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Adopting and caring for an Olympiad
- Adopting: Adding a lush, well-grown Philodendron Olympiad to a plant collection is a feeling only a true plant parent can understand.
- Locating: Philodendrons are shade growers that thrive in medium to bright light even though they are known to tolerate low light conditions too. If you are locating them indoors it’s best to rotate the plants around once every few weeks, giving them a bright window or a balcony for a few days.
- Potting: Philodendrons do not need any special type of potting soil. Being a tropical native, they do well in any well-drained potting soil rich with organic material. Use a mix of coco-peat, compost, sand in 20:60:20 ratio
- Watering: Overwatering is the chief cause of disease or death of any plant. While a Philodendron needs regular watering, do ensure that you don’t overwater them. To get the plant to show off its richly colored leaves it is best to wipe them clean with a moist tissue or cloth once every month. In drier months, misting them a few times a day could help improve humidity around the plant, helping them flourish.
- Fertilizing: Feeding your Philodendron a few times a year is a good way to get them to stay healthy. Give them some organic liquid fertilizer once or twice a year. Dilute it in water as described on the pack and add little to each pot as part of your watering routine. If you are using a chemical fertilizer do ensure that you keep it away from the plant and its base.
- A Philodendron is an easy to care plant that keeps on giving. You can take cuttings of any stem from the plant, place it in a bottle or jar of water, and in days it will begin to root. Even in just water, these clippings will root and leaf out.
Did you know
Did you know: Many Philodendrons, including the Olympiad, change their leaf forms as they mature. What starts out as a generic, heart-like form will evolve into more distinctive shapes as the plant grows bigger and matures.
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