Watering Philodendron

Philodendrons are popular tropical houseplants grown for their beautifully unique foliage. Native to Central and South America, this large family of plants contains over 450 different varieties. Philodendrons are able to adapt to many different environments but need adequate moisture to thrive. This article will give you tips on how to improve your plant’s health by providing it with the right amount of water at the right time. 


How To Tell If Your Philodendron Needs Water

These plants are fairly adaptable and easy to care for. Philodendrons rarely go dormant so they need approximately the same amount of water year round. You can easily tell when your philodendron needs water when it becomes visibly wilted. 

In order for your philodendron to thrive, keep the soil moist but not soggy. An overwatered plant can develop fungal diseases and attract pests. As a general rule, allow the top inch or two of soil to dry before giving the plant any more water. You can test the soil by touch or with a water meter from any garden center.

How To Water Philodendrons

Philodendrons aren’t picky about water type, and they should be watered deeply about once per week. Let the excess water completely drain from the pot drainage holes, and empty the saucer afterward. Never let the philodendron sit in standing water for too long as this will cause root rot. For a healthy root system, it is best to let the soil partially dry out before watering again.

Philodendrons enjoy high humidity that mimics their native jungle habitat. To increase humidity around your philodendron, you can either mist the foliage regularly, or provide a humidity tray. For misting, you can use the fine-mist setting on a spray bottle a few times a week. There are many humidity trays on the market, but you can use any tray or saucer and some clean pebbles. Place the pebbles in the tray with a bit of water, and then set the philodendron on top.


Philodendron Watering Tips

  • Let soil dry out slightly between waterings
  • Increase moisture with a humidity tray or by misting 
  • Don’t let your philodendron sit in water
  • Water if foliage looks wilted
  • Hold off on water if foliage is yellow and soil feels wet


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Author Chris Link - Published 3-6-2023