The Philodendron Selloum is an easy going philodendron. This plant in the right conditions can get BIG! Though this plant has been reclassified as Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum that is a mouthful to say so we will call this plant Philodendron Selloum for this blog post.
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Philodendron Selloum does best in bright light. So place this plant within a few feet of a window. Some direct light is ok but be careful of the intensity of the light. Meaning and east facing window is going to have less intense direct sun while a west facing window will be stronger light. If your home lacks light you can add grow lights. Grow lights are so helpful on darker winter days and in that dark areas of the house that need a plant.
It’s a good habit to check your Selloum weekly to see if it needs water during the spring and summer. If the soil looks dry, dig around to see if its dry an inch or two down. If it is, you can give it some water. This Philodendron is also very forgiving should you forget to water or want to go longer between waterings like during winter.
In the winter months your plant may need less water depending on how dry your home is and if the plant has gone dormant. Our winters are cold and dry so I base my watering on how dry the soil is as opposed to how long its been since I watered it last.
For winter houseplant care tips read this!
Normal home humidity seems to work just fine for the Philodendron Selloum and many other philodendrons but adding in extra humidity doesn’t hurt especially if your home is dry. You’ll notice changes in your plants when you provide more humidity in your home. Such as more growth and potentially bigger foliage.
Philodendrons love a well draining soil mix. Take a bag of potting soil and combine it with Orchid Bark and Perlite. That will give you the perfect well draining mix that will keep your Selloum happy.
This Plant loves to be fed during the growing season and isn’t particular about what fertilizer you use. Organic fertilizer tend to be my go to for all plants with my favorite being fish emulsion. Fertilize weekly during the growing season and give an extremely diluted amount during winter.
The Selloum produces aerial roots. The aerial roots can be tucked into the soil or left to cascade across the floor. They can also be cut off if not found aesthetically pleasing or used as a way for propagation.
The Philodendron Selloum is an amazing houseplant. It can grow very large if you provide the proper care. Be sure to provide this plant a prime location in your home because it’s a showstopper!