How to Care for a Philo or Philodendron Selloum "Hope" Houseplant
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.
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
Effect on Philo Hope
Easy to over-water; makes plant prone to rotting
A healthy, thriving plant
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.
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.
Questions & Answers
What causes new leaves on a Philodendron Selloum plant to turn yellow?
If full new, & healthy leaves are turning yellow it is likely that the plant is getting too much water and (or) not enough light.Helpful 35
Why are the tips of my Philo plant leaves turning brown? What can I do?
Leaf tips will brown if water at any point is inconsistent, or too much. For Philo Hope do your best to water just consistently enough, this plant can be a bit finicky about water, I currently have one in my home that is quite healthy, and is looked after closely, but still gets modest brown leaf tips on the older foliage regularly.Helpful 21
I need to repot an over 40-year-old philodendron selloume plant. It’s completely flopped over! I don’t want to damage it, it’s an important plant, as my friend received this plant when her brother passed away over 40 years ago! How do I repot it without damaging it?
I do understand that some people prefer not to trim plants, particularly those with sentimental value. As with any repotting job do your best to minimize external stressors such as temperature, air, water, and impact extremes during the repotting process. Keep this plant's environment as stable as possible, and pot it up a size with good quality soil. If the plant has "flopped over" due to growth, you may want to add some support with wooden stakes to help it regain balance.Helpful 12
My Philo lost a lot of leaves, and now, only three are left. Are there any natural fertilizers I can use to help grow back the leaves?
If your Philo has suddenly experienced a great deal of defoliation, I recommend determining the probable cause, which may likely be found in the environment, before applying fertilizer. Sudden, dramatic leaf loss is most likely a symptom of underwater, dramatic temperature changes, or a change in airflow from the heater or AC kicking on. If fertilizer is given and a plant is under an environmental stress the fertilizer can make matters worse.Helpful 10
If the plant gets "leggy" or top-heavy what is the best way to trim back?
You can cut it back where the primary stalk is attached to the foliage, but be advised that if you do this, it will not grow back. On occasion, it may develop a new primary stem from the base of the plant.
Use stakes if you would like to stabilize and preserve the plant. This can be an effective method.Helpful 7