How to Care for a Philodendron Brasil

How to Care for a Philodendron Brasil

Use these instructions to care for a Philodendron Brasil. This guide will tell you how to water your Philodendron Brazil; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

 
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS
The Philodendron Brasil can survive in low light conditions, but grows faster and produces more leaves in medium or bright indirect light. The variegation will be more pronounced in higher light. Do not put it in direct sunlight since the sun will burn the foliage.

WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water your Philodendron well and allow the top 50% of the soil to dry before watering again. Yellow leaves may indicate over watering, while brown leaves mean the plant needs more water.



HUMIDITY PREFERENCE
Basic household humidity is fine for your Philodendron Brasil, but higher humidity encourages larger leaves. Your plant will benefit from the occasional misting.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
Your plant will grow well in temperatures between 70-80 degrees during the day and above 55 degrees at night. Keep it away from drafts, especially during the winter months.

PLANT FOOD
Feed the Philodendron Brasil monthly in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food diluted to half the recommended strength. Fertilize every other month in the fall and winter.

ADDITIONAL CARE
Trim out any dead, discolored, damaged, or diseased leaves and stems as they occur. Use clean, sharp scissors to avoid tearing or bruising the stems. Snip stems just above a leaf node. Wash the leaves frequently to prevent dust from clogging its pores.

TOXICITY
Philodendron leaves are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will result in swelling of the lips and tongue, and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.