Don’t fret if you are confused by the conflicting plant care tips and tricks out there; keeping
your plant happy is as simple as getting to know where they came from and how they grow in their natural habitat.
The Philodendron billietiae is a rare plant native to the lower canopy of South American rainforests so is used to dappled light penetrating the upper canopy and is well suited to a wide range of light levels. A common trait of plants that evolved to thrive in a variety of light
conditions is a color changing ability.
Philo billietiae’s leaf stems will be orange in medium-bright indirect light and red in brighter indirect light with a few hours of direct light. It is used to fairly frequent rains so water this plant when the top 1-2” has become dry.
When top 2" dry out
Moisture retaining and well-draining
The Vriesea ‘Splenriet’ is a type of bromeliad native to Trinidad, eastern Venezuela, and the
Guianas and is found growing in the branches and canopies of larger plants. A plant with this type of growth habit is called an epiphyte. Epiphytes don’t have large root systems or frequent watering needs since in the wild they don’t grow in soil. Vriesea splendens evolved a little reservoir in the very center of the plant to store rainwater so make sure the reservoir is about ¼ full, or less if in low light. Let the reservoir go dry for a few days before filling again but remember to only water the soil portion when it is dry, every 1-2 months depending on season.
This easy-going hybrid tolerates lower light than other bromeliads, thriving in medium to bright light; it will have green leaves in lower light and purple stripes in brighter light.
Flaming Sword Bromeliad
Medium to Bright-indirect
Moist and well draining
Neanthe Bella Palm
The Neanthe bella palm, also known as the parlor palm, is native to the understory of moist
rainforests in southern Mexico and Guatemala and will quickly make any drab corner appear lush. Thick, thirsty rhizomatous stems secure these palms in wet soils and love to have a steady drink of water.
Soil should be moist but not soggy, so water your Neanthe bella when the top 1-2” of soil are dry. If leaf tips are starting to turn crispy or brown, increase watering frequency or decrease light slightly (choose one).
Neanthe Bella Palm
when top 1-2" dry
Moist and well- draining