Philodendron Atabapoense
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Philodendron Atabapoense Care

The philodendron atabapoense is easy to care for, just keep it humid and don’t over water it

Philodendron Atabapoense Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly, water if top 50% of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A balanced feed or high in nitrogen, once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:Loose and well draining.
Temperature:15-32°C (59-90°F).
Where to buy:Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Brown or yellowing leaves and root rot: all from overwatering.


The elegant philodendron atabapoense is known for it’s slender elongated, pointed green leaves with a dark purple underside. They are a stunning plant.

See also: Philodendron Soil, Philodendron Ilsemanii, Philodendron Fibrosum, Philodendron Lynamii, Philodendron Elegans, Philodendron Atabapoense Care, Philodendron Gigas Care, Philodendron Pastazanum Care, Philodendron Plowmanii Care.

Philodendron Atabapoense Light Needs

Medium to bright indirect sunlight is good for a philodendron atabapoense. They’ll be fine a bit further back from the window

How Often to Water

Water it when the top 50% of soil is dry. Check it once a week and only water it if dry enough. The biggest cause of problems or death in philodendrons is over watering, so be careful. If you water the plant while it is inside an external pot or saucer, then make sure you wait a few minutes and then tip out any excess water to avoid root rot.


Use a balanced feed or one high in nitrogen. Use it once a month in the spring and summer months to encourage growth of those big beautiful leaves.

Philodendron Atabapoense Care Soil

A loose, well draining soil is essential as the plant does not like to sit in heavy wet soil. A mix of orchid bark, perlite and potting compost is great.

For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot

Check it at easter time and pot it up a size if it is root bound or close to outgrowing it’s current pot. You can take some cuttings at this point too.

Tip: Tie them to a moss pole to climb up and that you can tie it to to encourage upward growth and tidy the aerial roots.


60 to 70% humidity is ideal. This will mean adding to normal household humidity with a humidifier or misting the plants daily.


15-32°C (59-90°F) is an ideal range for this philodendron.

How to Propagate Philodendron Atabapoense

Take stem cuttings with one leaf and one node. Let them callous over for the wounds to heal, then put the cuttings in cups of moist sphagnum moss to root. Keep them moist, humid and well lit until they root well, then pot them up to soil.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

Yes, they are toxic to cats. The parts of the plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause irritation if ingested, seek vets advice if your cat eats any.

Other Names

Philodendron Ataba, Ataba Philodendron.

Where To Buy

Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Philodendron Atabapoense Care FAQs and Common Problems

Common issues like brown or yellowing leaves and root rot come from overwatering. Make sure you do not overwater the plant and tip out any excess water from the pot ten minutes after watering.

Philodendron Atabapoense Mature

A mature plant can reach over 1 and half meters height 5 feet. The leaves become more sword-like and elongated as they mature.

Philodendron Atabapoense Vs Billietiae

The main difference is the atabapoense has dark pink or burgundy on the underside of it’s leaves, but the billietiae has green. There both have similar shaped long pointed leaves. For more on the billietiae, see our guide: Philodendron Billietiae.

Philodendron Billietiae X Atabapoense

There is a hybrid of the two plants Billietiae X Atabapoense commercially available that takes on the characteristics of both plants. At time of writing it is quite and in demand hybrid.

Philodendron Atabapoense Vs Mexicanum

These two look similar, you can tell the difference easily by looking at the leaf nodes. We covered this in our guide to the Mexicanum here.

Philodendron Atabapoense Vs Spiritus Sancti

The spiritus sancti is a much bigger plant with longer leaves. The leaves of the sancti can be almost as mig a person, for more see our guide here: Philodendron Spiritus Sancti.

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