Belle's Green House
If you’re looking for a houseplant with large, show-stopping leaves look no further than the majestic Philodendron billietiae. This tropical houseplant is beloved among houseplant enthusiasts and collectors for its elongated, spade-shaped leaves. It’s considered relatively rare and difficult to find, although as it’s becoming more well-known this Philodendron is getting easier to get your hands on. Like all Philodendrons, the Philodendron billietiae is considered toxic to pets if ingested1. Here’s everything you need to know about how to grow and care for the Philodendron billietiae.
The most important thing to keep in mind when caring for a Philodendron billietiae is ensuring that it gets enough humidity. Native to rainforests across South America, this tropical plant enjoys warm temperatures, high humidity, and plenty of indirect light.
Light: In its native environment, the Philodendron billietiae grows under the rainforest canopy so it does best with bright, indirect light. Small periods of direct sunlight, particularly in the morning and evening, are fine for this plant but avoid prolonged periods of harsh direct light which can burn the leaves.
Watering: The Philodendron billietiae needs consistent moisture, but is also sensitive to overwatering. Allow the top one to two inches of soil to dry out between waterings and then water thoroughly, letting the excess water drain from the pot. Keep in mind that the plant will need to be watered more frequently in spring and summer than in fall and winter, so be sure to adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
The wicker basket doe not come with the plant, but can be purchased separately.