Nice to finally meet you, Heartleaf Philodendron Brasil


You’re gonna be the cutest little wall-plant, aren’t ya!

Tell us a bit about yourself…

  • Binomial name: Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’
  • Given name: Jack
  • Native to: South America
  • Bought: June 16, 2021 at Plant & Curio
  • Original pot: 3 inch square pot
  • Current pot: made a custom grow pot from a Coco bubble tea plastic cup, placed inside a 3 x 7 inch ceramic wall pocket pot

Field notes — June 18, 2021

  • Soil: dry; gave a shower in the morning prior to repotting
  • Longest strand: about 10 cm from soil to furthest leaf node
  • Largest leaf: 11.5 cm from node to tip
  • New growth: unfurling leaf has unfurled a bit more; one new leaf is sprouting; one new vine is rising from surface
  • Repotting: 1/4 regular potting mix + a little cactus mix, 1/4 perlite, 1/2 coco coir

Field notes — July 24, 2021

  • Soil: moist; last watered 13 days ago (would benefit from more light so it uses up water more)
  • Light: 150 FC several feet under temporary grow light solution
  • Longest strand: about 10.5 cm from soil to furthest leaf node (0.5 cm longer than before)
  • Largest leaf: 11.5 cm from node to tip
  • New growth:
    • Unfurling leaf has from June never fully unfurled
    • Three new leaves have since unfurled and three more are starting. One leaf is nearly all light green-yellow! But the others have a nice balance.

Research notes

Atmosphere

  • Light: low to bright indirect light; bright indirect is best and helps variegation
  • Humidity: basic to high; high results in larger leaves; mist occasionally or shower in the sink
  • Temperature: no drafts! 21 to 26 degrees Celsius in the day; above 12 degrees at night

Water

  • Preference: when top 50 to 75% of soil dries out
  • Frequency: inconsistency is forgiven; 

Soil, fertilization, and pots

  • Soil type: poor won’t kill it, but prefers rich, chunky, peaty; 1/2 peaty potting soil + 1/4 coco coir + 1/4 pumice/perlite + some compost
  • Fertilization: once a month during spring and summer, liquid fertilizer
  • Repotting: spring and summer; slightly rootbound is OK

Lifestyle

  • Grow style: fast
  • Mature size: 1.2 m strands or longer
  • Common problems: 
    Mealy bugs, scale, spider mites (check especially where leaf meets stem and underside of leaves)
    Yellowing leaves (occasional is fine; otherwise may be due to too much or little water or light, too much fertilizer, soil mix is too heavy, not enough drainage)
  • Other care: dust regularly; trim dead, damaged, or diseased leaves above a leaf node
  • Pruning: trim leggy vines for more bushiness
  • Propagation: prune stem below node and aerial root nodule; put into light mix or water (change water at least once a week); roots in 2 weeks

Research sources: Pistils Nursery, bloomscape, Joy Us Garden,

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