Philodendron Hope Selloum: Tree Philodendron Plant Care

What is a Philodendron Hope?

The Philodendron Hope (botanical name Philodendron bipinnatifidum) is a tropical house plant native to South America.

This large plant is known for its deeply lobed leaves, each connected to its leaf stem protruding from the base.

It can also be referred to as the Tree Philodendron. It can grow enormous in wild tropical regions; one leaf can grow up to 3 feet long!

Philodendron Hope plants tend to remain a lot tamer as house plants.

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That said, they can be fast-growing plants if they receive lots of bright indirect light, so you may need to prune their growth a bit if you are trying to contain your Philodendron Hope in a small space.

Otherwise, you can let them fill in the area with their natural foliage.

Overall, they grow great indoors and make a beautiful addition to any room (as a plus, they purify the air too).

Let’s discuss caring for the unique Philodendron ‘Hope’ Selloum!

Philodendron Hope Plant Care

Temperature and Climate

Like other Philodendron varieties, the Philodendron Hope enjoys a warm and humid environment.

The ideal temperature range is between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (16-32 degrees Celsius).

If your temperatures change pretty drastically throughout the seasons, you may want to bring the Philodendron Hope indoors in the fall and put it back outside in the spring.

If temperatures regularly drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), you should bring this plant indoors.

If you are concerned that humidity levels are insufficient for your Philodendron Selloum, you can place a pebble tray underneath the pot or lightly mist the plant every couple of days.

Be sure not to overspray because too much water and moisture on the leaves could cause disease (especially if the Hope Philodendron is in the shade for extended periods of the day).

Light

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Philodendron Hope likes lots of bright light but not too much direct light exposure.

Bright, indirect light will provide lots of energy for this plant without burning its leaves—you will see lots of growth if your plant is in this environment.

Tree Philodendron can live in low- and moderate-light environments, but they will grow much slower (maybe that is preferable for you).

Just be sure to give your Philodendron some light every day. A north-or east-facing window will provide a lot of bright light without direct sunlight.

Watering

The Philodendron Hope Selloum can be a little tricky with watering needs. You want moist soil but not soggy soil.

Give your plant a deep watering and wait until the soil feels dry on the top two inches before watering again.

Excess water is the leading cause of disease for the Philodendron Hope, so be sure to avoid letting the roots sit in really wet soil for days on end.

If you notice yellow leaves or foliage dying, the moisture level is probably too high, and you should be watering less.

The moisture level can vary slightly, but the soil should dry out a bit between waterings to prevent disease.

Also, plant pots must have drainage holes so that excess water can drain out of the bottom of the pot.

If the pot you planted your Philodendron Hope does not have drainage holes, consider buying a pot with drainage holes or drilling some holes into your current one.

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Soil

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Philodendron Hope loves well-draining, good-quality soil.

So, use soil with elements like sand, peat moss, and perlite to prevent the roots from sitting in water.

These plants are also pretty robust and appreciate occasional fertilizing.

To avoid nutrient deficiencies, you should amend your soil every couple of months with a slow-release fertilizer or natural compost.

This will ensure that your Philo Hope has vibrant and healthy foliage throughout the year.

Propagation

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You will see some dead leaves now and then on your Philodendron plant—it is natural. Cut leaves that are brown or dead and discard them.

If you want to propagate your plant, the easiest method is through stem cuttings. Choose a healthy stem with a leaf node intact and cut near the base.

Place the stem cutting into a glass of water and wait for roots to emerge. When you see roots, transplant your cutting into a potting vessel with fresh soil.

Philodendrons are pretty fast growers, so you can propagate lots of starts off of one plant (especially during the growing seasons of spring and summer).

If you don’t want more plants, prune your Philodendron to the desired size.

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Pests and Diseases

Root rot is the most common disease for Philodendrons. If you see leaves turning yellow or discoloration around the base of the plant, your plant may have root rot.

In this case, you should transplant your Philodendron ‘Hope’ and remove any dead or diseased roots from the plant.

Wear gloves not to spread disease to other parts of the plant.

Pests are pretty rare. If you notice any bug infestations on your plant, spray with a mixture of neem oil, soap, and water once per day until they are gone.

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FAQs

How big does a Philodendron ‘Hope’ grow?

If given the proper conditions, the Philodendron Hope can reach up to five feet in height and its leaves can grow up to three feet in length, which is quite impressive. When grown indoors, they do, on the other hand, tend to be a little smaller.

Can Philodendron Hope take full sun?

No, Philodendron Hope cannot take full sun. Despite the fact that Philodendron Hope Selloum can withstand more light than other Philodendrons, this plant may be damaged by direct sunlight (especially in the summer). Throughout the day, it prefers bright, indirect light to be present.

How much light does a Philodendron ‘Hope’ need?

Philodendron Hope can handle about 2-3 hours of direct sunlight in the morning and 3–4 hours of indirect sunlight the rest of the day. However, while the Philodendron Hope can survive in low-light conditions, it prefers brighter conditions.

Conclusion

This tropical beauty will make a powerful and beautiful addition to any room in your house.

The Philodendron Hope plant is a simple plant to care for as long as you water it regularly, provide it with plenty of sunlight, and feed it with the appropriate fertilizer.

But you should be aware of the insects and diseases that can infest this plant and prevent it from growing.

As a bonus, cuttings from the stem of the Philodendron Hope plant can be used to grow the plant and make more plants.

Other Philodendron Plants to Consider

Philodendron plants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them a popular houseplant choice. Here is a list of other Philodendron plants to consider for your home, office, or outdoor garden.

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