Plant Profile: Philodendron olympiad

Philodendron olympiad is another easy-to-grow and beautiful addition to any houseplant collection.
The olympiad is a great addition is you’re a foliage lover, like tropical vibes, and/or have space to fill in your home.

The olympiad can sometimes be mistaken for its family member ‘xanadu’ (seen in picture below), but is easily distinguishable by its lack of fenestrations,

Philodendron xanadu

Care Tips


As with most species in the Araceae family, the olympiad likes water but doesn’t like to stay wet.
Water thoroughly until water runs out the drainage holes, and only water again when the top 25% of the soil is dry.


Lots of bright indirect light will make this plant happy. But it’s not too fussy and can tolerate medium light conditions. Avoid direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves, but soft morning light is fine.


The olympiad needs well draining soil. Choose a mix that is loose but high in organic matter.
Peat moss, perlite and bark/wood chips are a good combination. If you don’t have peat moss, mix soil with perlite at a ratio of 1:4.
Change your soil every 2 years, or when your plant outgrows it’s growing container. Leaving your plant in the same soil for too long can lead to a buildup of salts, causing your plants leaves to yellow.
If you suspect a build up of salts, flush the soil by running water through it for 3-4 minutes.


Philodendrons can benefit from regular fertilising. Mix soluble fertiliser in with the new soil mix, or use a balanced liquid fertiliser during a regular watering, every month.


The easiest way to propagate an olympiad is via stem cutting or division.
When dividing/cutting your plants, always use a sharp secateur or knife.


Yellowing tips?
Watch your watering – usually an indication of overwatering.
When was the last time you watered? Usually an indication of under-watering. OR maybe its time to fertilise.
Not growing?
Check if its root bound, maybe its time to pot up. If this is not the case, give it more light, or change the soil and/or add a fertiliser.