Philodendron Brasil, or Philodendron hederaceum 'Brasil', is a cultivator of the popular Philodendron Cordatum (Heart-leaf Philodendron). This trailing plant has lime green, heart-shaped leaves with yellow variegation, which resemble the Brazilian flag, hence the name!
Native to South America, this perennial vining plant belongs to the Araceae family and can grow up to 36" in both height and width. It is perfect for hanging baskets and tall planters.
Philodendron Cordatum Brasil is a natural air purifier. It is very effective in removing formaldehyde from the air.
Philodendron Cordatum Brasil prefers bright, indirect sunlight, but it also tolerates medium lighting conditions. Shady spots, however, can slow down its growth and makes this plant lose its variegation. Avoid harsh direct sun to prevent scorching leaves.
Check the soil once per week and only water when the top 2" of the soil is dry to the touch. Water thoroughly and drain well after each watering. Crispy leaves mean that your plant needs more water, and yellow leaves indicate that it was over-watered. This plant needs less water if grown in medium or low light conditions.
This plant prefers well-drained, porous soils. It is recommended that you add some perlite to general houseplant potting soil to increase drainage.
This plant grows best in normal room temperatures (between 65°F-80°F). This plant is not frost-tolerant and it does not grow well when the temperature drops below 50°F. Philodendron Cordatum prefers high humidity (over 50%), so mist your plant and use a humidifier when the environment is too dry.
This plant should be fertilized once per month during the growing season (spring/summer) with diluted houseplant fertilizer. You can alternatively use a slow-release fertilizer twice per year.
This plant is mildly toxic if ingested, so keep it out of reach of pets and children.
USDA Zone 11-12
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)