Philodendron Gigas
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Philodendron Gigas Care

In this philodendron gigas care guide we cover all you need to know…

Philodendron Gigas Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly, water when the top 50% of soil is dry. 
Fertilizer:A balanced feed every 3 or 4 weeks in spring and summer.
Soil:A well draining potting mix.
Temperature:12-30°C (54-86°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Pests on the leaves, over watering.


Originally from Panama, the philodendron gigas is a velvet leaved climbing philodendron with impressive dark green leaves.

Light Needs

Bright but indirect sunlight is best for a gigas to get the best growth. They do ok back from the window a bit too.

How Often to Water

Check your plant every week, and water them when the top 50% is dry. After watering tip out any excess water, they must not sit in water logged soil as they get root rot easily.

Philodendron Gigas Fertilizer

Feed a balanced feed every 3 or 4 weeks in spring and summer. Do not feed in colder months.


You want a rich well draining soil.

When To Repot

Repot them when they get root bound, be sure to check in spring so they have space to grow for the year.

Philodendron Gigas Humidity

70% or even more. They are tropical plants and love a humid environment.


12-30°C (54-86°F) is ideal. They will grow quicker towards the warmer end of that range.

Difference Between Philodendron Gigas And Melanochrysum

The philodendron melanochrysum has a darker green leaf that start off lighter with an orange hue, the gigas is lighter green.

Propagate Philodendron Gigas

You can propagate a philodendron gigas with cuttings and root them in sphagnum moss, water or soil. Make sure you get at least one node and one leaf on the cutting. Keep it warm and humid and it it should root in a month or so.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names

Philodendron Gigas Care FAQs and Common Problems

Check the plant regularly for pests on the leaves so that you can treat them before an infestation takes hold.

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