Real World Gardener Philodendron Xanadu and Gold Bullion are Plant of the Week

December 4th, 2015

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Philodendron Xanadu and Philodendron Gold Bullion

Philodendron belong to the Araceae family of plants and some of them become enormous and climb to great heights.

Many of these plants are grown as ornamental and indoor plants.
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Philodendron Xanadu  belongs to a genus of plants that can’t really support themselves, so they have roots to do that for them.

Philodendron Xanadu is more like  a shrub with a soft trunk that sends off long distance aerial roots to maintain that support.

Philodendron Xanadu

You might be surprised to learn that Philodendron Xanadu was originally reported to be a selected chance seedling discover in 1983 in a Western Australian nursery. 

It was renamed 'Xanadu' by House Plants of Australia and released as their plant of the year in 1988
It was thought to be a sport or hybrid of Philodendron bipinnatifidum and named Philodendron 'Winterbourn' and protected under Plant Breeder Rights in Australia.


Philodendron Xanadu has very attractive lobed leaves that are richly green and lush.

It grows to around 75 cm in height and eventually makes a 1m-wide clump.

This plant is very tough and needs no attention once established, apart from occasional watering and some fertiliser once a year.

Put Philodendrons into a shady position amongst other tropical-looking plants suits it best –

Grow them amongst bromeliads, Alocasia, bird's nest ferns, giant Liriope, cane Begonia and Abutilon.

Philodendron Gold Bullion

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