Can Philodendron Get Sunburn?

As the summer season comes to an end, many of us are spending more time indoors with our plants. While it is important to make sure that your plant has enough light and water, there is one thing you should be wary of… sunburn.

In this article, we will be discussing whether philodendrons get sunburn and if so how to treat it.

Can Philodendron Get Sunburn?

Yes, philodendrons can get sunburn, but only if they are exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time. When your plant is getting the correct amount of light, then it should be bright green in color with leaves that are firm and tightly packed together.

However, philodendrons that receive too much light will start to turn brown and lose their leaves. While the lower and inner parts of your plant will start to look crispy and scorched, these damaged areas can sometimes spread throughout the entire stem if you don’t take action soon enough.

Therefore, it is important to keep a close eye on any philodendron that has been exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time.

Also, it’s important to note that sunburns on plants happen when they are exposed to two types of ultraviolet light: UVA and UVB. While both can cause damage, UVB is by far more harmful than UVA…

How to Prevent Philodendron Sunburn?

You can prevent philodendron sunburn by moving your plant to a well-lit spot, but out of direct sunlight. This way it will get the right amount of light for photosynthesis to occur while avoiding sunburns.

You can avoid direct sunlight by placing your plant near a window, but not in front of it. If you are unable to do so, then try covering the windows with curtains or blinds that can block out most light.

Additionally, you can rotate the pot at least once per day to ensure that all sides of the philodendron are getting enough light.

When using grow lights, it’s important to only have them on for a limited amount of time and never place the bulb too close to the leaves of your plant. This will help prevent the leaves from being scorched.

When Is Philodendron Sunburn Likely To Occur?

Philodendron is likely to occur when the plant is getting too much light. It most direct sunlight that has been left in one place for an extended period of time.

During the summer season, philodendron leaves are especially vulnerable to sun damage, which can cause the leaves to turn brown when left in the sun for too long (like talked about above).

What Are The Signs Of Philodendron Sunburn?

A sunburned philodendron will look like it has been burned with a welt or blister on the top of its leaves. These blisters will be very dark and possibly look like they have started to rot…

Also, the leaves that are closest to the sun will turn brown and crispy. Because the lower leaves are beneath the shade of the upper ones, they do not come into contact with direct sunlight.

If you leave philodendron in direct sunlight for too long, this damage can spread throughout the entire plant.

Can Philodendron Recover From Sunburn?

Yes, philodendron can recover from sunburn given enough time. However, you should make sure that the plant is not exposed to direct sunlight and does not get burned again.

Will Burned Philodendron Leaves Turn Green Again?

No, it is unlikely for burned philodendron leaves to turn green again. After the leaves of the plant have become brown, they can no longer be regenerated.

If you take steps to cool burned philodendron leaves down, however, it is possible for your whole plant to recover! Misting the plant with water every day, especially while it is young, will help keep its leaves hydrated until new growth appears.

Will Sunburn Affect The Philodendrons Lifespan?

Yes, if left untreated, sunburn on philodendron plants can cause the plant’s leaves to fall off and even lead to its death. This is why it’s important to take immediate action when you notice signs of sunburn on your philodendron plant.

However, if you act quickly, then your philodendron will recover and live a happy life for years and years to come. In fact, I have a philodendron that is over 10 years old.


In conclusion, it is important to make sure that your philodendron doesn’t get sunburned. Make sure it isn’t exposed directly to the sunlight for extended periods of time and always rotate the pot at least once per day.

If you find any scorched, brown leaves on your plant’s stem, then just cut them off with pruning shears. Also, keep the plant in a shaded area for a few days until it recovers.

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