How’s your home office game these days?
If you feel like your #WFH style could use a little love, there’s no better way to update your home office and make it ultra Instagram-worthy than by adding some luxe greenery. Plants look amazing in photos, purify the air, and can help cure your pandemic stay-at-home blues with a boost of bright color -- What’s not to love?
And no plants are better suited for the home office than two of our favorite low-maintenance gems: Pothos and Philodendron. Though technically two different plants, they’re very similar in both look and care. Here we’ll walk you through tips and tricks for keeping these plant babies thriving in your home.
Though both of these thrive in bright indirect light (ie: South- or West-facing rooms with light filtered through a curtain), they’re happy in medium to low light as well, making them extremely versatile. Take note: Varietals in brighter colors (such as Neon Pothos or Philodendron Brasil) will turn dark if placed in rooms without a lot of sunlight to make up for the lack of chlorophyll. It’s not harmful to the plant, but you may want to consider placement before investing in a certain varietal for its coloring.
Pothos and Philodendron are in the moderate watering category; they don’t want to sit in soggy soil, so make sure the first top two or three inches are dry before rewatering. As with most plants, yellow leaves indicate they are being overwatered, while browning means they need more H2O. Pothos and Philodendron are unique in that the leaves will begin to droop and/or shrivel when the plant needs water, and will perk right back up once you’ve given them a drink!
Pothos and Philodendron have aerial roots, meaning you can train them to grow along a wall, shelf, window, or trellis. Use a nail or Command hook to help hold them in place and direct their growth while they get acclimated.
If you’re curious about propagation, these are great plants to experiment with! Trim a few inches of healthy stem below a root node and put the plant in water until you see new roots growing from it (this will take several weeks; make sure to change the water frequently). Once the root is an inch long or longer, it can be transplanted into a pot with soil to grow a whole new plant.
Interested in bringing some plant life into your home but don’t know where to start? We offer interior plant consultation services -- Learn more here!