February 8th, 2022
Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’, commonly known as Philodendron ‘Brasil’. These plants belong to the Araceae or Aroid family and are native to Central America and the Caribbean. Philodendron ‘Brasil’ is a cultivar of the Heartleaf Philodendron meaning it’s a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding. If you are looking for an easy-care plant for beginners or just a really amazing trailing plant, this is the one for you. This philly is known for its stunning, heart-shaped leaves and green to lime-green striping.
Let’s talk about care. Philodendron ‘Brasil’ loves to bask in bright, indirect light. Direct sun will scorch the leaves especially in the summer months when the light is more intense. The key to maintaining that brightly colored foliage is to give your plant adequate light. Brasil will tolerate low light, but will result in less color contrast and leggy growth with smaller leaves. When it comes to soil these plants aren’t super picky but a well-draining houseplant mix like the Espoma's Organic Potting Mix or Sol Soils Houseplant Mix will be best. Let this plant dry down between watering, but not all the way. Water when the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry. Trailing Philodendrons, especially ‘Brasil’ are very easy to propagate and are a great plant to share with friends. Simply take a stem cutting from above a nod, dip in Rooting Powder, and place in water or soil. Within weeks you will notice root development. Pruning will help keep your plant shapely and manageable. Pests are a common when growing houseplants indoors. Some to look out for when caring for your Philodendron are mealy bugs, spider mites, and fungus gnats. Keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Super Soap at the ready for fast action.