Philodendron Billietiae care is not fussy to be able to grow optimally. If you want a houseplant with large distinct leaves that can be as large as 3 feet, then a Philodendron Billietiae may be the plant for you.
To give this Philodendron plant the best care, it requires loose well-draining soil that is suitable for aroids, keep the soil moist by watering often, provide the plant with bright indirect sunlight, temperatures ranging from 65-80F, and humidity levels of at least 50%.
Quick Care Overview
|Common Name||Emerald Vine Philodendron|
|Scientific Name||Philodendron Billietiae|
|Identification||Green heart-shaped leaves with ridged borders|
|Height||Up to 5 feet tall|
|Soil||Well-draining soil suitable for aroids|
|Water||Keep soil moist but don’t oversaturate|
|Sunlight||Bright indirect sunlight|
|Toxic to Cats & Dogs||Yes|
|Toxic to Humans||Yes|
|Pests||Mealybugs, aphids, spider mites|
|Diseases||Root rot, magnesium deficiency|
Below we will dive deep into this Philodendron Billietiae care guide.
Philodendron Billietiae History
South American native, Philodendron Billietiae is a very special climbing Philodendron with long elegant red-hued stems and giant arrow-shaped leaves.
Philodendron Billietiae Identification
Philodendron Billietiae is a climbing tropical perennial plant that has elongated, dark green heart-shaped leaves. Mature leaves develop ridged borders. Heart-shaped leaves may grow up to 3 feet long on petioles that grow up to 1 feet long.
Philodendron Billietiae Growth Facts
This large-leafed climbing Philodendron does well when supported by a moss pole. In its natural habitat, it is seen climbing up surrounding trees.
How Big Does a Philodendron Billietiae Get?
Philodendron Billietiae will grow to become about 5 feet in height and up to 8 inches wide.
Philodendron Billietiae Care
Philodendron Billietiae is non-fussy and doesn’t require a lot of care as long as it is given ample space to grow.
Philodendron Billietiae Soil
Philodendron Billietiae prefers to be grown in a loose, well-draining aroid soil, such as a mix containing commercial potting mix, perlite, peat moss, or coco coir, and orchid bark.
Philodendron Billietiae Fertilizer
The best fertilizer to select for your Philodendron Billietiae is a slow-release granular fertilizer suited for indoor houseplants. Ensure that you choose a fertilizer that has nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium and that you follow all label instructions. Granular slow-release fertilizers only need to be applied every few months. Ensure that the soil for your Philodendron is moist before fertilizing to avoid burning your plant’s roots.
Philodendron Billietiae Watering
Philodendron Billietiae likes to remain consistently moist but not overly saturated with water. Therefore, you should rewater your plant after the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried.
Philodendron Billietiae Light Requirements
Philodendron Billietiae likes to be grown in indirect, bright light. This Philodendron will need plenty of sun to expand its large foliage. Ensure that you do not expose your Philodendron to too intense of direct sunlight, leading to sun scorching.
Philodendron Billietiae Temperature & Humidity
Being a tropical plant, Philodendron Billietiae will do best when grown in temperatures between 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You should never allow your Philodendron to be exposed to temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, as this may cause permanent damage. To be happy, your Philodendron will require a high humidity environment above 50%. You will likely need to supplement the humidity in your home by adding a humidifier or pebble tray to give your plant the moisture.
Repotting Philodendron Billietiae
You will need to repot your Philodendron every two years or whenever you see roots poking out of the drainage holes of your Philodendrons container. Select a container that is 1-2 inches larger than the previous one.
Philodendron Billietiae Maintenance & Pruning
Philodendron Billietiae doesn’t require much at all when it comes to pruning. Simply remove any dead, diseased, or discolored leaves periodically using sharp, clean pruning shears.
Philodendron Billietiae Propagation
Propagation of Philodendron Billietiae is simple and may be done through stem cuttings. To take a stem cutting, cut a piece of stem that is 2-4 inches in length below a leaf node using clean sterilized shears. The cutting(s) you take should have at least two leaves attached. Allow the stem the cure by leaving it out for about a week to allow the cut end to callus over. After the stem has been cured, place the stem(s) in a container with fresh potting soil. Keep your cuttings moist and place them in indirect light until well established.
Philodendron Billietiae Toxicity
Philodendron Billietiae is toxic to humans, cats, and dogs. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling this plant.
Toxicity to Humans
Unfortunately, Philodendron Billietiae, like most all other Philodendrons is considered toxic due to its high calcium oxalate crystal content. Do not consume any portion of this plant. As some people develop contact dermatitis when coming into contact with the sap of this plant, it is suggested that you wear gloves when repotting, pruning, or propagating.
Toxicity to Cats & Dogs
Philodendron Billietiae is considered toxic to pets. Do not allow your pet to ingest any portion of this plant. However, if you suspect that your dog or cat has consumed any portion of this plant, contact your veterinarian or animal poison control immediately.
Philodendron Billietiae Problems
Philodendron Billietiae Leaves Turning Yellow
Leaves of your Philodendron Billietiae may turn yellow due to insufficient lighting or too much water. Ensure that you do not overwater your plant.
Philodendron Billietiae Leaves Turning Brown
When leaves of your Philodendron Billietiae turn brown it is often due to disease such as leaf spot or root rot or may be due to too much direct sunlight.
Philodendron Billietiae Diseases
Philodendron Billietiae is not known to suffer from any particular plant diseases. However, this plant may suffer from issues related to overwatering, such as root rot. Additionally, this plant is known to suffer from issues related to magnesium deficiency. If you notice a “V” pattern emerging on the foliage of your Philodendron Billietiae, you should supplement your plant with some magnesium.
Philodendron Billietiae Pests
Philodendron Billietiae may become susceptible to infestation from common houseplant pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, and aphids. Upon identifying an infestation, isolate your plant, and treat it with a pesticide such as neem oil or insecticidal soap.