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Philodendron Brasil Care Guide and Plant Profile

The Philodendron Brasil is a stunning houseplant that grows quickly and vines. This plant will trail out of a basket or climb a moss pole. The brasil examples the natural beauty of plants.

This Philodendron Brasil has heart shaped leaves with a lime green stripe down the center. That lime green center is surrounded by a darker green outer edge. This plant is easy to grow and often considered a great first time houseplant.

This Philodendron can tolerate multiple kinds of lighting. It will grow faster in bright indirect light. However, it can tolerate lower light.

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The Philodendron Brasil with neon striping.

Like most variegated plants, the more light the plant gets, the more variegation it will produce. If this plant is kept in a lower light area, it could revert back to green and lose the neon striping. Keep this plant in bright indirect light to preserve the vibrant color.

This plant is a member of the Araceae family. The philodendron brasil is considered an Aroid. These are tropical plants and prefer warmth and higher humidity.

The Brasil Philodendron is easy to propagate. Simply take a cutting from the vine and place the nodes in water. Roots will grow within a week or two. You can plant the cutting once the roots measure 2-3 inches long.

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Philodendron Brasil trailing in a striped pot. Enjoy the natural beauty of this easy care indoor plant.

This plant can tolerate watering once a week. The soil should be a well draining, chunky aroid mix. Always plant the Brasil in a pot with a drainage hole. Looking for plants without a lot of maintenance? Here you go.

Beginner Houseplants:

These are all easy plants to grow. They tolerate all kinds of neglect including low light poor soil and inconsistent watering.


The Philodendron family has over 480 different types. The most popular include the Philodendron Birkin, the Heart leaf Philodendron, and Philodendron Micans. T

These plants can range from affordable to very expensive depending on the rarity of the plant. Choose a less expensive variety for a first time houseplant or gift for beginners.

The majority of Philodendrons can tolerate lower light levels and they filter the air of formaldehyde making them great indoor houseplants.

Toxic Plant:

While not fatal, eating these mildly poisonous houseplants causes irritated skin, nausea, burning and swelling of the mouth, tongue or throat, vomiting and diarrhea in pets and people.

Keep them in a safe place.

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Philodendron Brasil Care Guide

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The Brasil Philodendron is a stylish plant with interesting variegations.

This Lovely plant grows as a vine and does well in a hanging basket, or trained on a trellis or pole.

This Care Guide will teach you how to keep this tropical Aroid happy all through the year.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy


Soil Preference:

  1. This aroid requires a light soil.
  2. A mix of potting soil, perlite and orchid bark will keep the roots happiest.
  3. Here is our mix.aroid soil mix
  4. Two parts potting soil to two parts perlite to one part orchid bark.
  5. A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for aroids.

Pot Size and Type:

  1. The Brasil Philodendron grows relatively quickly and does best when allowed to trail or climb.
  2. If you want to encourage faster growth choose a pot about 2 inches wider in diameter than the current pot.
  3. Any well drained pot can be used. It MUST have drainage.
  4. Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom To the next pot size up.
  5. Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one unless you wish to encourage faster growth. Just go to the next size up pot.


  1. The Philodendron Brasil enjoys bright indirect or dappled light.
    It will tolerate lower indirect light it if has some brighter moments in the day.
  2. Some filtered sunlight from a window will be appreciated.
  3. Shield this aroid from strong direct light in summer south and west sunny windows. The leaves will burn.
  4. Tip: Window sheers or blinds can offset some brief periods of high direct light.


  1. Water your Brasil when the soil is dry. Aroids do not like to be overly wet. Try a watering schedule of every other week.
  2. Watering is best done on a regular schedule so the plant is not over or under watered. Both can cause stress on the plant.
  3. This tropical plant enjoys humidity. In dry climates this Philodendron will thrive with a humidifier nearby. OR use a pebble tray under the pot filled half way with water.
  4. In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the soil is dry.
  5. Never let this plant get wet feet. Water when the top 2 inches of soil are dry. If the soil is compacted the bottom of the soil can remain wet which encourages root rot and fungus gnats.

How to Fertilize:

  1. Apply a good quality fertilizer (linked in materials) monthly through Spring and summer.
  2. Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow the philodendron birkin to rest through the winter months.


  1. Keep the Brasil at a low of 65 Degrees F. to upward of 85 Degrees F. It enjoys warmth and humidity.

Pruning and Training:

  1. Pruning will give you a fuller plant with more even growth. But it's not necessary with the Brasil unless you want to shape it.
  2. Sharp Hand pruners are preferred for pruning. They will give a clean cut that will heal quickly.

Table Top Plants:

  1. It’s easy to prune and shape these plants to whatever length and fullness you desire.
  2. Since the Brasil is a trailing plant, it will need to be hung up in a hanging pot when the leaves start vining down the side of the pot.
  3. If you don't want to hang the Philodendron Brasil, another option would be to stake it so it can climb.


  1. The Brasil is not fussy and resists pests. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
  2. Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to plant stress..
  3. Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
  4. Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
  5. To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
  6. Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.

How to Propagate:

  1. Propagation is easily done through leaf node stem cuttings.
  2. You need a 3 to 6 inch leaf stem with a couple of nodes and healthy growth.
  3. Cut your start in the internodal zone The nodes are easy to spot on a vine plant.
  4. Cut a long stem from the mother plant as close to the base of the plant as possible.
  5. Place the node into a jar with water. Use tap water that has settled 24 hours in the jar to dissipate chemicals harmful to the philodendron birkin.
  6. Set the jar in a well lit area.
  7. After several weeks roots will grow. Allow the roots to get an inch or more in length.
  8. Plant gently and firmly into pot with proper soil mix.
  9. Make sure to keep the soil moist until the roots begin to set into the soil.


Toxic Plant:

While not fatal, eating these mildly poisonous houseplants causes irritated skin, nausea, burning and swelling of the mouth, tongue or throat, vomiting and diarrhea in pets and people.

Keep them in a safe place.

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