Who am I?
Hi, my name is Philodendron Selloum! I am also known as Horsehead Philodendron… I belong to the Araceae family, one of the three Philodendron families. I can grow on the bottom but also like to climb a moss stick. When allowed to climb, I produce long aerial roots that also use water and fishing.
Where do I come from?
My origins are in South America, in Brazil as well as in Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay. I now feel very much at home in living rooms all over the world!
How big will I get?
What defines me is that I grow very fast! In my natural habitat I can grow over 10 meters high with leaves of almost one meter! Echter zal ik in uw kamer niet zó groot worden en worden mijn bladeren daar maximaal 30 á 40 cm.
How much do I want to drink?
My large leaves are thick and leathery, so they don’t evaporate much moisture. This means I need surprisingly little water. Nor do I like to stand in wet earth, if you are not careful my roots will rot. Keeps me evenly moist without drying me out completely. Multiple browning leaves indicate too little water (of course a few fall off due to age), while yellow leaves are caused by too much water.
Where do I want to be and what temperatures do I like?
In South America it is usually nice and warm and so I can’t stand the cold. I prefer not to be exposed to temperatures below 15 degrees, so keep me inside! I like a lot of light and it allows me to grow quickly, just be careful with the hot afternoon sun. Especially if you put me very close to the window I can get burn marks in my leaves!