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Philodendron Hope

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Philodendron Hope

The easy-care Hope philodendron is a split leaf philodendron variety that only grows to 4 feet - an ideal tropical accent for any size South Florida yard.

This is one plant that needs no fussing over. Thriving in sun or shade, Hope is a versatile garden addition that can set off ho-hum landscaping with the lush look of the tropics. 

  • Hope is a moderate grower for sun or shade, though it's happiest in areas of part sun to part shade. It can get about 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide.
  • This plant does best in Zone 10. In Zone 9B you can keep it in a container and bring it indoors during cold weather.
  • Not too big, not too small, this plant doesn't climb like some philodendron varieties.
  • Philodendrons contain toxins - handling leaves and stems can cause skin irritations in some people, so if you're sensitive to these things, wear gloves.



      Easy To Grow

      Low Maintenance

      Great For Shaded Areas

      Grows To Cover Larger Area

      Grow Best: 

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      Ideal position:

      Performs best in Sun Light

      Any light is fine.

      Sun: full to part Sun, 6 plus hours direct sun daily



      Once a week, or when top inch of soil is dry, they are not as thirsty as many other common houseplants, but will drop leaves if they stay too wet or too dry for extended periods

      Healthy Temperatures:

      Warm, tropical vibes of 65-90°F

      Grown indoors as a houseplant but can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2-12


      Growth Outlook:

      Variegated ginger is a moderate grower that can reach heights of 3 to 4 feet, and grows 3 to 4 feet wide.

       Growth Rate: Fast


      Pet Friendly - NO

      NO. The philodendron family, which includes Swiss cheese plant, heartleaf and fiddle-leaf philodendron, have a toxicity level of mild to moderate for cats and dogs. Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.

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      Landscape uses for Philodendron Hope

      • Accent in a mixed bed 
      • Filler plant for a garden corner 
      • Along a deck or patio 
      • In a pool cage planter (in an area that won't get splashed) 
      • Between palm trunks
      • Entryway accent
      • Large, full plant for the corner of the house
      • Under tall trees
      • Container plant


      Plant care

      Add top soil or organic peat humus, mixed together with composted cow manure, to the hole when you plant.

      Choose a well-drained area that doesn't stay overly wet or any philodendron will rot from too much moisture.

      Water regularly but allow enough time for the plant to dry out a bit between waterings.

      The only need for trimming a Hope philodendron is to remove a dead leaf or stem occasionally.

      This is not a plant that should be cut back for size. Doing this is pretty much futile because of the way a philodendron grows (and doing so will spoil its good looks) so planning for ultimate size is important.

      Fertilize 3 times a year - once each in spring, summer and fall - with a good quality granular fertilizer.

      Plant spacing

      Plant 3 or 4 feet apart. Come out from the house 3 feet.

      If you're planting near a walk or drive, come in at least 3 feet (more if you can) to give the plant room to grow wide without getting in the way.

      Allow enough room between Hope and the plants near it...the large leaves may overlap other, smaller plants once the philodendron has begun to mature.

      This is a very good plant for large containers - great for balconies, patios, even indoors.