Let's get real for a moment. Adulting is hard stuff. Back in elementary school all the paperwork and appointments looked fun, but in the thick of it, things can look a little less promising. Sure you can stay up as late as you'd like (but you'll pay for it tomorrow morning during that 8 AM conference call) and you've officially celebrated your 29th birthday for the tenth (wait, eleventh!) time.
How to get through? We have a few tricks up our sleeves (wine, anyone?) but a plant pal or two is one of our favorites! Put water in (on a schedule, of course, you're an adult now!) and give it a little light and you'll be rewarded with some fun foliage and the satisfaction that you've kept a living thing doing that living thing for another day. Good job, plant parent! And if that's not enough, this sweet Philodendron Selloum is commonly referred to as a "Hope" philodendron. She's the perfect plant partner in crime to help you keep on keeping on through the tough stuff!
- Hope aside you'll need a regular watering schedule and a happy home in indirect sunlight to help your new philodendron thriving. What's best? Try five feet away from a sunny window on your space. Your new philodendron is tropical by nature so she prefers a little extra moisture! If you're keeping her in a drier environment like an office (homes that use their heaters a lot tend to run on the more arid side as well) we recommend spritzing her leaves once a week with a fine mist spray bottle. Too high maintenance? Our lazy plant lady trick is to bring the plant into the bathroom while we shower once or twice a week. All that warm water will naturally create more humidity for you - no extra effort required.
- When it comes to watering we always recommend setting up a weekly watering session. Plants, like people, do best when they're on a schedule! For a plant this size, we recommend starting with 1/2 cup of cool tap water once a week in the morning. Before your next session check the top of the soil for moisture. If it's still feeling damp to the touch we recommend using less H20! When watering removes the plastic liner from the outer vessel and place it into the sink. Pour the water directly on the soil near the base of the plant and let it drain fully (usually thirty minutes) before replacing the plastic pot.
- Your new plant pal has a few tells to let you know if she's happy or not! Like a mood ring, if she is sporting bright green, glossy foliage you'll know she is feeling alive, awake, alert enthusiastic! A+ for you! If she's getting too much sunlight her foliage will turn lighter in color and you may also notice burn marks (i.e. browning). If this happens to find her a new spot with a little less sunlight!