Maintenance: Intermediate | Climate: Warm + Humid | Light: Bright + Indirect | Watering: Semi-frequent | Pet Safe: No
The tropical Philodendron Jungle Boogie grows long leaves with with "toothed" edges - deep, irregular ruffles on each side of the leaf. New growth appears in a bright green or yellow shade before developing its deeper green pigmentation. This climbing plant grows vertically when provided with a supportive pole or stake.
The Jungle Boogie prefers medium to bright, indirect light. Sunlight filtered through blinds or curtains, and placement a few feet away from a bright window is ideal. Well-lit conditions produce more robust growth, while medium light levels may result in smaller, slower growth rates. Keep it away from direct sunlight and rotate it regularly for even growth.
Water generously once the top 50%-75% of soil has dried, allowing excess water to drain out. It can tolerate brief periods of drought on occasion but keep in mind that this plant is native to tropical environments. Reduce watering frequency during fall and winter. To maintain the quality of your soil and leaf appearance, we do not recommend tap water.
Mimic a tropical environment in your space to keep your Philodendron happy. Maintain temperatures between 65º-85º and create extra humidity in the room. Provide a boost of humidity by:
- Misting the leaves 3-4x per week with non-tap water
- Adding a humidifier nearby
- Making a pebble tray that lives underneath the pot
- Placement in a bathroom or kitchen, if lighting is suitable
Keep your plant away from drafts, air vents, and heat sources. Extreme temperature fluctuations will cause your plant distress.
Philodendrons symbolize health and abundance, offering a deeper and intentional connection to its care. Thoughtful placement in your home can channel positive energy for health and positivity. While keeping the environmental needs in mind, consider placing it at the center of your room, where you gather with family, or in a bedroom, so you can keep its symbolism in mind daily.
POTTING & SOIL
We recommend a ceramic planter with plenty of drainage to provide an ideal moisture balance for your Philodendron. When repotting, keep it in a planter of the same size or no more than 2 inches larger. To grow your plant larger, pot up in size annually for the first 1-2 years. Mature Philodendrons can be repotted less often and will continue to grow when provided with climbing support. Read through Pruning and Propagating below to keep your plant at a manageable size.
A well-draining soil with amendments such as coco coir, perlite, and bark will provide a healthy balance of moisture retention, aeration, and drainage. This is important to ensure its roots have space to spread and are not suffocated by waterlogged soil.
When you’ve gotten the hang of it, Philodendron care is pretty simple year-round. Like all plants, there are a handful of seasonal notes to remember:
- Maintain comfortable temperatures and moderate humidity levels through fall and winter
- Move your plant a few feet away from cold or drafty windows
- If possible, bring it to a brighter area to make up for shorter daylight
- Water less frequently, and be sure to schedule it only once the soil has dried about 75%
- Avoid repotting, fertilizing, and other drastic changes that stress the plant
PRUNING & PROPAGATION
Pruning is key for maintaining a healthy and robust plant. Removing damaged and old leaves allows the plant to direct all its energy to healthy growth. With strategic pruning, you can also propagate the Jungle Boogie to grow your collection.
To propagate your Philodendron Jungle Boogie, you’ll need:
- Clean + sharp pruning shears or scissors
- Jar or glass of room temperature, non-tap water
- Healthy, mature Jungle Boogie
- Cinnamon (optional)
How to propagate:
- Choose healthy stem(s) with a node or aerial root at the end. Make your cut above the node on a stem with multiple healthy leaves. Aerial roots are brown roots that grow above the soil.
- Allow your cutting to sit out for 24-48 hours so the cut can callous before placing it in water. You can also sprinkle cinnamon on the exposed cut(s) to prevent infection.
- Fill your clean glass with non-tap, room-temperature water.
- Place your stem cutting(s) inside the jar and put it in a bright, indirect spot.
- Refresh with clean water + pot into soil when roots are at least 3 inches long.
Be aware that the longer your propagations sit in water, the harder it will be for them to transition to soil when they're potted. Never prune plants more than 10-20% at a time.
You should see few issues when caring for this intermediate-level plant but when changes are spotted, you'll want to address it quickly. Some common issues your Jungle Boogie might experience are:
Leaf discoloration is often due to overwatering, low light, age, or a nutrient deficiency. To identify the cause of your yellowing or discolored leaves, check the soil moisture to confirm if it's moist or dry. Soil should be watered after it has dried about 50% down and bright, indirect light is best. The oldest leaves will also yellow off as the plant makes room for new growth.
BROWN LEAVES, TIPS, OR EDGES
Dry, crispy leaves on a Jungle Boogie are a sign of underwatering, low humidity, leaf scorch from direct sunlight, or fertilizer burn. Start by assessing the soil moisture, lighting, and how much humidity you’ve provided. If you recently used a fertilizer treatment, the concentration may have been too strong. Prune away damaged leaves if needed.
Philodendron leaves curl when the soil or air is very dry. It can also happen as a result of temperature stress and pest infestations. Check the soil moisture and give it a generous drink, if needed. Be sure to mist regularly, create a pebble tray, or add a humidifier nearby to give it a tropical, humid environment.
DROOPING, LIMP LEAVES
Drooping leaves are common when your plant is under or overwatered, while adjusting to an environmental change, pest and fungus infestation, or when your plant needs a bigger pot. Check the soil moisture and read above to assess its environment.
Philodendron's will see stunted growth under low lighting, poor nutrition, and without climbing support. Provide a pole or stick for your plant to attach to while it's growing or after it has developed aerial roots.
- New growth starts out a bright neon but will deepen in color when provided with bright, indirect light
- This plant is a natural climber, wrapping its roots around tree trunks in the rainforest. Keep it happy with climbing support such as a coco coir pole or wooden stick. In its early years, it will need to be trained to climb by gently attaching it to the stake with garden velcro or twine.
- Aerial roots are above-soil roots that are used to attach, absorb nutrients, and climb. As the plant matures, aerial roots grow longer. Let them hang, tuck them into the pot, or trim them back.
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