Houseplants are the ultimate home accessory, adding color + gentle energy + fresh air to any space. And they’re easy to take care of – IF you know what you’re doing.
Michelle Slatalla, editor in chief of Gardenista, is bringing us houseplant care guides all season long, so you can greenify your home this season and keep your new friends alive!
Lacy Leaf Philodendron
Light Requirements: Partial shade or indirect light.
Water Requirements: Prefers quick-draining soil; don’t let the roots sit in water.
Of the 900 species of philodendron, those with lacy, bifurcated leaves are perhaps the most showy – and they’re my favorites. A Brazilian rainforest native, Lacy Leaf Philodendron can easily become a tree if you allow it to run amok. Or use the enormous leaves as placemats at an outdoor party. A favorite among the Victorian botanical set, it’s equally at home in a modern setting.
Michelle Slatalla is the editor in chief of Gardenista, a sourcebook for practical, design-focused gardening. You can follow all of their tips + news + inspiration on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.