The Philodendron Billietiae is a climbing plant that’s easy to care for and perfect for beginners. This plant is native to the tropical regions of Brazil and Costa Rica. It’s also commonly found in French Guyana.
The Philodendron Billietiae will thrive in the right environment with basic care. Let’s look at how to grow and care for a Philodendron Billietiae.
What is a Philodendron Billietiae Plant?
The Philodendron Billietiae has large glossy foliage, which is arrow or heart-shaped. The stems are a rusty color which contrasts with the green leaves, creating an eye-catching plant. These plants are smaller than many varieties of philodendron and will reach 3 feet tall at maturity. The Philodendron Billietiae is a reasonably compact plant that will spread to 8 inches in width.
These popular houseplants can also be grown outdoors in USDA zones 9 to 11. If you live in a slightly cooler area, you may be able to put your plant outside in the summer. Remember to bring it indoors in the fall as these plants aren’t very cold tolerant and can be killed by frost.
Like all philodendrons, the Philodendron Billietiae is toxic to humans and pets if ingested. Keep tropical plants away from young children and pets.
How to Care for a Philodendron Billietiae
Philodendron Billietiae plants are generally easy to care for, but it’s worth spending some time to get the basics right if your plant is to thrive. Here are some tips to help you grow a thriving Philodendron Billietiae:
Philodendron Billietiae plants require bright indirect sunlight.
In their native environment, these plants don’t get as much sun as you may think, as taller trees shade them.
It’s best not to place your Philodendron in the full sun, or its leaves will burn. Sunburn causes brow scorch marks on the plant’s leaves and, in the worse cases, can end up killing your plant. Plants can get sunburnt if they are growing on a windowsill.
Place your plant near a window where it will get enough light and rotate every few days. This plant can be grown under artificial lights.
It would help if you aimed to keep your Philodendron billietiae plants’ soil moist but be careful not to overwater. Let the topsoil dry out between watering. Overwatering can cause root rot which could potentially kill your plant. Check the soil with your finger to see how dry it is before you water your plant. Don’t water if the first two inches of soil feel moist.
When watering your plant, you can also use a liquid fertilizer every month. Alternatively, apply a slow-release fertilizer at the beginning of the growing season. Ensure that the fertilizer you choose provides your plant with the major nutrients it requires, including nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Only apply fertilizer to moist soil to avoid root burn.
Philodendron Billietiae plants thrive in temperatures of between 65F and 80F. They can cope with a slightly lower nighttime temperature of around 55F.
The Philodendron Billietiae prefers soil that’s well-draining and well aerated. You can add some organic materials to a standard houseplant soil. A well-draining soil that includes perlite or peat moss will mean your plants are less likely to suffer from root rot if overwatered.
As the Philodendron Billietiae is a tropical plant, it requires high humidity levels. The rainforests of Brazil are sweltering and humid. You’ll need to create humidity by misting your plants. This is particularly important if you live in a dry climate, as your plant will suffer if the humidity’s low.
Pebble tray method
Place a tray with water and pebbles underneath your plant. As the moisture evaporates, the plant will benefit from increased humidity.
Group Tropical plants
If you have more than one tropical plant in your home, place them close together. This increases humidity.
Use a fine spray bottle to mist your plant’s leaves daily. Only use a fine spray as soaking your plant’s leaves will cause fungus to grow.
Invest in a humidifier
If you like to collect tropical plants, it may be worth investing in a humidifier to help your plants thrive. Alternatively, place your plant in the bathroom or kitchen. These rooms naturally have higher humidity levels—tropical plants like the steam from showers.
The Philodendron Billietiae is a beautiful plant that has large glossy leaves that are arrow-shaped. These plants also have rusty steam, which makes them eye-catching and adds to their popularity.
The Philodendron Billietiae can be cared for in the same way as other varieties in the Philodendron family. Ensure you get the basics of sunlight, watering, and humidity right for your plant to thrive. It’s also worth fertilizing your plant regularly throughout the growing season.