How to Care for a Philo or Philodendron Selloum "Hope" Houseplant

Updated on July 6, 2018
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Philodendron selloum is a tropical plant that can be a great showpiece for your home or office.
Philodendron selloum is a tropical plant that can be a great showpiece for your home or office. | Source

Tropical Cut-Leaf or Split-Leaf Philodendron Hope Plant Facts

Philodendron selloum, Philodendron Hope, or "Philo" for short, is one of the many plant varieties in the Philodendron genus. It is known for its fabulous, showy, wide, and welcoming leaves that have the feel of a tropical jungle. It is an easy-care houseplant as long as it stays in a proper environment and is cared for thoughtfully.

As a member of the Philodendron genus—alongside the ever-popular cordatum, Congo, and xanadu—this lush, leafy floor plant makes a great addition to your home or office.

Native habitats of Philodendron Hope.
Native habitats of Philodendron Hope.

The Best Environment for the Philo or Philodendron Hope Plant

Like most other plants in the Philodendron genus, Philodendron Hope enjoys a mild climate that is neither too hot nor too cold, and neither too bright nor too dark—it likes to be in just the right place.

The ideal indoor environment provides moderate or diffused natural light. Artificial indoor light sources that can be left on for a significant period of time work, but natural, moderate light is best.

Philodendron Hope is also capable of tolerating high light conditions indoors; however, it will likely need periodic fertilizer applications to avoid nutrient deficiencies and chlorosis, since lots of light causes an increase in growth and productivity.

On the other hand, Philodendron Hope in low light is prone to rot at its roots and in the stem and leaves, and probably won't last in an aesthetically pleasing way for any significant period of time. It is also very easy to over-water the plant in low light, so it is best to avoid placing your Philodendron Hope in said lighting.

For best results, place your plant in an area with moderate lighting, mild indoor temperatures, and comfortable airflow. Avoid extremes of any kind.

Preferred Lighting Conditions for Philodendron Selloum

Lighting Conditions
Ideal?
Effect on Philo Hope
Low
No
Easy to over-water; makes plant prone to rotting
Medium
Yes
A healthy, thriving plant
High
Yes, with extra care
Will need periodic application of fertilizer

Caring for and Watering Your Plant

Philodendron Hope, like other Philodendron varieties, enjoys a balance of moist and dry soil.

When watering your plant, check the soil surface to make sure that it is dry to the touch. Generally, the plant should be watered enough to moisten the soil all the way through. If moderate environmental conditions are met, it's not necessary to leave standing water in the liner; however, if there is too much heat, airflow, or light, water in the liner may be necessary. Allow the soil surface to become dry to the touch before watering again.

Cutting and Removing Leaves From Your Philo Hope

Philodendron Hope will lose a leaf here and there as they grow. These dead leaves should be removed by snapping the base of the leaf stem off of the primary plant trunk; or, in the case of a dense variety, the leaves should be snapped off as close to the soil as possible.

It is also a good idea to periodically remove dried-up new leaf husks. Indoors, this dry leaf material can be a catalyst for fungus gnats, so keeping organic material cleared away is a great preventative measure for avoiding infestation.

As it ages, Philodendron Hope can grow out along its centralized trunk, turning itself into something more like a tree than a bushy floor plant. The trunk can be pruned back if it grows out of control. This plant is also known to grow long, trailing air roots. These are perfectly natural, and whether or not they are attractive is a matter of personal opinion. If you do not like the look of the air roots or if they are becoming intrusive, they can be cut back.

Be aware that Philodendron Hope is considered poisonous. Be sure not to ingest any of the fluid that may get on you after pruning a trunk or cutting away unsightly dead leaves.

Philodendron Hope is considered poisonous. Be careful not to ingest any fluid that may get on you while pruning or cutting.

Liven up your indoors with this exotic plant that's easy to care for.
Liven up your indoors with this exotic plant that's easy to care for. | Source

A Low-Maintenance, Decorative Houseplant for Your Enjoyment

Philodendron Hope can be a fairly easy interior plant to care for—provided that you are mindful of its characteristics and needs. It can be a fabulous choice for a lush indoor floor plant, filling the space with a touch of tropical beauty.

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      Why does my beautiful plant keep getting mushy spots? I'm so SAD.. He's half gone! Help!

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