This is a rare, climbing, and vining Philodendron. The Philodendron Atabapoense is native to the Southern region of Venezuela and the Amazonian region of Brazil. According to Clemson University, climbing Philodendrons don’t reach their maximum size until they are trained using vertical support. This is true for the Philodendron Atabapoense also. This plant is a semi-epiphytic aroid and closely resembles the Philodendron Billietiae and is an easy-to-care variety that will grow happily with minimal effort.
Watering: Water when top 2-3" of soil is dry until water drains from bottom of pot. Do not leave sitting in drainage.
Light Requirements: Medium to bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sun to prevent scorching.
Humidity Needs: Moderate to high, over 60% is ideal. Can be boosted with pebble trays and/or clustering with other humidity lovers. Also enjoys a warm environment and is recommended to keep away from drafts and windows during colder months.
Soil Preference: Requires a well-draining soil mix rich in organic matter that allows water retention but helps prevent root rot. A peat-based soil mix with additional perlite and/or orchid bark is ideal.
Fertilizing: Regularly apply a well-balanced fertilizer every 1-2 weeks during spring/summer months.
Repotting: Repot in early spring/summer when soil is too compact or there are exposed roots. Repot a minimum of every 2-3 years to ensure soil nutrients. During a repot is the perfect time to add support to your climbing philodendron. We recommend a moss pole or trellis to encourage large leaves and rapid growth.
Pet Safe: No
Common Issues: Overwatering leading to root rot and underwatering are the most common issues for maintaining a healthy Philodendron. Yellowing/discolored leaves = overwatering, brown/crispy leaves = underwatering. Spider mites and mealy bugs are also common pests.
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