Common Name: Emerald Vine Philodendron, ‘Billie’
Botanical Name: Philodendron billietiae
Introducing Philodendron billietiae, a rare and captivating indoor plant that will bring the tropical vibes to your home! This beauty has long, ribbed leaves that make a real statement - you'll be feeling the allure every time you look at it! Plus, it's easy to care for, so you don't need a green thumb to enjoy this standout piece. Get yours today and bring on the tropical feels!
Philodendron billietiae prefers bright indirect sunlight but can live in lower light conditions. When this plant receives less than 5 hours of indirect sunlight each day, its new leaves will emerge smaller, its vines will become leggy, and vibrant colors and variegation may fade! If your home doesn't have bright indirect sunlight, you can use artificial light as a supplement. We recommend LED grow lights turned on for 8-10 hours daily! Read more about indoor plant lighting needs!
Your Philodendron billietiae soil should be watered thoroughly after the soil is completely dry. It indicates that it needs water when the leaves start wilting. Water more often in the growing season and reduce the frequency during winter. It is best to refrain from watering if you cannot decide whether to add more.
Philodendron billietiae (and all philodendrons in general) love loose, nutrient-rich potting soil. Use a soil medium that can retain moisture but allows for draining excess water to avoid root rot. Most pre-mixed soils will suffice. Ensure plenty of organic matter, like coco-coir, peat moss, or shredded leaves, and prevent soil containing moisture-retaining crystals. If your soil drains too quickly, we recommend repotting it into a compost-rich soil mixture with fewer drainage materials.
Most household temperature ranges (65-80°F) are adequate for your Philodendron billietiae during the daytime. Philodendron billietiae can tolerate cooler temperatures at night, down to around 60 degrees, however, don't allow this plant in temperatures below 50 degrees. It can stunt your plant's growth, and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be fatal for this tropical indoor plant.
Like most tropical indoor plants, Philodendron billietiae will benefit from higher humidity but do fine in average household air. Higher humidity (over 50%) is always better for tropical houseplants like this one. To increase humidity for your plant, you can mist the leaves, use a humidifier, provide a tray filled with water and pebbles near the plant, or group plants together! Also, you must avoid low humidity.
A Philodendron billietiae plant will benefit significantly from regular fertilizing because it is a fast-growing houseplant! Use a weak solution (diluted to ¼ the recommended strength) of a complete liquid fertilizer every four to six weeks throughout the growing season. Do not fertilize during the winter months. Sometimes this indoor plant will grow all year long. If this is the case, fertilize it during apparent foliage growth with a ¼-strength diluted liquid fertilizer, or top dress the soil with worm castings or rich compost. Learn more about how to fertilize your indoor plants.
Philodendron billietiae plants can reach a mature height of around 2 o 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) or more. It is dependent on the specific conditions and care provided to your plant.
Pet Friend or Foe
A Philodendron billietiae plant is considered toxic to pets! Foe!
- Don’t allow your Philodendron billietiae to sit in standing water, as it can lead to root rot!
- You should inspect your plant often for pests such as spider mites and mealybugs. If you spot any, treat it promptly.
- Rotate your plant regularly to make sure there is even growth on all sides and preventing it from leaning toward the source of light.
- Be sure to not expose this plant to cold drafts or temperatures that are below 50 degrees.