How Often and How Much to Water Your Philodendrons

Last Updated on November 4, 2022 by Stephanie

Water philodendrons that get a good soak every week throughout their growth spurt in Spring and summer. Mist the leaves of philodendrons by water twice every week since philodendrons like greater humidity. The philodendrons should be watered once every 10 days or more in winter.

Continue reading to find out how to recognize whether your philodendron is watered or overwatered, and for the most effective methods of watering…

How Often to Water Philodendron Plants

Philodendron is indigenous to the tropical regions where they thrive in forests that have well-draining porous, moist soils that have a high level of humidity and regular rainfall.

Because philodendrons are adjusted to relatively high humidity and frequent rain They require that the soil be consistently humid and may be affected if the soil dry out and shows signs of stress, such as the brown, drooping leaves but they also affected by problems caused by excessive watering when your soil becomes boggy rather than moist, and fails to drain properly.

For philodendron to thrive at home, you need to mimic the conditions of their natural habitat by watering frequently.

The water philodendron needs a good soak to ensure that the water drips through the drainage holes at the base. Allow the top two inches to dry slightly before watering it again. Sprinkle your leaves in water one or twice every month to produce a moist microclimate that resembles their natural habitat.

Typically , this means watering your philodendron every week, with a good soak. However, the exact frequency at which you need to water your philodendron will depend on your climate and the changing conditions at home. Things like:

  • The temperature and humidity of your climate
  • The size of this philodendrons pot (smaller pots dry faster than larger pots)
  • The philodendrons temperature is subject to temperature fluctuations caused by cooling sources or heating sources.
  • The ability of soil to hold water.

philodendron plant against white background

To determine how often you should water your philodendron depending on the climate of your area, take a look at the two inches that are the top of the soil using your finger to determine the amount of soil water. If the soil remains damp, then you should wait to water it. If the top 2 inches of soil feel somewhat dry, its the ideal moment to give your philodendron a an adequate soak.

When you have figured out the time it takes for the top two inches of Philodendrons potting soil to appear somewhat dry, you can create an appropriate watering schedule that will meet the needs of the philodendrons within your home.

This is similar to the normal soil conditions in the native philodendrons.

How to Tell If Your Not Watering Philodendron Often Enough

Since philodendrons are tropical plant that thrive in humid soil, they are more vulnerable to the effects of watering too little or over watering.

If you dont water your philodendrons enough often the leaves will become brown and begin to slide downwards. The low humidity can cause the margins of the leaves to darken, which may extend into the entire leaf, when it is located in an area that is humid or is in the flow of cooling.

If this happens to your philodendron, it is an obvious sign to increase the frequency with which you water your plant as well as to spray it with more frequently.

Philodendrons usually recover from a bout of poor watering provided they are given a thorough soak and make sure it remains consistently moist over the following few days.

After two or three cycles of watering, the philodendron will be showing indicators of healing.

How to Tell if You are Watering Philodendron Too Often

If your philodendrons leaves are becoming yellow and drooping, this could be due to excessive water surrounding the root ball. This can result from over-watering slow draining soils, containers or pots that do not have drainage holes at their bases and due to using saucers and trays, and decorative pots.

The problem isnt always due to over the watering, but rather due to the water pooling around the roots because it is unable to escape from the bottom of the pot.

The excess water obstructs oxygen from the soil , which hinders the roots respiration and hinders the roots ability to function, causing it is unable to absorb water and nutrients in a proper manner. This is the reason that the leaves of philodendron become yellow and begin to droop.

(For more information on how to revitalize your philodendron, read my article Why is my philodendron declining?)

How Often to Water Philodendron in Winter

The rate at which the philodendron grows in winter can be slowed substantially due to fewer hours of light and less intensity of light.

This reduces the need of philodendrons for water, so the plant may be watered less frequently in winter, but the soil shouldnt dry out completely.

How often you need to water your philodendron during Winter will depend on the climate, as certain regions require heat sources like forced air or radiators in Winter that can make the soil dry quickly.

Usually, watering once each 10 days. This is ideal since it fulfills the requirements for watering of the philodendron, without putting it at risk for root rot.

If the two inches that are the top of the soil are dry, provide the soil with a nice soak, and the philodendron will flourish. It is also possible to mist the philodendron a bit more frequently in winter because the air inside our homes is often very dry during the winter months.

Well Draining Soil is Crucial When Watering Philodendrons

The proper watering of philodendrons should be done along with planting the plants in the correct pots to prevent root decay.

Philodendrons thrive in moist, porous soil that drains well in their natural habitat and do not like soil that is compacted or without an aerated structure because they hinder the roots from working correctly.

Plant philodendron with 3 parts of ordinary potters soil to one part perlite. Perlite improves drainage of the soil and increases the size of the pores in the soil, ensuring that it is aerated and aerated, so that roots perform their functions properly.

Perlite aids in drainage, ensuring that the soil stays damp within the ball of root, rather than boggy, preventing issues that arise from over-watering.

The soils structure is remarkably similar to the soil contour of Philodendrons native habitat.

If you use the right mix for your potting mix, its much simpler to keep the ideal humidity balance for philodendrons. It is also easier to avoid any negative effects of excessive irrigation to ensure that your plant is well-nourished.

How Much to Water Philodendrons

While the frequency of watering your philodendron may vary due to a variety of variables however, the amount of water you need to use is the same.

Always give philodendrons an adequate soak to ensure that the excess water drips off the bottom in the planter.

This will ensure that water penetrated the soil in a way that its evenly moist, and that the roots will be able to absorb the water that the philodendron needs.

A great soak each time you water can also promote the development of healthy roots

When you are watering the philodendrons potting soil too much, only the top inch it becomes wet and the water doesnt penetrate further into the soil, causing the leaves to drop and then turn brown, which is a indication of stress due to drought.

Water Philodendrons in Pots With Good Drainage

While philodendrons need soil that is evenly moist, they will not like their roots to be in soil that is saturated, therefore it is crucial to plant them in containers or pots with drainage holes at the base so that excess water can be able to drain away.

A good soak to ensure that water flows easily out from the bottom of your pot is the ideal method to make sure that your philodendron gets enough being watered and that the soil is equally damp.

If your philodendron grows in pots that do not have drainage holes, the water will pool within the ball of root, and the leaves of the plant change color and eventually the plant goes to a death because of root decay.

It is possible for water to be accumulating around the roots in your potted philodendron, if:

  • The drainage holes are filled with roots or soil that has been compacted. If you observe that the soil is draining slowly , its worthwhile to check if you need to clear the drainage hole at the bottom to allow the water to drain in a proper manner.
  • Trays and saucers under the pot. Trays and saucers under the pot will stop water from spilling into your home, but it is important to clean the tray or saucer frequently to avoid water accumulation and causing the soil to become too wet for your philodendron.
  • Pots with decorative outer lids. Philodendrons are usually sold in plastic pots however they are presented in a beautiful outer pot with no drainage holes at the bottom. The outside pot causes water to collect within the ball of root, so make sure to empty the pot after every watering, or plant your philodendron inside the pot that has drainage holes in the base.

Key Takeaways:

  • Water philodendrons are watered once per week during the active growth period during the spring and summer. Mist the leaves of the philodendrons every week for two times to increase the humidity. Water philodendrons once every 10 days during Winter months.
  • Always give philodendrons an ample amount of water to ensure that the excess water drips out of the bottom of the pot, ensuring it is completely damp.
  • Plant philodendrons using three parts of potting soil and 1 perlite, to increase drainage and improve soil structure. This allows them to mimic the soil conditions of the native habitat of the philodendron plant.
  • When philodendron leaves are wet, they drop and then turn brown, which is an indication of stress. A lot of water within the ball of root causes the leaves to become yellow and then droop. Make sure the potting soil is evenly moist to allow the philodendron to remain healthy.


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