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Philodendron gigas
Philodendron gigas
Philodendron gigas

Philodendron gigas

Tired of Philodendron melanochrysum? Look no further!

Endemic to Panama, Philodendron gigas is a hemiepiphytic Philodendron sp.  A hemiepiphyte is one that can grow either from the ground up the side of a tree or send roots from a tree branch down to the ground. Typically, hemiepiphytes are carried up into the host as a seed eaten by a bird and then deposited on a branch in the bird's droppings. This species can climb high in the trees, typically 15 to 20 meters (50 to 65 feet) up the side of the host. P. gigas grows as an appressed climber (pressed close to the host tree).

The incredibly beautiful sub-coriaceous (less than leathery) leaves range from olive green to dark green and are both elongated, triangular, ovate or narrowly ovate and velutinous (velvety) in appearance. (

  - Put the loved one in a pot that is preferably not bigger than 11cm wide. 
  - Add a mix of soil with good drainage. Orchid mix, barch, perlite etc is great! I usually go at least 30% of the material that adds to drainage. 
  - Moist the inside of a see through plastic bag and put it over the plant. This encloses moisture that is important and will decrease the stress of the plant. 
  - Put the plant in a bright location but not in direct sunlight. 
  - I usually leave the plastic bag on for a week or two and then I spray it alot and keep trays of water nearby. Enjoy!

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Not a beginner plant. 

Grows upward and needs support. 

Wants a moist soil. Let it dry out rather than staying wet. 

A bright spot but not direct sunlight. 


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