Plant Care: Philodendron

Plant Care: Philodendron

Maintaining a Philodendron plant, especially when it's grown in a self-watering pot, involves understanding and providing for its basic needs to ensure healthy growth. Here's a comprehensive guide:

Light Requirements

Philodendrons thrive in medium to bright, indirect sunlight. They can tolerate low light conditions but won't grow as vigorously and may become leggy. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can burn the leaves.


The self-watering pot helps maintain consistent moisture levels, ideal for Philodendrons, which prefer evenly moist soil. It's important to refill the reservoir of the self-watering pot when needed, usually when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Over-watering can lead to root rot, so ensure the pot's water level indicator is functioning correctly to prevent excess moisture.

Humidity and Temperature

These plants enjoy a humid environment, similar to their tropical origin. Aim for a humidity level of 60-80%. You can increase humidity with a humidifier, pebble tray, or regular misting. Keep your Philodendron in a warm environment, with temperatures between 65°F and 80°F (18°C - 27°C), avoiding cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.


Feed your Philodendron with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce feeding in fall and winter when growth naturally slows.

Pruning and Cleaning

Regularly prune any dead or yellowing leaves to encourage new growth and maintain a tidy appearance. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to make clean cuts. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth occasionally to remove dust and help the plant breathe and photosynthesize efficiently.

Pest and Disease Management

Inspect your plant regularly for signs of pests such as aphids, mealybugs, or spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Avoid over-watering and ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal diseases.


Philodendrons in self-watering pots should be repotted every 2-3 years or when they outgrow their current pot. Choose a pot that is 2 inches larger in diameter than the current one and has a compatible self-watering system.

By following these care guidelines, your Philodendron will thrive, adding a touch of lush, tropical beauty to your space.