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The Large Philodendron Genus

Pictured above are some of the gorgeous Philodendron varieties that we carry.

Top, from left to right: Xanadu, Micans, Birkin

Bottom, from left to right: Brasil, Prince of Orange, Heartleaf

Care Needs:

The majority of Philodendron houseplants will accept and appreciate the same indirect, bright light.

Philodendron houseplants enjoy moist soil, but not soggy. Sitting in puddles will make them unhappy and can lead to root rot.

Due to their natural rainforest environment, humidity levels between 50% - 70% is preferred and can be given by a humidifier or pebble tray.

There are over 450 Philodendron varieties in the world, and while not all of them are habitable inside, we sure do love the cultivars that are!

The genus is the second largest member of the Araceae family, coming in after its cousin, the Anthurium genus. While the Philodendron genus is a member of the Araceae family, the plants do have their differences. The Philodendron family can be broken down by growth methods. These growth methods Epiphytic, Hemiepiphytic, and Terrestrial.

Epiphytic growth habits can be classified as any plant that grows on another plant for physical support. Among Philodendrons, other common Epiphytic plants include Orchids, Air Plants, Ferns, and Moss and enjoy a warm, humid environment. Philodendron varieties of this growth method include the Heartleaf (Hederaceum), Brasil, and Micans. These plants will continue to trail and grow along a plant, tree, or support pole and often keep trailing vines rather than developing thicker stems.

Hemiepiphytic growth habits can be classified as plants that are Epiphytic, but grow to become Hemiepiphytic. They first use a plant or support pole during its early life, but will soon be able to support itself as it continues to grow. Well known Philodendron varieties with these characteristics are the Selloum, Pink Princess, Congo, and Birkin. These plants do best when supported at a younger age and will develop thicker stems as they mature.

Terrestrial growth habits are classified as plants that grow in, on, or from land. This growth habit is the most rare of the growth habits of Philodendrons. This is the source of many of the more rare Philodendron varieties. Some of the popular (and rare) varieties include Grandipes, Malesevichiae, and Hammelii.

We love Philodendrons for their unique diversity and hope this feature focus helps you to love and care for them too!

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