Philodendron Billitiae is a gorgeous hemi-epiphyte in the genus Philodendron belonging to the family of ariods- Araceae. It is native to Brazil, French Guiana, and Guyana and can be propagated in any warm and humid region.It was first discovered in tropical rainforest by Frieda Billiet in French Guiana dated 1981 and later found in 1995 with other distinctive characteristics.
Philodendron is a beautiful evergreen vine that can grow upto 5 feet tall and occupies a large space. The large elephant ear-shaped leaves are hued in deep green color about 3 feet long and 10 inches wide with rigid wavy edges that are attached to the stem with orange to yellow petioles.
Moreover, the roots are semi epiphyte since they can be rooted in soil and can climb up the tree. Aroid flowers are only seen in the growing season possessing characteristic spadices and spathes.
This plant requires minimum maintenance yet essential care that is easy to accomplish. Thus, get this beauty from Botanic zone Id to beautify your ornamental garden.
Philodendron Billitiae requires bright indirect sunlight. Do Not expose it to constant scorching sunlight that can burn its leaves. The best way is to your plant, east or north facing window during summers. However, in the winter season you may require artificial growing light for its proper growth, forget not to rotate these lights for even growth of leaves.
Light, aerated and well drainage soil, primarily organic soil mixed with peat, compost and orchid bark is the best choice. Keep in mind to provide enough moisture but do not soak it in watery soil.
Philodendron requires a handsome amount of water. However over irrigation can lead to root rotting and wilting. Always water your plant after checking the soil moisture by dipping your fingers or more precisely once a week.
This ornamental plant thrives well in a temperature range of 18-27 degree celsius during summers. In the winter season, you need to keep it between 13-18 degree celsius. Avoid frosting that can damage delicate roots and variegation in leaves.
It requires high humidity of about fifty to sixty percent. You can spray or mist water regularly in summers but avoid it in winters. Another way is to place the plant pot under the tray of wet pebbles.
Slow releasing fertilizers are best for Philodendron Billietiae. When it is sown in soil, it requires extra nutrients; when it climbs trees, it does not.
As a plant grows real fast spreading its roots sparsely, it can get compacted. Therefore it needs to be replanted once every two years in a pot of larger size, maybe two to four inches large. You can also re-pot it when you see roots coming out of drainage holes.
Is Philodendron Billitiae prone to pests?
Philodendron is resistant to a wide variety of pests. Nevertheless, it is susceptible to aphids and mealybugs that feed on plant sap. Consequently it will deprive the plant of its essential nutrients leading to death. The best solution to this problem is the use of essential oils like neem oil for their rapid eradication. Remove the dead bugs and wash the plant thoroughly after using such oils that can clog plants’ pores.
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