Philodendron 'Brasil' has variegated leaves look almost painted, with strokes of yellow and lime green across the deep green foliage.
Tolerant of a wide range of light conditions, this plant is a prolific grower, producing long cascading vines that can easily reach the floor. Like its cousin, the standard green Heartleaf Philodendron, Philodendron 'Brasil' is extremely easy to grow - no green thumb required.
Set the Philodendron in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Find a position near a window where the sun’s rays never actually touch the foliage. While it’s normal for older leaves to yellow, if this happens to several leaves at the same time, the plant may be getting too much light. On the other hand, if the stems are long and leggy with several inches between leaves, the plant probably isn’t getting enough light
Philodendrons do best in loose, well-drained soil that is high in organic matter. Soilless mixtures such as peat-vermiculite or peat-perlite are also satisfactory.
When growing philodendron plants, allow the top 2cms of soil to dry out between waterings. Droopy leaves can mean that the plant is getting too much or not enough water. But the leaves recover quickly when you correct the watering schedule.
Feed philodendron houseplants with a balanced liquid foliage houseplant fertiliser that contains macro-nutrients. Water the plant with the fertiliser monthly in spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in autumn and winter. Slow growth and small leaf size is the plants way of telling you that it isn’t getting enough fertiliser. Pale new leaves usually indicate that the plant isn’t getting enough calcium and magnesium, which are essential micro-nutrients for philodendrons.
Philodendron are not prone to insects, but you may encounter aphids and mealybugs. You can wipe off mealybugs with cotton balls dipped in rubbing alcohol. Periodically showering the plant with water and applying insecticidal soap will help keep pests at bay.
Eventually, the vines will get very long and it is very difficult to manage so you may need to prune it. It doesn’t really matter how long you cut it. However for best results leave a few leaves on the vine, just so it has some energy to sprout with.
Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy. Apart from that pruning will encourage the plant to develop more shoots. Pruning also reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.
Repot when you notice the philodendron needs more water than it used to. Apart from that you also can repot every 2 years in the same in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the old pot
- Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil.
- Select a container with a drainage hole - remember drill holes for drainage if there are none
- Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 5cm from the rim of the planter.
- Remove Philodendron from its pot.
- Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel.
- Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots
- After potted your philodendron, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start.
- Place Philodendron in a reliably sunny location.
Pictured here in a 13cm hanging pot, it will be posted potted.