

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The plant has long wavy narrow leaves with glossy leaf surfaces that average 2 to 3 feet in length and can be approximately 1 foot wide.

Plant Care*:

Temperature
The ideal temperature for this plant is 60-75ºF/16-24ºC. Temperatures above and beyond this could cause the plants growth to slow down.

Light
Keep them away from drafts and heating/cooling units as they won’t like cold drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations

Watering
It’s important to keep up a regular watering routine. In summer you want to keep the soil moist but not soggy. To monitor this, you can use your finger to poke into the top 2 inches of potting mix and feel the soil moisture level before watering. If it feels wet, let it dry out for longer. Over watering can lead to fungal issues or root rot. Try watering once a week, using just enough water to start to see some draining from the bottom of the pot. During winter, when the plant isn’t in an active growing phase you should reduce watering frequency. Ensure that whatever vessel your plant is in, there are sufficient holes in the bottom to allow excess water to freely drain from the pot and away from the plant’s roots.

Soil
Typically, any high quality, fast draining potting mix is good.

Fertilizer
Feed with liquid fertilizer twice monthly over the warm, growing period and not at all over the cooler winter months.

Humidity
Since the plant loves moist areas, you can leave a tray under your pot with pebbles to hold moisture from the water that escapes from the hole on the bottom of the pot so the plant remains moist. You can also use a humidifier for this task. Misting with a spray bottle will only improve humidity temporarily, and if done excessively can lead to fungal issues. Misting should only be done occasionally and is most effective as part of your leaf cleaning routine (mist and then gently wipe leaves with a cloth to clear away dust from the leaf surface).

* Standard care recommendations - you may need to adjust based on your home or office environment.

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