We like to call the Philodendron Hope the jungle plant because it's rich, tropical foliage. It makes a great house plant because it's luscious, leafy and relatively easy to care for.
These plants are native to regions in South America - specifically Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay - and prefer a tropical, humid environment.
Thinking about getting a Philodendron Hope house plant for your home? In this blog, we share the important considerations when deciding if this is the right plant for your room.
How does the Philodendron Hope look?
The Philodendron Hope grows to become a sizable long-stemmed plant with large leaves that are narrow and jagged shaped. New leaves start out a lighter almost lime colour, then darken to a deep green colour as they mature. The large leaves and growth pattern creates rich foliage that will bring your room to life.
This plant also purifies the air, so as well as looking luscious it will make the room feel better and improve the overall health of your home.
Another good thing to know is that if you cut off a stem of the philodendron hope and put it in water it will last a long time -
Where is the best place for a Philodendron Hope house plant?
The Philodendron Hope prefers a warm and humid environment with indirect sunlight. As this plant can grow to be a reasonable size (up to 1.5 meters), find a place for it with enough space. Keep in mind that you can prune and train this plant to grow as you would like. For example, use stakes if you would like it to grow upwards instead of outwards.
We think this plant looks great in the living room, office or bedroom where there is enough space to do it justice.
How to take care of a Philodendron Hope house plant:
The Philodendron Hope likes medium-bright, indirect sunlight. If you have the Philodendron Hope in an area with high light you will need to periodic fertilizer applications. If it is in an area of low light, you will need to be careful of overwatering as it will make the plant prone to rotting.
Temperature & Humidity:
Like most tropical house plants, Philodendrons like a warm, humid environment. They are tolerant to dry conditions, but in summer you may want to make an effort to increase moisture by using a spray bottle or pebble tray.
Philodendrons like soil that is consistently lightly moist. Before you water your plant, it is best to check the moisture level of the soil. You can put your finger in the soil to see whether it is moist below the surface. This plant is sensitive to overwatering. Do not let them sit in water or soggy soil. Typically, you should only need to water the Philodendron Hope once per week, but this will depend on the level of light.
Repotting & fertilizing:
At the least, this plant should be repotted once the roots begin to grow out of the pot. This may be every 6-12 months for a smaller plant or 18-24 months for a larger plant. Progress to a pot that is 5-8cm larger than the previous pot. You should re-pot during the latter part of winter or spring before the plant begins to grow new leaves.
Fertilize once a month.
Pruning and removing dead leaves:
You should wear gloves when pruning philodendron as they are mildly poisonous (see below). They contain toxic sap that can cause irritation if ingested or if it comes into contact with skin. This plant can be pruned to control the size, encourage a bushier look. Over time, leaves may brown and should be removed.
Prune or remove the unwanted or dead leaves by cutting them as close to the stem as possible, using scissors, a knife or secateurs.
Is the Philodendron Hope poisonous for pets?
Yes, they are toxic to cats and dogs and mildly toxic for humans.
For children, ingesting philodendron usually has only mild side effects, including the swelling of the mouth and digestive tract. Philodendron can have serious effects on pets, with reports of spasms, seizures, pain, and swelling.
Is Philodendron Hope the plant for you?
As long as you are mindful of what's required to take care of this plant and that it's toxic, the philodendron hope is a fabulous lush indoor floor plant that will fill your space with a touch of tropical beauty.