Philodendron gigas is part of the Araceae family, its native range is Panama and it grows primarily in premontane wet forest and tropical wet forest. It is was discovered by Thomas Croat and Guanghua Zhu in July 1994, it is hemiepiphytic reaching 15-20m in its natural habitat. Philodendron gigas has an appressed climbing habit so it is important to provide a moss pole as it grows. Juvenile leaves are very dark green, velutinous and similar to P. hederaceum.
Genus name comes from the Greek ‘philo’ meaning loving and ‘dendro’ meaning tree. Specific epithet comes from the Ancient Greek meaning ‘giant’.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. Recommendations for growing the longest most saturated leaves suggest that no more than 600fc at midday.
Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Humidity: Philodendron gigas prefer humidity greater than 60%. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Philodendron gigas are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
This plant is one per person. Duplicate orders will be cancelled and refunded without notice.
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