Rio Selloum

Rio Selloum

Jungle fever. Healthy leaves and strong stems from the Amazon in Brazil, this Philodendron gets a party started. Great on the floor and grand at a height. submit arrow

It likes to be in the shade

It likes to be in the shade

It isn’t a fan of direct sunlight so a bright spot in the shade is perfect. Give it a spin every few weeks so its leaves get sunned equally, as they tend to grow towards the light.

If it isn't getting enough light, its stems will elongate in search of light. If leaves grow with several inches of gap between them, it's the first sign it would like a place with a little more sunlight.

It likes its soil moist

It likes its soil moist

The best way is to water generously till water runs out of the drainage hole. Wipe up drained water because it doesn't like wet feet, and this can cause root rot. Allow the top layer of the soil to dry out between waterings to make sure it does not get overwatered. Pour water slowly around the centre of the plant so it runs down the central root ball.

Poke your finger into the soil to test its moisture level. If the top few inches of the soil are dry to the touch, then it is safe to proceed with watering, but if you can feel moisture, then you should wait before watering the plant again. The aim is to keep the lower level of soil moist but not soggy.It’s a bit of experimenting to get to the right balance but don’t worry, you’ll get it after a bit of trial and error.

Start with roughly 3 times a week. More in the hot, summer months, less in the monsoon and cooler seasons.

Spa day, once a month.

Spa day, once a month.

1. Trim off brown leaves snipping closely to the central stem.

2. Scrape off any white mould on top of the soil. It’s just harmless fungi that lives in the soil. Lightly dust the soil with ground cinnamon if you feel like.

3. Poke holes in the soil with a chopstick to aerate it and and give your plant a bit of extra breathing room. Sprinkle a tablespoon of vitamins in the soil and massage in.

4. Shine its leaves with a damp cloth, gently removing any dust. Front and back. It will look nicer and soak in the sunshine better too.

5. Spin it around to make sure its leaves are sunned evenly as it tends to grow towards the sun.

6. Clean your cork mat with soap and water or white vinegar.

Mist its leaves

Mist its leaves

Mist its leaves if you feel they’re dusty but don’t wet them too much.

Common questions

Why is my Rio Selloum drooping?

It could be affected by common houseplant pests, such as aphids, spider mites, mealybugs, and scale. Spray with neem oil once every other day.

Why do my Rio Selloum's leaves have black spots?

They can be susceptible to bacterial blight, which shows itself as dark patches on the leaves and eventually causes the leaves to rot and die. Use a neem oil spray every other day for a few weeks. In the future, water the plant directly on its soil and make sure its leaves are kept dry.

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