copy of Philodendron Atabapoense - Baby Plant
Quite rare little beauty, with blue-ish shiny leaves, and strongly red on the back.
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- Bright indirect light
- High need in humidity
- Killing it would be remarkable
Origin : South-American rainforests
Personality : Appreciates a little care
Earmark : Blue-ish leaves, almost looking like they have been covered with sparkles.
Say something smart : Philodendron Atabapoense can be considered as quite close to Philodendron Billietiae, even though some strong differences make them easy to tell apart. Discovered in 1975, it has a wonderful color-palette, making it a true stunner to look at everyday.
A planter usually looks nice, but we recommend not to plant your new baby directly in one.
Leave it in its current pot until Spring, then ideally transfer it into a terracota pot with little drain holes when it looks cramped.
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
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 : Once every other week, from April to October
Taking care of the variegations: as a reason for us to adopt them, we wish for our variegated plants to be as white as possible. A maximum brightness is key in succeeding with it. However, a fully white leaf is not going to help with photosynthesis, making them more fragile. To keep a healthy balance, make sure to sometimes cut these, so the whole plant doesn't go south.