Aroid is the common name for members of the Araceae family of plants, which includes Philodendrons. These houseplants are among the most popular for their ease of cultivation and stunning foliage.
These instructions are appropriate for the following plants:
Birkin Philodendron (Philodendron ‘Birkin’)
Silver Sword Philodendron (Philodendron hastatum)
Ginny Mini Monstera (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma)
Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus)
It is very important to unbox these plants immediately upon arrival. Test the soil, and if it is dry to the touch, water thoroughly and allow excess water to drain off. Never allow the plants to sit in water.
Provide a location indoors with medium to bright, indirect light (Satin Pothos can tolerate lower light). Avoid a location with direct, hot afternoon sun especially in summer.
Water thoroughly when the soil surface is dry, and always allow the excess water to drain off. Watering frequency may change depending on the plant’s light exposure, ambient temperature, humidity, and day length, so test the soil moisture with your finger!
Use an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer monthly during the growing season. Follow the label directions.
Depending on the particular plant and its growing conditions, you may need to repot it. If the plant has produced a lot of foliage and appears too big for its container or if it’s sending heavy roots out of the drainage holes, it may be good to give it more room.
Choose a larger container and use standard potting soil for indoor plants.
Vining Aroids can benefit from a trellis or other support. A moss pole offers the added benefit of a secure place for the aerial roots to cling to and absorb moisture. A simple
DIY moss pole can be fashioned with moistened sphagnum or coco coir tied to a wooden, bamboo or plastic stake. The plant may require some initial training to cling to the pole, which can be done by gently tying the vine to the pole with cotton or jute twine. For instructions on moss pole assembly, check the internet. A quick search will yield lots of ideas!