Upright Philodendron Care Guide

There are two main types of philodendron-upright growers and trailing growers. Upright varieties have short stems, growing 2' to 3' tall. Their long, arching leaves may be a solid green to variegated with yellow, cream or white. Some upright philodendrons are a broad leaf type; others are thinner, almost succulent.


Most varieties of upright philodendrons thrive in medium to bright indirect light. Direct, harsh light may cause leaf burn and should be avoided. Some upright philodendron’s are suitable for lower light exposures, but variegated varieties such as ‘Birkin’ will need brighter light to maintain their variegated growth.

Water and Soil

Upright philodendrons can typically stand to dry out a bit more than their trailing cousins, since their stems and leaves tend to be a bit thicker. Allow the top 2-3” of soil to dry between waterings. Philodendrons need well-draining soil. Amending a standard potting mix with peat or coco coir for moisture absorbency and perlite or charcoal for drainage works well.

Temperature and Humidity

Philodendron houseplants prefer indoor growing temperatures of between 65 and 85 degrees F. These plants prefer high humidity, but generally do just fine in the lower to moderate humidity found in most homes. Providing your plant with extra humidity through a pebble tray or humidifier is encouraged for optimal health and faster growth.