Philodendron Jose Buono
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Philodendron Jose Buono Care

The key to philodendron jose buono care is to up the humidity and do not let the roots sit in soggy soil

Philodendron Jose Buono Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly, water if top half of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A high-in-nitrogen feed once a month in summer.
Soil:A well draining and rich potting mix. 
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.
Common issues:Overwatering, pests on leaves.


An all time favorite of mine, the jose buono is a head turner with it’s over sized leaves of mottled variegation…

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Light Needs

Medium to bright indirect sun light is great for a jose buono. Make sure they do not get any direct sun which can burn the leaves, especially the variegated parts.

How Often to Water A Philodendron Jose Buono

Check the plant once a week and only water it if the top half of soil is dry. And do not let the water sit in water. Avoiding root rot is important, as they are really susceptible to it. Do be really careful, and tip out any excess water after watering too.

Tip: underwater this plant rather than overwater it, they must not sit in soggy soil as they get root rot easily. Check the soil and only water if mostly dry, and make sure you don’t leave the pot sat in any excess water.


Feed it once a month in summer with a high nitrogen feed to encourage leaf growth. You can use a balanced feed too if you don’t have the other type.


A chunky and well draining but rich soil is ideal. It should have plenty of perlite for drainage. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot

Repot your jose buono in spring or earlier if it is root bound. Renew the soil and give it a bigger pot if needed. They are not super fast growers to be honest.


60% humidity would be an ideal amount for this plant, so spray it or get a humidifier to get the best out of it. At least keep it near other plants as they will make the area around them a bit more humid than the rest of the room.

Tip: get a humidity meter to monitor humidity in the drier months more easily as it can cause leaves to crisp up. You want to try to keep it at 60% or so in the day if you can.


14-27°C 57-81°F) is the ideal range. This plant will be at home in most homes. Try to keep them above 10°C (50°F) in the winter or at night.

How To Propagate Philodendron Jose Buono

You can propagate these plants relatively easily by taking a stem cutting at least one node and one leaf…

Follow these steps to propagate a jose buono:

  1. Take a stem cutting with at least one node and one leaf
  2. To reduce the chance of root rot, let the wound callous over for two hours until it is sealed.
  3. Put the cutting in wet sphagnum moss.
  4. Put the cutting in a warm place with plenty of indirect sunlight.
  5. Keep it humid by keeping it in a plastic box or bag with a little hole for air.
  6. Open the bag a few times a week to let the air out, and check that the moss is still damp.
  7. Wait for it to root well for a month or so, then pot it up into well draining soil.

After that you can treat it as a normal plant after that.

Philodendron Jose Buono leaf detail
Philodendron Jose Buono leaf detail

Philodendron Jose Buono Vs Imbe

These are easy to tell apart when mature as the imbe has rounded oblong leaves and whiter variegation. Although they look really similar, the

Philodendron Jose Buono Scientific Name

Philodendron ‘Jose Buono’. Sometimes it can also be referred to as the philodendron ilsemanii.

Is Philodendron Jose Buono A Climber Or Crawler?

It is a climbing philodendron.

Philodendron Jose Buono USDA Zone

Zones 9-11.

Philodendron Jose Buono Price

At the time of writing they are for sale on Etsy for about 80 USD in North America for a small one and about 100 euros in Europe for smaller plants. They go up in price for bigger ones.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.

Philodendron Jose Buono Care FAQs and Common Problems

Keep an eye out for pests on the leaves when watering the plant so you can nip any problems in the bud like aphids.
Make sure you do not over water it, the top 50% of soil should be allowed to dry out before watering again and it should not sit in water.

Does The Philodendron Jose Buono Have Stable Variegation?

The p. jose buono has been bred from cuttings and has a relatively stable variegation, making chances of reverting low.

Philodendron Jose Buono Vs Imbe

The philodendron imbe is an extinct plant, but sometimes the Jose Buono is sold as the imbe.

Philodendron Jose Buono Vs Paraiso Verde

The jose buono is a smaller plant with cleaner edges to it’s leaves, where as the edge of the paraiso verde’s leaves is more irregular. For more on these differences see our guide: Philodendron Paraiso Verde Care.

Philodendron Jose Buono Vs Domesticum

The philodendron Jose Buono and Philodendron Domesticum Variagata are separate plants, although they look very similar. The Jose Buono has longer leaves.

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