Philodendron Atom

An easy to care for compact sub-tropical looking plant with its evergreen wavy high gloss leaves. The Philodendron Atom is a relatively new species to the market place. It is incredibly trendy with its large lobed leaves and creates a feeling of tranquillity and health within the home.

The Philodendron Atom is part of the large genus of flowering plants in the Araceae family, within the Philodendron genus there are almost 500 species. Philodendrons tend to originate from the rainforests of Brazil and Paraguay. They are typically large and imposing plants, climbing other plants and growing in other trees. The name Philodendron comes from the Greek word phileo, meaning “to love” and dendron meaning “tree”.

One of the excellent things about the Philodendron Atom is that it is low maintenance and a known air purifier. The clean air study completed by NASA in 1989 identified Philodendrons as an effective plant in removing formaldehyde and improving the air quality.

The Philodendron Atom is a hardy plant and responds well in bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and areas of shade. It will tolerate our dry indoor conditions but thrives in humidity. A misting from time to time would be welcomed.

Philodendron Atom Plant Care

Temperature

The Philodendron Atom prefers a warm and humid environment

Light

The Philodendron Atom will thrive in indirect sunlight. However, it will tolerate a shadier position. The foliage will appear a deeper green in a shady position. Direct sun light will burn its leaves.

Watering

Likes moist soil. Not too wet and not too dry. Water regularly but allow the soil to partly dry out before watering again. The roots do not like to be left wet so ensure that your pot has good drainage.

Soil

The Philodendron Atom prefers a rich soil that retains moisture.

Re- Potting

When the Philodendron Atom roots appear to have filled the bottom of the pot it is time to upgrade the pot size.

Pruning

If any leaves need removing it is fine to cut them off at the base of the plant.

Fertilizer

During spring and summer use an all-purpose liquid plant food to promote new growth.

Toxicity

Philodendrons are toxic plants. Digestion of any part of the plant can cause problems. Keep out of reach of both children and pets.

Potential Problems

Dried Leaves: When the edges of the leaves are dried and yellowing it can indicate an environment that is too dry.