Low Maintenance Plant: Philodendron

Low Maintenance Plant: Philodendron

Consider adding a low maintenance philodendron to your indoor space. 

The heartleaf philodendron has long been known as THE easy care low light plant. It’s still a great choice for new, busy and even experienced gardeners. But don’t overlook the large leafed, shrubby types and new introductions that provide greater variety with the same easy care.

Display smaller leafed varieties in containers on tabletops, shelves or hanging from the ceiling or wall bracket. Allow the leafy stems to spill over the pot adding a bit of greenery wherever they wander. Or train these and larger leafed philodendrons up a trellis, stake or bark board.

Rojo Congo philodendron is a real standout. It’s upright habit and sturdy stems make it perfect for a tabletop, shelf or floor display. New leaves have a purple-red tinge and eventually turn dark green. The leaf stems remain red adding a bit of color to your indoor garden.

Déjà vu has deeply lobed leaves that are even larger leaves than Congo Rojo’s. The interesting leaf texture adds to your indoor décor. Both these larger leafed philodendrons are self-supporting and can eventually reach 3 feet in height.

Grow philodendrons in moderate to low light. Water thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil begins to dry. Pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer. Or keep maintenance easy by elevating the plant above the surplus water. Use ridged saucers or place pebbles, plant stands and risers in the saucer.

Display philodendrons away from pets that like to nibble on plant leaves. Pets munching on philodendrons can become sick. So place them in pet-free rooms or high enough so curious pets can’t dine upon them. Trim the vines as needed or train them out of reach.

Increase vigor or give plants a nutrient boost by fertilizing with a dilute solution of any houseplant fertilizer between March and November.

So clear off a shelf or add a bit of greenery to your living space with one or more philodendrons.


At a Glance
Name: Philodendron (Philodendron)
Size: Vines used in hanging baskets or staked for a more shrubby appearance
Light: Moderate to low light
Water: Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil begins to dry – do not overwater
Soil: Light weight, well-drained potting mix
CAUTION: Keep them out of the reach of your pets.


Written by, gardening expert, Melinda Myers.  Each month Melinda will feature a low maintenance plant perfect for beginning and experienced gardeners looking for attractive easy care plants.  Melinda Myers is a nationally recognized gardening expert with more than 30 years of horticulture experience.  She is a wealth of knowledge and we are pleased to share Melinda’s Low Maintenance Plant of the Month with you!