Plant Care Philodendron gigas

Philodendron gigas

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About Philodendron gigas

Philodendrons grow aerial roots that grip the bark of trees, allowing them to grow over 20 feet tall! Their leaves change shape as they climb and can grow larger than a dinner plate. Fossils show Philodendrons growing as far back as 30 million years ago when South America was still connected to Antarctica! ❄️

Taxonomy

Philodendron gigas
Philodendron
Araceae
Alismatales

How to care for Philodendron gigas

💦 Water

How often to water your Philodendron gigas

Water needs for Philodendron gigas
0.5 cups
every 9

Philodendron gigas needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Philodendron gigas

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Philodendron gigas in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Philodendron gigas: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Philodendron gigas can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Philodendron gigas in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Philodendron gigas

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Philodendron gigas: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Philodendron gigas after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Philodendron gigas prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Philodendron gigas can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

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Philodendron gigas Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Philodendron gigas prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

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🪴 Soil

Philodendron gigas does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Philodendron gigas →

When and How to Successfully Repot Philodendron gigas →


💩 Fertilizer

Philodendron gigas should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Philodendron gigas →


❄️ Dormancy

Philodendron gigas does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!


🌎 Native Region

Philodendron gigas is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Philodendron gigas

Philodendron gigas

Philodendron gigas


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Philodendron gigas has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Philodendron gigas has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Philodendron gigas has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Philodendron gigas has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
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11/06/2021

This one just keeps growing and growing! Beautiful, velvety leaves each bigger than the last. I do keep it in a greenhouse cabinet so typically it gets 60%-70% humidity most of the time but it’s pretty far from the grow light.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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