Philodendron Paraiso Verde
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Philodendron Paraiso Verde Care

One of my favorite plants, I have a few of these at home and I propagate them for sale too, I run down all you need to know about philodendron paraiso verde care

Philodendron Paraiso Verde Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly, water if top half of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:OK not to feed but if you do, a balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:A well draining potting mix with 20% perlite. 
Temperature:14-30°C (57-86°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.
Common issues:Overwatering.


This plant is a true statement plant, an absolute show stopper with it’s long elegant leaves of mottle green and mint green, it’s one of my favorites for sure.

See also: Philodendron Paraiso Verde Propagation, Philodendron Paraiso Verde Reverted, Philodendron Burle Marx Care.

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Light Needs

Medium to bright indirect sunlight is best to bring out that beautiful minty mottling color. They mustn’t be allowed to burn in direct sunlight, other than that give them as much as you can.

Tip: give it as much light as possible without direct sunlight, to encourage the strongest variegation patterns.

How Often to Water

Let the top half of soil dry out before watering again, test it with your finger once a week. You must not overwater it, they really hate to sit in soggy soil. If in doubt, do not water it.

At watering time, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for pests like Fungus Gnats.


They’ll be fine without fertilizer, and should grow well regardless. But you can use a well diluted balanced feed once a month in summer.

Philodendron Paraiso Verde
Some of my paraiso verde cuttings in leca. For more on propagation see: Philodendron Paraiso Verde Propagation


A well draining soil with plenty of perlite is ideal to avoid problems with root rot than can occcur with soggy wet soil.

For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot

Repot once a year in spring, pot it up a size if root bound and make sure you refresh the soil.


Give your paraiso verde 50-70% humidity, which means upping the normal household humidity level (30-50%). The ideal way to do this is with a humidifier.

Tip: Get a humidity meter to monitor the temperature and humidity (they give maximum and minimum read outs so you know if they are falling off at night). They’re really cheap these days, under 10 euros / dollars.


14-30°C (57-86°F) is ideal for a paraiso verde, so they should be fine in most homes as long as they do not get cold draughts in winter.

Philodendron Paraiso Verde Propagation

The best way to propagate this plant is to cut off a stem cutting. One node and one leaf. The nodes are close together so be careful not to damage the other nodes, you’ll need a sharp but thin blade.. Then let the cutting’s wounds seal over for an hour or so. You can then pot it up in soil or moist moss. Keep it warm, humid and in indirect sunlight, and it will root over the next couple of months and should start new growth after that.

We go into more detail on on propagating philodendrons, in our guide here: How To Propagate Philodendron.

Philodendron Paraiso Verde Price

At the time of writing they can go from $45 in the USA for small plant to over $100USD for bigger plants with the best variegation. They go for similar prices in Europe

paraiso verde cuttings
Some of my paraiso verde cuttings before putting them in water. For more on propagation see: Philodendron Paraiso Verde Propagation

Philodendron Paraiso Verde Origin

The Paraiso Verde grows naturally in the wild in the West Indies and Central America.

Is It A Climbing, Crawling Or Self-Heading Philodendron?

The Philodendron Paraiso Verde is a climbing philodendron.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

They are toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and numbness. So seek vets advice immediately if your pet eats any.

Philodendron Paraiso Verde USDA Zone

They can grow outdoors year-round in zones 9b-11.

Philodendron Paraiso Verde Reverted

The variegation is very light dependent on a philodendron paraiso verde so it does revert sometimes. The good news is that if your plant is not putting out variegated leaves just move it closer to the window or grow light. It likes bright light but not full on direct sun. You can also cut the new non-variegated leaves back to the node to encourage them to grow again with variegation.

For more on this see our full guide: Philodendron Paraiso Verde Reverted.

paraiso verde cuttings in water
Some of my paraiso verde cuttings in water. For more on propagation see: Philodendron Paraiso Verde Propagation

Philodendron Paraiso Verde Vs Jose Buono

The paraiso verde has bigger leaves and a more irregular boarder shaper to its leaves. It’s has a mottled green variegation. The jose buono is smaller, with cleaner edges to the leaves, and bigger white patches to its variegation. Although similar in some ways these two philodendrons are easy to tell apart.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.

For more on philodendrons see our philodendron category with all our philodendron care guides.

Other Names

Marina Ruy Barbosa plant. Philodendron Paraiso Verde Variegata.

The philodendron paraiso verde scientific name is: Philodendron ‘Paraiso Verde’.

Philodendron Paraiso Verde Care FAQs and Common Problems

Overwatering is the biggest killer of this plant, do not water it if the top 50% of soil is wet, and don’t let it stand in water or wet soil.

Why Is My Paraiso Verde Turning Green?

They can revert (lose its variegation) due to too much or too little light. Try to give it medium indirect sunlight, and definitely avoid direct sun or really low light.

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