Updated: May 26, 2019
Philodendron “Brasil” is some of the easiest tropical plants to grow indoors. It is a great first-time houseplant or gift plant and it’s perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the natural beauty of plants without a lot of maintenance.
It prefers consistently moist soil, yet can tolerate all kinds of poor maintenance including low light, inconsistent watering and poor soil. It can survive in low light condition but grows faster and produces more leaves in medium or bright indirect light.
Yellow leaves may indicate over watering, while brown leaves mean the plant needs more water. Yellow leaves, if this happens to several leaves at the same time, the plant may be getting too much light. On the other hand, if the stems are long and leggy with several inches between leaves, this means the plant isn’t getting enough light. Occasional misting encourages larger and healthier leaves.
Feed philodendron houseplants with a balanced liquid foliage houseplant fertilizer that contains macro-nutrients. Water the plant with the fertilizer monthly in spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter. Slow growth and small leaf size indicate that the plant isn’t getting enough plant food. Pale new leaves usually indicate that the plant is lack of calcium and magnesium, which are essential for philodendrons.
Wipe the leaves frequently to prevent dust from clogging its pores. Trim out any dead, damaged, or diseased leaves and stems, if there is any. Use clean, sharp scissors to avoid tearing or bruising the stems. Snip stems just above a leaf node.
Toxic to cats and dogs.