The beautiful leaves of this species are leathery with wavy edges. A leaf can grow quite large, it is even possible to reach an impressive length of 90 cm! In nature, leaf size varies and some specimens produce leaves that are often excessively long and narrow. The plant is named after Freda Billiet, who discovered this species.
The colourful climbing long stem of this Philodendron is surrounded by long leaves. The growth rate and leaf colour of Billietiae will vary greatly depending on various factors such as soil type, sunlight and temperature. The leaves are shiny green on top, while the stems have an orange tint. The species is sometimes confused with Philodendron grandifolium, but has a much narrower leaf.
Philodendron Billietiae are easy tropical plants that require little care. They thrive in moist soils and grow best when provided with a pole that is mossed or wrapped in burlap, to climb against. Philodendron plants can be grown in pots or hanging baskets. They are indoor plants that thrive at temperatures between 15 - 25 °C and in conditions with less light than other indoor plants. Filtered sunlight is best.
Philodendron Billietiae likes a well-drained but moist, rich organic mix. Do not use potting soil or dry sandy soil. Philodendron grows well in large pots that leave enough room for growth. Remember: the looser the roots, the bigger and healthier your plant will be. If the plant's roots are too constricted, its growth will slow down. At that moment it is time for a bigger pot. It is best to repot before the new growing season (spring). The plant will then have enough time to gain strength.
To help your new Philodendron grow, fertilisation is needed. Without fertilisation, they will grow very slowly. This Philodendron can be fertilised every fortnight in the summer with a light fertiliser. Fertilising is hardly necessary in the autumn. This is because growth will then be slower and the plant will use little in the way of nutrients.
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