How to Care for and Grow Your Little Hope

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The Little Hope

AKA philodendron selloum

Full, serrated leaves and lots of personality, the Little Hope is a plant that enjoys a shady, tropical-like home, similar to its native regions of South America. Here’s everything you need to know to keep the Little Hope healthy, happy and growing.

Light

  • Prefers bright or medium indirect light

  • It can adjust to lower levels of light, but will grow slower and turn darker green

  • Avoid harsh direct sunlight that may burn your plant’s leaves

Water

  • Water about once a week, when the topsoil is just dry to the touch

  • Mist between waterings to provide humidity

Growth

  • In prime conditions, the Little Hope grows relatively fast and can reach up to two feet in height

  • Fertilize once a month using a diluted dose during spring and summer

Common problems with the Little Hope

Yellow leaves - overwatering or too much light

  • Symptom - pale yellow leaves, or new leaves unfurling pale or yellow

  • Cause - in most cases, the cause of yellow leaves is overwatering. While the Little Hope likes moisture, it does not want too much moisture or to become waterlogged. If the plant is not overwatered, it’s possible that the plant is exposed to too much light.

  • Remedy - ensure that the soil is not waterlogged — remove from plastic nursery pot and investigate the roots. If they are soaked or emit a stench, it’s possible your plant has root rot and you will need to repot. If it’s just slightly damp, leave the plant in a well ventilated area with plenty of indirect light and hold off on watering.

Brown tips - underwatering

  • Symptom - edges and tips of plant are brown and dry or crispy

  • Cause - not enough water

  • Remedy - give your plant a thorough shower, allowing all the roots to have a chance to drink and refresh. Wait until water has drained before returning to decorative pot.

Brown spots - overwatering or fungal bacteria

  • Symptom - wet or soggy brown spots on new and or old leaves

  • Cause - overwatering or fungal bacteria

  • Remedy - ensure that the soil is not waterlogged — remove from plastic nursery pot and investigate the roots. If they are soaked or emit a stench, it’s possible your plant has root rot and you will need to repot. If it’s just slightly damp, leave the plant in a well ventilated area with plenty of indirect light and hold off on watering.

How to care for little hope plant

How to maintain a beautiful and healthy Little Hope

Take care of your Little Hope and it will take care of you! Below are simple tips to continue caring for and growing your Little Hope over time.

  • Pruning - the foliage of this plant can get wild! If the plant is taking up too much space, or has unattractive, old, or “leggy” vines, you can safely trim back with a clean blade, this will give your plant more energy to grow new leaves!

  • Trimming - if there is just a small portion of a leaf that was damaged such as the edges, trim off any discoloration or blemishes by following the natural lines and shape of the leaf.

  • Cleaning - regularly remove dust to ensure your plant can soak in as much light as possible. Use a damp cloth and gently wipe the leaf clean.

How to grow and repot the Little Hope

  • Growing - in prime conditions with the right light/water/temperature balance, Little Hope plants are fast growers. After some time, if you don’t see any new growth, consider adjusting one of its elements. During spring and summer, use a diluted fertilizer to give your plant a vitamin boost.

  • Repotting - L&G Little Hope plants come in 6” grow pots and only need to be repotted every few years if you notice the roots outgrowing the pot, or to refresh the soil and give it new nutrients. If you’d like your plant to grow larger, find a new grow pot that is 2” larger than its current pot. If you’re happy with the current size, you can reuse the same pot and simply change the soil.

    • Getting your hands dirty with or without a yard - spread out newspaper on the floor, remove the plant from the pot and shake off as much of the old soil as possible so that you have clean roots. At the bottom of the grow pot, and a layer of soil, then place the plant in the center of the pot and cover with new soil. Pat down firmly and water thoroughly. Place the plant in an area with bright indirect light. Your plant will take 2-4 weeks to settle from the shock and adjust to its new home.

How to propagate the Little Hope

Propagating a Little Hope is best down with cuttings and during spring or summer.

  • Make a clean cut below a node - The node is like a joint in the stem — where new leaves grow from. Using sharp, clean scissors or shears, remove a cutting from the plant and place in fresh water in an area with bright indirect light. Change the water every few days to keep it fresh.

  • Wait for roots to grow and repot- After a few weeks, you will see roots forming. Transfer to a pot with fresh soil and water thoroughly.

  • Stabilize - Keep the soil moist to the touch for one to two weeks as the cutting roots.



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LITTLE HOPE

A tropical plant with glossy, serrated leaves.