Indoor plants

The philodendron

The irrigation of the Philodendron

This evergreen climber with wide and typical leaves comes from South America and is part of the dense and varied taxonomic grouping of the Araceae. Usually placed in embellishment inside the apartment, it has a considerable need to be wet, mainly based on its position and the current climatic season. In spring and especially in summer the philodendronit will be generously and constantly watered, even several times a week, with daily moistening of the leaves, while the wettings will be suitably moderate in the cold season and carried out only when the soil has dried and dried up. In any case, it will be necessary to avoid dangerous stagnation of the watering water, which can damage or weaken the root system of the evergreen.

As previously mentioned, the philodendron is a plant to be placed inside the house and must be equipped with a soil full of organic substances, with a significant presence of peat which, combined with sandy elements, can allow the lower compactness of the soil and perfect drainage. Periodically, with the arrival of spring days, it is recommended to repot the climber using gradually larger containers, to allow regular growth and prevent the roots from completely filling the container, thus preventing the normal nourishment of the plant. Conversely, no particular pruning operations appear to be necessary for this typical climber, as it is sufficient to remove all those leaves that are old,

Fertilization and fertilization of the philodendron

As far as fertilization is concerned, a few simple rules must be followed. Normally, the plant lives in a pot and must be fertilized with good regularity, to ensure the right nutrients needed. Fertilization should preferably be carried out every two weeks from the beginning of spring until the end of August, with suspension of the work in the remaining part of the year. For this purpose, fertilizers of a solid nature, so-called slow or release, or more appropriately of a liquid nature, diluted in watering water, in both cases specific to the type of plant and containing significant percentages of nitrogen, can be used. Organic fertilizers are widely used, appreciated for their ability to keep the soil vital.

The philodendron: Exposure of the plant and possible diseases

This strong and resistant evergreen will usually be placed inside the house, throughout the year. By its nature, it prefers illuminated environments and sunlight, shielded by windows and glass, but it also adapts well to dim or completely shady areas, as long as they are sufficiently warm and not affected by sudden air flows. The philodendron, in fact, loves high thermal conditions and does not like temperatures below 11 – 12 ° C. Finally, the climber can be the object of attacks by insects and parasites, such as the red spider and the fearsome cochineal. In this case, it will be necessary to eliminate them by carefully cleaning the plant with soap or other suitable detergents, or, in the most serious cases, using a specific insecticide.

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