Philodendron, "Hope" Selloum
Description The Philodendron Hope Selloum (Philodendron bipinnatifidum), recently reclassified Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum or the Tree Philodendron, is a hardy native of the tropical regions of South America. In the correct conditions, their deeply lobed leaves can grow up to almost 5 feet, but indoors they can still give an immensely tropical feel to any room.
Indoor Care Diffused, moderate light. The ideal indoor environment provides moderate or diffused natural light. Artificial indoor light sources that can be left on for a significant period of time work, but natural, moderate light is best. If in bright light, use fertilizer. Philodendron Hope is also capable of tolerating high light conditions indoors; however, it will likely need periodic fertilizer applications to avoid nutrient deficiencies and chlorosis, since lots of light causes an increase in growth and productivity. Match water to amount of light. On the other hand, Philodendron Hope in low light is prone to rot at its roots and in the stem and leaves, and probably won't last in an aesthetically pleasing way for any significant period of time. It is also very easy to over-water the plant in low light, so it is best to avoid placing your Philodendron Hope in said lighting.
Toxicity Toxic to humans, cats and dogs if leaves are crushed against skin or ingested. (Calcium oxalate crystals are in the plant's fluid which cause skin irritation if the plant leaves are ripped by hands)
Dimensions Available in 6" or 10" pots.