Philodendron Hederaceum ‘Brasíl’

This gorgeous vining plant is a household favorite that is just as beautiful as it is easy to care for.

This Philodendron “Brasil” is just another one of many within the Araceae family. It is a stunning vining tropical plant that is surprisingly easy to care for. Because of it’s durability, it has become a favorite amongst many.

Lighting and Temperature

This plant is very capable of surviving all types of neglect. Lighting being one of them. They can tolerate lower light settings but will thrive if given bright light. Like most tropical plants, they love bright diffused light. An East or West facing window will probably be best. As long as the lighting isn’t intense enough to burn the leaves, the plant should be fine.

Indoor temperatures are ideal, about 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit or 16-27 degrees Celsius. Any colder or hotter will cause some major damage to the plant.

Watering and Humidity

I like to water my plant once every week or so. These plants will be fine if you forget to water frequently. They love a good soak but need to be able to dry out before the next watering. I would wait until about 50-60 percent of the soil is dry before watering again. The plant will also benefit from rinsing it’s leaves occasionally. This helps the plant rid of any dust that may have settled on the leaves, allowing it to breathe better.

In the summer months I mist my Philodendrons much more frequently. Although this tropical plant isn’t too picky about the humidity, it will appreciate some misting. Especially in the dry summer months.

Soil and Propagation

Since this plant needs to dry out some between watering, it is important to use soil with excellent drainage. I use indoor potting mix with a heavy use of perlite or pumice mixed in. Gardening charcoal mixed in is also very beneficial in aiding with drainage and aeration.

One of the reasons I love this plant so much is how easy it is to propagate! The plant does vine and tend to get leggy. During the growing season, you can help the plant get fuller by trimming some of its vines. You can place the cuttings in water or in damped soil and they will root in no time. I like to propagate in water. I seem to have more success with this method. Once you have about an inch or two of roots, you can transfer the cuttings into damp soil. Just be sure to keep the soil damp until roots form or acclimate.

Other Helpful Tips

This plant and all Philodendrons are toxic! Be careful not to keep them in reach of small children or pets. They may cause vomiting or swelling if ingested.

Vining philodendrons are frequently confused with Pothos plants. Although they may look similar, a major difference is that Philodendrons produce sheaths at the nodes. Pothos don’t create sheaths, only philodendrons do. After some time, the sheaths will eventually dry up and fall off. Another indicator is the shape of the leaves. Philodendron ‘Brasil’ has heart shaped leaves and Pothos do not.

Philodendrons create a lot of aerial roots. It not only makes it easy to propagate but actually helps the plant climb up onto surrounding trees or plants. Although it is commonly seen doing this in the wild, it does not harm the other plants in any way.

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