The Variegated Burle Marx is rising in popularity among plant enthusiasts. This beautiful plant has long leaves with variegation running throughout.
The Burle Marx plant was first discovered by famed landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. He was known for designing parks and gardens. He was very passionate about using native plants in his architectural designs. You can check out some of the gorgeous gardens designed by Roberto Burle Marx
As with some variegated plant varieties, the variegation on the Burle Marx plant is not stable. This means that the plant can revert back to an all green form. There are many factors that influence the variegation in a plants leaves. Light, variegation in the stem/vines, etc. Without the right care and attention, your variegated plant can revert back.
Unlike some variegated plants, this is not a particularly rare or outrageously expensive plant. You might be able to find it locally from nurseries or greenhouses. But if you are having difficulty locating this plant to purchase. You can buy it from Etsy where many plant hobbyists sell cuttings and plants.
Lighting is very important with variegated plants. Keep this plant in bright indirect light, and it will be able to maintain the variegation. If you notice that your plant is starting to produce green leaves or the stem is becoming all green chop it back. You can cut it back to the most variegated node to give it a chance to grow more variegation.
The plants will always try and revert back especially if they feel threatened by low light. The plant produces the most chlorophyll from the darkest green parts of the leaf. If it feels that it will die from lack of light and ability to photosynthesize, then it will revert to all green.
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- This aroid requires a light soil.
- A mix of potting soil, perlite and orchid bark will keep the roots happiest.
- Here is our mix.
- Two parts potting soil to two parts perlite to one part orchid bark.
- A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for aroids.
Pot Size and Type:
- If you want to encourage faster growth choose a pot about 2 inches wider in diameter than the current pot.
- Any well drained pot can be used. It MUST have drainage.
- Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom To the next pot size up.
- 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.
- The variegated burle marx enjoys bright indirect.
It will tolerate lower indirect light it if has some brighter moments in the day.
- Some filtered sunlight from a window will be appreciated.
- Shield this aroid from strong direct light in summer south and west sunny windows. The leaves will burn.
- Tip: Window sheers or blinds can offset some brief periods of high direct light.
- Water your plant when the soil is dry. Aroids do not like to be overly wet. Try a watering schedule of every other week.
- Watering is best done on a regular schedule so the plant is not over or under watered. Both can cause stress on the plant.
- 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.
- In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the soil is dry.
- 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. Heavy wet soils attract Fungus Gnats.
How to Fertilize:
- Apply a good quality fertilizer (linked in materials) monthly through Spring and summer.
- Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow the philodendron birkin to rest through the winter months.
- Keep the plant at a low of 65 Degrees F. to upward of 85 Degrees F. It enjoys warmth and humidity.
Table Top Plants:
- It’s easy to prune and shape these plants to whatever length and fullness you desire.
- Since the plant is slow growing it can look right at home on a table for quite a while.
- When it grows up too high to look balanced on a table either cut it back or set it on the floor to decorate a corner.
- The burle marx is not fussy and resists pests. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
- Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to plant stress..
- Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
- Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
- To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
- Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.
How to Propagate:
- Propagation is easily done through leaf node stem cuttings.
- You need a 3 to 6 inch leaf stem with a couple of nodes and healthy growth.
- This more easily seen on vines but the burle marx has nodes at the leaf base too.
- Cut a long stem from the mother plant as close to the base of the plant as possible.
- 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 burle marx.
- Set the jar in a well lit area.
- After several weeks roots will grow. Allow the roots to get an inch or more in length.
- Plant gently and firmly into pot with proper soil mix.
- Make sure to keep the soil moist until the roots begin to set into the soil.
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