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October 05, 2020 2 min read

The Philodendron 'Brasil' (shop here) is stunning cultivar of the philodendron genus and like it's easy going cousin, the Heart-leaf philodendron, is a happy addition to any indoor plant collection. With its cascading vining growth and strikingly variegated foliage gives it a painterly quality and instantly brightens a room with its hits of zingy lime green through to deep emerald green.

As with many of philodendrons these plants are pretty adaptable to varying light conditions but will proliferate with brighter diffused light. A vigorous grower the Philodendron 'Brasil' will easily and quickly fill out to become a lush member of your indoor plant collection.

Indigenous to tropical South America - the clue is in the name ;) the Philodendron 'Brasil' will definitely welcome some humidity but to be honest I've found the easier members of the Philodendron genus (Brasil, Heart-leaf and even micans) will cope well in an average household environment. A good indication of your Philodendron 'Brasil' needing higher humidity is small stunted leaf growth, although this could also be an indication of needing more fertiliser so always assess your routine to account for what may be missing. 

Watering is only required when the top 2.5cm of potting mix has dried out. They like consistently moist potting mix but will easily suffer root rot if left sitting in water for too long or too often. 

As with all indoor plants it is strongly advisable to use room temperature water which has been allowed to sit overnight. This allows the chlorine to evaporate and reduces the chance of chemical damage to your indoor plants and avoids temperature shock too.

Think about it, watering your indoor plants with cold, chlorinated water straight from the tap is like throwing a bucket of freezing cold water and bleach on your roomie or significant other during a Netflix binge session - they ain't gonna be happy and neither will your plants!

Fertiliser is not usually required during the colder months when most indoor plants are resting but once the warm weather arrives a good slow release pellet fertiliser once a month or a weekly application of liquid fertiliser will see your Philodendron 'Brasil' throwing out new leaves throughout the warmer months.

 


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