The Philodendron genus is becoming more popular every year. The demand for rare species in particular is increasing. We introduce you to 7 very rare philodendron species that are on the wish lists of many collectors. Most are hard to come by and cost quite a bit.
1. Philodendron Red Moon
The fresh leaves are variegated yellow and red, but turn light to medium green during growth. The variegation does not occur in all leaves and takes quite a long time to grow together, so that the leaves appear green burgundy for a long time. The Philodendron red moon is a climbing plant, if you prefer a bushier growth, you have to cut it back regularly. Otherwise, the red moon does not require any special care. Plants with 4 leaves are traded for around €1,000.
2. Philodendron Spiritus Sancti
The Holy Spirit of the Philodendron. The leaves are huge, long and thin. He's in great demand and very hard to come by. There are only 6 specimens that grow in nature in Brazil, otherwise there are several specimens in private collections. This species is difficult to reproduce, so there has only been one successful fertilization attempt in the United States. Propagation via cuttings works better, but due to the few specimens available, this also takes time. Therefore, it is very difficult to get your own copy and the price is very high. You can get a cutting or small plant from €800 and larger plants can quickly add up to several thousand euros.
3. Philodendron Whipple Way
The Philodendron Whipple Way has long pointed leaves. The new leaves are first light pink, then creamy white and turn green after a long time. The leaves are never dark green, but rather mint green. This color change is what makes this philodendron so popular. In addition, small green spots can always be seen on the leaves, which do not grow together over time. The exact leaf color depends on the site conditions and the soil, but this only determines slight nuances in color intensity. Medium-sized plants sell for around €7,000 and small plants for around €3,000.
4. Philodendron joepii
A very unusual plant that has very large, long leaves that are thin in the middle, with small "ears" on the left and right at the base of the leaves. Towards the end of the leaf, the leaf becomes very large, wide and tapers to a point. This is also a very rare plant that was only discovered in French Guiana about 30 years ago. At that time, researchers discovered only 2 specimens and no further sightings are known to date. It was assumed that it was a natural hybrid, but this was not confirmed. Medium-sized plants sell for around €500.
5. Philodendron Lynamii
This philodendron grows huge glossy leaves. The plant crawls along the ground, not climbing like other species. The fresh leaves are intensely red to pink in colour. After a longer period of time, however, they also turn dark green. The Philodendron Lynamii is not particularly difficult to care for. Like every philodendron, it needs tropical conditions, above all a humidity of over 70%. The thick leaves can store water, so that even a small dry period can be survived. Small plants are traded for around 400€.
6. Philodendron Florida Beauty
The variegated form of Philodendron Florida Green. The variation is yellow-green rather than all white and can even be found on the stems. With the Florida Green, these are slightly pink. Leaves with a large amount of white cannot absorb as much light, i.e. cannot photosynthesize as much as completely green leaves, and therefore grow more slowly. This is something to keep in mind when buying or making cuttings. Medium-sized plants sell for around €500.
7. Philodendron Bicolor
This species also has very long, thin leaves. The special feature is that the underside of the leaf is colored red and stays that way. The upper side of the leaf appears in a strong green, while the leaf veins are lighter. This special philodendron species has its origin in Peru. In Germany there is no shop that offers the Philodendron Bicolor. To get this houseplant, you have to resort to shops that only specialize in rare plants. A cutting of the Bicolor is traded for around €1,000.
Caring for Philodendron
The right care for your Philodendron is the FARBIO® Nitrogen Bio-Boost . It supports and strengthens your plant with important nutrients, which are essential for intensive leaf green and healthy growth of all plant parts.