Original Cultivar to Gabriella Plants™
Philodendron 'Gabby' is a result of over 10 years of work and it has been selectively cultivated to be more stable than most cream variegations at our family greenhouses for over a decade.
Gabby is full of incredible cream variegation and each leaf does vary widely. Since the summer of 2020, this plant has seen thousands of web searches per week which makes our production rates of around 2-3 dozen every 2-3 months fail in comparison.
'Gabby' was a naturally occurring sport originating from a Philodendron Brasil, however, we did not have to manipulate the plant's growth by an overexposure of light or by starving or overfeeding of nutrients. Our selectively propagated cultivar was named "Gabby" after the company name and the street "Gabriella Lane" that has so much history to our family.
Right now, we experience 100x+ more demand than the number of plants we can grow each month. This can make it hard to successfully purchase one, but we plan to release what we can as soon as we can.
Ways to tell it apart from others...
Although Gabby can have a wide range of it's variegation, one thing you won't find on a Gabby is the leaves towards the top of the plant being brighter than the bottom. This typically happens when the cream variegation is produced by artificial extreme conditions.
Due to it's high concentration of variegation, Gabby does tend to grow rather slowly, especially when it is on a series of multiple highly variegated leaves. When this true expression of the cream color is in effect, the internodes on the plant get tighter than most, further slowly down the propagation process.
Limited Growing Capacity
Right now, it seems to us that Gabby may be the most popular plant we grow, so it makes sense that we simply can't grow enough for everyone. We will be able to grow roughly 4x more Pink Princess this year than we will with Gabby, so it's price will be reflective of it's hard to grow nature.
Another key way of knowing whether you have a true GP Gabby or not is to note the spacing between the nodes as Gabby should have much closer spacing.
If a plant has recently had an environmental condition spark the variegation, the plant will have mostly normal spacings of nodes.
GROWER TIPS FROM OUR SEASONED GREENHOUSE PROFESSIONALS
Care Tips for 'Gabby'
Moderate to bright indirect light, no direct sun.
Let soil dry to 25% moist before watering.
They prefer their temperatures to range from 55°F to 90°F
These are vining philodendron by nature, but you can trim this plant to keep the shape or length that you desire as well as use a totem to enable the plant to climb vertically.
We include a 6 mo. time released fertilizer at time of planting, either in the soil or on top of the soil, so your plant should be good to go on nutrients for up to 3-4 months when you receive it.
W/ high humidity, these will form aerial roots at each node and if given a textured surface to attach to, will climb and undergo ontogenesis AKA leaf maturation. With proper conditions and ample time, leaves can reach over 1ft long!