Philodendron Selloum Getting Brown Tips

Dear Judy. My 40 year old very precious philodendrum Sell. has developed a problem. i repotted it this past summer and now the leaves are browning on the edges.

Hi Diane,

Large green, loped leaves on Philodendron sellout
Philodendron Selloum

A Philodendron Selloum usually gets brown tips with a yellow rim as shown in your picture when they are getting too much fertilizer or there is too much salt or chemicals in the water you are using. A Selloum can also get brown leaves when over-watered. Since this problem started to occur when you moved the plant to a new pot, I think that’s where we have to start. The new pot has more soil than the old container and it will take the soil longer to dry out, so you probably don’t need to be watering as often as you did before. Did the new soil you used have fertilizer in it. Some soils, like Miracle Gro, contain plant food so you don’t have to add additional food or the leaf tips will burn. Are you using water from the same source as before. Never use water that has passed through a water softener since it contains salt and the salt burns the leaves. The most important question, is your Philodendron selloum getting new leaves? If it’s not getting new leaves you may have damaged some of the roots when moving it to the new pot. There is a great product called SuperThrive that you can read about in the Glossary of the website. It does wonders for newly re-potted plants.

You can read all my care tips for a Philodendron Selloum in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.