The key to philodendron brandtianum care is to not over water it…
Philodendron Brandtianum Care Summary
|Light needs:||Indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if top half of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A general purpose feed once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A well draining and potting mix with a fifth perlite.|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Root rot, leaf browning, overwatering.|
The philodendron brandtianum is a beautiful climbing philodendron known for it’s small heart-shaped silver leaves.
Philodendron Brandtianum Light Needs
As always, indirect sunlight is ideal: as bright as possible without direct sun. So a good spot is a south facing window, but at the side away from direct sunlight.
How Often to Water
Check the plant once a week in winter and twice a week the rest of the year, but only water it if the top half of soil is dry. When you water a philodendron do not drench it, but slowly pour water on the surface until you get a few drips from the bottom.
Give it general purpose plant feed once a month in the spring and summer months.
You must use well draining soil and not just normal multi-purpose compost bought from a shop as it often too heavy and retains too much water. These plants mustn’t sit in heavy waterlogged soil as they can get root rot really easily. You should should mix in some perlite to aid drainage (about a fifth of the mix should be perlite).
Philodendron Brandtianum Propagation
The best way to propagate a philodendron brandtianum is with a cutting, follow these steps…
- Take a stem cutting with one leaf, and a branch, plus the node that it grows out of.
- Let the cutting heal for a couple of hours so that the wound callouses over.
- Then plant the cutting in sphagnum moss (you can use soil, water or leca too).
- Keep it moist, warm and humid for a month or so and you should see root growth.
- Once it starts growing foliage from the top you can pot it up.
Philodendron Brandtianum Wild Form
The philodendron brandtianum wild form aka the ‘philodendron brandtianum aff wild form’ is a larger form of the plant and tends to have a slightly different leaf pattern. The good news is that they have the same care needs, so just follow the care tips in this article.
When To Repot
I check my plant every about Easter time and pot it up a size if it needs it, then it will get the best opportunity for growth over the coming growing months.
50% humidity or more is ideal for a philodendron brandtianum. They’ll do well up to 60% or even 70%. I use a humidity meter, they are really cheap and you’ll easily be able to see if they get enough.
The ideal temperature for a philodendron brandtianum is 15-32°C (59-90°F).
Where To Buy
Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Silver Leaf Philodendron
Philodendron Brandtianum Vs Scindapsus
The brandtianum is sometimes mistaken for a scindapsus, as they are both silvery. The main difference is the leaf shape – they are both heart-shaped but the philodendron brandtianum is a more symmetrical drop shape, but the and scindapsus’s point at the end of the drop curls off to one side.
Philodendron Brandtianum Vs Sodioi
They both look similar when young, but as they get older the sodiroi will get much bigger leaves. For more on these two plants see our guide to the sodiroi.
Philodendron Brandtianum Vs Mamei
Although similar they can be told apart as the mamei has much bigger leaves when mature, and the brandtianum has a much more defined point at the end of its leaves.
Philodendron Brandtianum Care FAQs and Common Problems
Root rot and leaf browning are common issues and both relate to overwatering. This plant must not sit in soggy soil.
Is Philodendron Brandtianum Rare?
The Philodendron Brandtianum is for sale in many places, so it not so rare you can’t buy it, but it can go for 40 or 50 euros / dollars due to being in high demand.