There are so many beautiful and varied foliaged Philodendron – and frankly, I’m adding to my collection of those variations monthly, it seems. But to get the absolute best results for any Philodendron, the plant needs to be fully watered and allowed to have the soil dry out a bit (down an inch or more).
Now, of course, if you’re growing your Philodendrons in nothing but water, then… you already have your plants settled the way you want them to be. Philodendrons do well in only water, but that’s the subject of another post. 🙂
I’ve tried both ways. For me, using the traditional method of pot and drainage saucer gives me the best-looking, longest-living plants. My biggest drawback to tending to my plants is underwatering and not remembering to check on them more often. This is why I went to self-watering pots for many of my plants. Yet, it’s been a learning experience to see for myself which plants do well in self-watering pots… and which ones do not.
Frankly, I replaced more Philodendrons while using the self-watering pots than I ever did by using the pot and drainage saucer method. That was a wake-up call because a few of those Philodendrons were expensive. And it hurt when I lost them to having far too much moisture in their soil… I was able to propagate from some of those plants, so it wasn’t a total waste, but it was significant when I lost the “mother” plant because of my mistakes.
So, in my opinion, to get the best results from your Philodendrons:
- Use a pot and drainage container
- Water fully
- Empty excess water from drainage container
- Allow the soil to dry out down 1 or 2 inches in the soil before watering again
- Good plant fertilizer is a huge help to these plants
The end of 2023 took an unexpected turn for me.
I ended up with pneumonia and some heart issues – up to that day I’d not needed daily medicine beyond the occasional headache medicine. That was soon to change.
Given how ill I was at that time, I’ve done some re-evaluating of my life. After all, I am in my early 70s now and should be a bit more aware of my health – I couldn’t just breeze along as I’d been doing any longer. I’d had a good run of being okay, but the reality is… I wasn’t okay and needed to address that now not later.
Since this is a fun website where I showcase some of my joys (and annoyances) in life, I thought it would be the perfect place to talk about health in older folks, what options are available to keep us healthy, and thoughts on my own journey (although I’m not going to get too personal here). I’m no expert but I do know how to research and that’s what I’ll be doing.
So, welcome to the Health category with future posts to come. 🙂
Syngonium White Butterfly
Also known as the Arrowhead plant, the Syngonium White Butterfly loves medium light – watered when the top soil is dry – humidity – and fertilized during the growing season.
This plant is part of the Chinese Evergreen family and its care is rather similar. I adore the pink on this one and really hope that this one takes off for me.
Medium indirect light. They’ll tend to get leggy and lose some of the colorations if kept in lower light so watch how your plant is doing and move it accordingly.
Moist but well-draining soil which means let that top inch begin to dry out then water. I’ll have mine in self-watering wicked pots so I believe that will work best for this plant as I can control the water somewhat by not having a full reservoir or allowing it to go dry for a day or two if it seems to be getting too much water. It’s a learning process using self-watering containers for certain!
The Aglaonema Wishes is considered a good beginning plant for its care is relatively easy. Keep an eye on it, and give it what it needs and you should have a happy plant.
Syngonium Pixie White ‘Mini’ or Dwarf Arrowhead
I love the look of this plant. Petite, yet with light and green coloration, it fits perfectly just about anywhere.
Bright, indirect sunlight.
As this plant prefers humid and moist conditions, you’d be safe in either keeping the plant evenly moist all the time – or allowing only the top inch to dry out before watering. I will be growing this in self-watering wicked containers, so I think those conditions will suit the Syngonium Pixie White ‘Mini’ very well.
It may vine, although the Mini or Dwarf tend to stay compact… vining is a possibility.
Syngonium ‘Pink Splash’
I love the look of this beauty and have my fingers crossed that I can successfully grow and care for this plant. In general, its care is rather basic.
Medium to bright light is where the Syngonium ‘Pink Splash’ will probably enjoy life best. While some will say that it is low-light tolerant, I would still aim for more in the medium light range since you’ll not want those lovely pink areas to fade away back to green.
The general rule is to allow the plant to dry out somewhat between deep waterings. When you can feel dry soil down about to the first knuckle on your finger, that’s probably a good time to add some water. I will be growing mine in self-watering wicked pots so my watering will be a bit different. I will not keep the reservoir full all the time but will allow it to go dry for a day or so before adding water. It is going to be a test and learn, but I find that all self-watering pots only draw up what’s necessary to keep the plants lightly moist, so by allowing it to dry out a few days in between filling the water reservoir it should be fine. Again, learning and will provide updates as time moves on.
You’ll want a fast draining soil for your Syngonium ‘Pink Splash’ to prevent it from being overwatered.
There are so many wonderful plant websites around with far more details than I have here. Honestly, these are just as much for my own knowledge in caring for my new plants as they are to pass along information that works for me. I’m far from an expert, but there are those online who know far more than I do.