Philodendron burle-marxii

Philodendron burle-marxii

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Philodendron burle-marxii is part of the Araceae family and its native range is Colombia to Ecuador and N. Brazil. These plants are low-growing shrubs, leaves are narrowly oblong and coriaceous with lateral veins.

Genus name comes from the Greek ‘philo’ meaning loving and ‘dendro’ meaning tree. Specific epithet honors landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.

Pot: ø 15cm.

Height: Approximately 45cm from base of pot. 

Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. Plants with variegation will require more light and the white parts of the leaves will age faster.

Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.

Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.

Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Temperature: 18-27°C. 

Humidity: This plant would prefer higher humidity but adapts well to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.

Philodendron are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.