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Philodendron sp. from Lita, Ecuador

This terrific Philodendron species was discovered in the rainforests of Lita, Ecuador.  It's an unidentified species with unusual, slender leaves that look quite different from most Philodendrons.  Its lush foliage grows 12 to 20 inches long and only 1 inches wide.  This is a choice collector's plant that happens to be easy to grow!

It grows as a vine, and might be the same as this Philodendron found in Ecuador.  It grows at a moderate pace, so it won't become rampant and take over, like some Philodendrons.  You may train it to grow up a wooden post or trellis, or allow it to meander horizontally.  Even in dimmer lighting, the leaf nodes stay fairly close to each other along the thick stem.  The plant hasn't flowered for me yet.

Philodendron sp. from Lita, Ecuador

It grows well for me indoors between 60 and 75 degrees F.  I have no experience with it outside that temperature range.  I would consider it a Zone 10 tropical that probably cannot tolerate frost.  It grows well in bright, indirect light or part sunlight.  It may need some protection from afternoon sun.  Like most Philodendrons, it likes a loose, fertile soil mix.  A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil, 1 part fine orchid bark, and 1 part perlite, pumice, or coarse sand.  Aim to keep the soil evenly moist most of the time.  Over about 40% humidity is recommended.  In the right conditions, it's an easy, low-maintenance plant that rarely gets bothered by pests.

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