Philodendron ‘Jungle Boogie’

With it’s narrow saw toothed leaves, this plant is a stunner! A great addition to your plant collection!

This amazing plant is a cultivated variety of Philodendron. It is a part of the Araceae family just like the Philodendron Adansonii. When it is young, the plant grows in a bowl or bird’s nest shape. As the plant matures, it may want to vine upwards. This particular plant that I have has about 6-7 inch long leaves. As they mature, the leaves may grow up to 2 to 3 feet long! That is a pretty large vining plant! Definitely something to consider when purchasing.

I can definitely say that I’ve wanted this plant for awhile. They are not too common as other Philodendrons, but at times you may find them in specialty plant shops. This particular plant I purchased online. Since they are not too common, you can expect a higher price tag on this than most other indoor plants.

Lighting and Temperature

As with most vining tropical plants, this plant enjoys bright diffused light. Most of my Philodendrons sit at least 4 feet away from my South and East facing windows. They seem to enjoy morning sun and more dappled or diffused afternoon lighting. Since it’s an understory plant, any longterm exposure to direct afternoon sun will scorch the plant. They can tolerate less light, but will grow best in bright indirect lighting.

Tropical plants cannot handle extreme heat or cold. This plant is no exception of that. The plant will suffer from prolonged exposure to hot or cold temperatures. Average indoor temperatures are ideal.

Watering and Humidity

Jungle Boogies’ do appreciate a good soaking, especially in the warm summer months, but be sure the soil is relatively dry before watering again. Soggy soil almost always leads to root rot. In the winter months, I would refrain from watering frequently. I recommend watering just so the soil and roots are dampened. The shorter day periods and cooler temps. make it harder for the soil to dry out.

Especially in the warmer months, the plant will enjoy more frequent misting and humidity between watering. It isn’t a requirement like with some other plants, but the plant will appreciate it. Anything you can do to mimic it’s natural tropical environment is best.

Soil and Fertilizing

Since drying out between watering is important, make sure to plant in soil that drains easily. Adding a lot of perlite or pumice to the soil will greatly assist in draining excess water out. For most tropical plants, I will use 1/3 indoor potting mix, 1/3 perlite or pumice rocks, and 1/3 gardening charcoal. Adding the charcoal not only adds more aeration to the soil but assists in keeping vital nutrients and microbes in as well. During the growing season, March to September, you can fertilize with a balanced fertilizer or with a fertilizer with a bit more nitrogen. This should help with the overall growth and appearance of the plant. In the fall and winter months, be sure to cut back on fertilizing completely.

Other Useful Information

This plant is toxic! Be sure to keep it out of reach from pets and small children. If ingested it may cause vomiting and excessive drooling.

There is also another plant similar to the ‘Jungle Boogie’ called the ‘Ring of Fire’. It is a variegated variety, with new growth that grows in orange or yellow. It’s a very beautiful plant that I hope to get soon so I can showcase the differences between them. Just like this plant, it is somewhat hard to find. I would say harder to find than this plant and a bit more expensive.


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