Why do philodendrons make excellent houseplants?


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Philodendrons make excellent houseplants because they require minimal care and grow in conditions that are considered comfortable by their owners. Philodendrons are also not prone to having insects on them.

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Philodendrons react quickly to any care they receive. A philodendron with drooping leaves or one with small, unusually pale leaves quickly improves after receiving water. The little care required by a philodendron makes it a great houseplant for inexperienced plant owners or for those with several houseplants.

Philodendrons do best in an environment that is between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This flexibility allows people to enjoy their desired indoor temperature while having a thriving houseplant. Philodendrons can withstand most light conditions in homes, and dry air does not have an adverse effect on them. Philodendrons do not fare well when left in direct sunlight for an extended period of time or when they are kept in dark areas.

The two main types of philodendrons are climbing and self-heading plants. The self-heading type does not require any support, while the climbing type is to be grown on a support. The climbing variety grows especially fast. Philodendrons originated in the West Indies and the tropical climates of South and Central America.

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