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Philodendron Paraiso Verde - (Very) Big Plant
This one is huge. Huuuuuge. Its leaves are probably one of nature's most wonderful productions, full of variegations and definitely noticeable.
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- Bright indirect light
- Moderate need in humidity
- Killing it would be remarkable
Just as in nature, all plants are different... so these pictures only illustrate one of our plants!
Origin: South-American rainforests, particularly Brasil.
Personality: Killing it would be a true performance!
Earmark: Its variegated leaves with dozens of shades of green, able to become quite gigantic if grown in the right conditions.
Say Something Smart: As most of the Philodendron, this plant is a climber. While growing at your place, it will develop an aerial rooting system. Don't hesitate to give it a moss pole to grow to, as this will help the plant get stronger to grow bigger leaves.
A planter is beautiful, but never put your plant directly in it. Leave it in its original pot until Spring, and only repot it if it seems cramped. The ideal container: the terracotta pot with draining holes.
Finding its place
Brightness: Good level of brightness, as close as possible from a window but no direct sun.
Avoid letting it feel draughts near the windows and take it away from heating sources.
Humidity: 60 % or more.
Tip : Spray its leaves with water (ideally rain-water) once a week.
Tip 2 : Place some wet clay pebbles under the pot, so they keep diffusing humidity.
Temperature: Min : 18°C | Max : 28°C | Ideal : 20-22°C
Careful: high dosage ingestion of the plant can lead to risks for your pets.
Make sure to keep it away from them and don't serve it for their dinner ;-)
Watering (purely indicative, depends on your local environment): once a week in Spring/Summer, and once every 10 days in Autumn and Winter.
Tip : Put your knuckle in the ground. If it feels totally dry, add some water to keep the soil wet (but not soaking it).
Fertilizer: Prefer a slow release fertilizer to renew every 3 months. Some great ones exist in the shape of sticks to put in the substrate.
Also, to take care of the variegations and make sure they always stay as beautiful, keep it in the brightest place possible or under a special lamp if you have one!