Philodendron Burle Marx Care Guide

Looking for a rare and beautiful tropical houseplant to add to your indoor garden? Look no further than Philodendron Burle Marx!

The Philodendron Burle Marx plant is perfect for creating a big tropical atmosphere in any space, no matter how small. Its large, lush leaves will quickly cover the plant to transform your home into your very own indoor rainforest. Its large, lush leaves will quickly cover the plant to transform your home into your very own indoor rainforest. And as an added bonus, this beautiful plant works to filter harmful chemicals out of the air, making your home healthier and more vibrant. Keep reading to learn more about caring for your Philodendron Burle Marx, and watch your space transform into a lush, green paradise.

philodendron-white-knight plantHow to care for a Philodendron Imbe ‘Burle Marx’

Unlike some plants that require meticulous attention to thrive, this plant is relatively undemanding. It has moderate water requirements and does well in a variety of light conditions, making it a great option for those who may not have the perfect spot for a more demanding plant. One thing to keep in mind when caring for your Philodendron Burle Marx is that it is a quick grower. While this can be beneficial if you’re looking to fill an empty space quickly, it’s important to monitor the plant’s growth to ensure it doesn’t become too sprawling and overwhelming for your space.

Philodendron Burle Marx Care Guide

    Scientific NamePhilodendron imbe ‘Burle Marx’
    Common NamePhilodendron Burle Marx,Philodendron burle-marxii
    OriginRainforests of Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil
    Height of 1-2 feet
    SoilWell drain soil
    WaterWhen the soil dries deep two inches
    SunlightDiffused bright light
    Temperature Between 70 to 80 F / 21 to 26 C
    Humidity50 to 80%
    Toxic to Cats & DogsYes
    Hardiness zoneUSDA Zones 9b to 11
    Pestsspider mites,Aphids, mealybugs, scale
    DiseasesRoot rot

    Temperature, light &, and position


    Philodendron Burle Marx thrives in a temperature range of 64-79°F (18-26°C). To ensure optimal growth, maintain the temperature within this range. If the temperature drops below 60°F, the growth rate of the plant may slow down. However, the growth comes to a halt if the temperature dips below 50°F (10°C). It is crucial to keep the plant’s growing environment in check to promote its healthy development.

    Light requirements

    If you want your Philodendron Burle Marx to grow and develop in all its glory, it needs to be in a bright but indirect light environment. The plant can still survive in dimmer light, but it won’t reach its maximum potential. Unfortunately, exposing your plant to direct sunlight may damage the leaves and even leave burns or black marks. Even exposure to sunlight for short periods can cause yellowing and discoloration.


    For optimal growth, place your Philodendron in a north or east-facing window for indirect but bright light. This will allow your plant to thrive without being exposed to harmful direct sunlight.

    philodendron-white-knight plant Humidity Requirements

    To help your Philodendron Burle Marx thrive, it’s key to provide a humid environment, especially since it’s originally from Brazil. Humidity is essential for the moisture your plant needs to grow healthy.

    If your environment lacks enough moisture, don’t worry, there are simple ways to address this. The easiest way is to use a humidifier in the same room as your Philodendron, but this may not be accessible to everyone.

    Alternatively, you can mist your plant leaves with water to create humidity. However, this method requires measuring humidity levels to ensure your plant receives enough moisture.

    Our favorite method to increase humidity is the pebble tray method. To do this, fill a tray with pebbles and add water almost to the top, careful not to overtake the pebbles. Then, simply place your Philodendron’s pot on top, making sure it doesn’t touch the water. As the water evaporates, it releases moisture into the air around the plant.

    Although Philodendron Burle Marx plants can survive in low-humidity areas, they won’t thrive as well. However, they can’t live in completely dry environments. With the right care, your plant will flourish and add an infusion of tropical vibes to your home.

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    philodendron-white-knight plantFertilizing Philodendron burle-marxii

    During the growing season in spring and summer, we recommend using a liquid fertilizer on a weekly basis. But once the autumn and winter hit, reduce fertilization to once a month. You can choose to fertilize with a liquid or slow-release fertilizer, or even an all-purpose fertilizer at half-strength. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s high in nitrogen as this is essential for the plant’s leaf growth. One important thing to keep in mind is to water your Philodendron Burle Marx before fertilizing it. The soil needs to be moist – if it’s dry, fertilizing can damage the plant’s roots.

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    philodendron-white-knight plantWater requirement for philodendron burle marx plant

    To properly water a Philodendron Burle Marx plant, the goal is to maintain consistently moist soil. Avoid watering to the point of drenching the soil, but also be sure not to let it completely dry out.It is crucial to avoid over-watering your plant, as this can make it vulnerable to a variety of diseases, including the dreaded root rot we previously discussed. Unfortunately, other serious conditions can also occur from over-watering that can significantly damage your plant.

    However, during the winter months, it is advisable to allow the soil to dry out completely before giving your Philodendron Burle Marx plant its next watering. Remember to monitor the soil’s moisture levels closely, and your plant will thrive!

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    philodendron-white-knight plantBest Soil for philodendron burle marx

    For a thriving Philodendron Burle Marx plant, choosing the right soil is of utmost importance. The soil needs to be well-draining to prevent excess water from accumulating in the pot. When the soil becomes waterlogged, it blocks the supply of oxygen to the roots, and this can cause root rot.

    While the Philodendron Burle Marx doesn’t require organic soil, it thrives on organic materials. Sphagnum peat moss is an excellent choice because it provides ideal aeration that prevents waterlogging, while still retaining enough water for the plant’s hydration needs. A mix of 100% peat moss or 200% peat moss and perlite also works well. On the other hand, clay and clay-like materials aren’t recommended as they don’t hold enough water for the plant.

    It’s also important to note that the soil’s pH should be between 5.6 and 6.5, which is mildly acidic. By choosing the right soil for your Philodendron Burle Marx, you can ensure your plant thrives and remains healthy.

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    philodendron-white-knight plant Potting & re-potting Philodendron Burle marx

    If you have a Philodendron Burle Max plant and notice that its roots are compact and formed into a ball, this indicates that it is time to re-pot. In such a condition, the roots cannot grow or stretch out any further due to the lack of enough space. To ensure proper growth, it is best to re-pot the Philodendron Burle Max before the growth season begins. That way, you can repot it before any new growth occurs. When re-potting the plant, consider choosing a new pot that is only slightly larger than the original one, about two to three inches bigger is ideal.

    philodendron-white-knight plantPropagating Philodendron Burle marx

    If you’re looking into propagating your Philodendron Burle Marx, you’ll be happy to know that it’s just as easy as propagating other plants. You have a couple of methods to choose from, but if you’re new to this, we suggest sticking to the basic method of stem cuttings and soil.

    Stem cutting method

    • To start, you’ll need a stem cutting between two and four inches in length.
    • Cut right below a leaf node with sterilized pruning shears that have been cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.
    • Curing the stem cutting is the next step by allowing it to sit in a warm room for seven to ten days.
    • After the cutting has been cured, it’s time to prepare the soil and plant pot.
    • Sphagnum peat-moss is the preferred soil, and having drainage holes in the pot is crucial.
    • Once everything is ready, the stem cutting can be planted and will need to be regularly watered and fertilized like the mother plant.
    • After a month or so, the cutting will take root.

    Air layering method

    If you want to try a different method, air layering may be the way to go.

    • To begin, you’ll need to sterilize a knife with isopropyl alcohol.
    • Then, cut a two-inch length by two-inch depth into the plant stem.
    • Take a toothpick and push it through the wound to keep it open.
    • Moistened sphagnum peat moss is then rubbed onto the wound, and a string is tied around the stem and peat moss to hold it in place.
    • Plastic wrap is then wrapped tightly around the wound and stem.
    • Once the roots are approximately three inches long, the plant can be removed from the mother plant, and the plastic wrap can be removed very carefully.
    • The new plant should be planted under the soil so the roots can continue to expand, and it should be treated like the mother plant.

    With these simple steps, you can watch a beautiful Philodendron Burle Marx grow from the exciting process of propagation.

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    philodendron-white-knight plantIs Burle marx plant toxic to pets?

    It is important to note that if this particular plant is consumed, it may cause irritation to the mouth and esophagus. As such, it is highly advised to keep it out of reach of both children and pets.

    philodendron-white-knight plantPests, Diseases & Leaves Problems With Philodendron Burle marx

    Leaves becoming yellow or brown

    Brown or yellow leaves on your Philodendron Burle Marx plant can have various causes, including overwatering and lack of humidity. However, if the soil is not too wet, built-up salt in the soil may be the culprit. To fix this, flush the soil occasionally by watering slowly and letting the water drain out through the pot’s holes.

    Falling Leaves

    When your Philodendron Burle Marx starts losing leaves, it’s a clear indication that it’s being overwatered. To prevent root rot and oxygen deprivation, it’s recommended to water the plant only when the top two inches of soil are dry. This practice will help maintain optimal soil moisture and ensure the healthy growth of your plant.

    Wilting Leaves

    If you have noticed that the leaves of your Philodendron Burle Marx plant are droopy and wilting, it is likely that your plant is not getting enough water.

    Brown Spots

    To identify and treat brown spots on your plant’s leaves, it’s important to determine whether it’s caused by a bacterial or fungal disease. If left untreated, these diseases can cause significant damage to your plant. For more information on how to effectively treat these issues, check out our article.“How To Treat Leaf Spot On Philodendron? (Causes & Treatment)” and


    Another issue you may face is pests. Two common examples are mealybugs and thrips. If you discover either of these pests, don’t worry. Insecticide soap is a great option to effectively get rid of them. However, if you prefer to go chemical-free, neem oil is an advantageous alternative that can help with the issue.


    If you’re a philodendron Burle Marx plant owner who notices your plant struggling, root rot may be the culprit. This occurs when you’ve given your plant too much water. To confirm this is the issue, gently remove the plant from its pot and examine the roots. If you see any signs of dark and mushy spots, be sure to trim them off and repot your plant.

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    Variegated Philodendron Burle Marx

    Here’s a possible paraphrased version of the text: The Philodendron Burle Marx variegated is a plant variety that displays stunning leaves with yellow and white coloring, while still being affordable and appealing to plant lovers.

    Taking care of this plant is similar to caring for its regular green version, but with a few differences to keep in mind. To keep your Philodendron Burle Marx variegated healthy, it needs bright indirect light, at least 60% humidity, well-draining soil, and temperatures between 64-79°F (18-26°C).

    Unlike green plants, variegated plants require more light to thrive since they have less chlorophyll in their leaves, which is essential for photosynthesis. To ensure your Philodendron Burle Marx variegated stays healthy and beautiful, it’s best to place it in a bright spot, preferably near a window facing east or west.

    Other varieties of Philodendron plant

    There are numerous varieties out there worth considering. Here are some cool Philodendron plants that you may want to check out:

    Philodendron hederaceum: If you want an indoor plant that is easy to grow and maintain, then you should definitely try the Philodendron hederaceum. It has green and yellow leaves and does not require a lot of attention.

    Philodendron goeldii: The shape and hanging leaves of the Philodendron goeldii make this plant a standout. When the leaves group together, they create the appearance of little trees.

    Philodendron x evansii: The Philodendron x evansii is a hybrid plant with large and lobed leaves. You’ll need plenty of space in your home to care for this one.

    Philodendron x wilsonii: A hybrid Philodendron, is a must-consider plant for any enthusiast. Its attributes include large, yet slender, heart-shaped leaves, a trait also found in the Philodendron Burle Marx.

    Philodendron Speciosum: This plant boasts a distinctive and rare combination of white spadix and pink spathes, making it a must-have for those looking for something truly special.

    Philodendron Brasil: a vine-type plant that features stunning variegated leaves in a range of eye-catching colors. This plant is sure to enhance the visual appeal of any indoor or outdoor space and is an excellent choice for those looking to add some greenery to their living areas.

    philodendron-white-knightFrequently Asked Questions:

    What is a Philodendron Burle Marx plant?

    Philodendron Burle Marx is a type of indoor houseplant that’s known for its big, glossy leaves and beautiful foliage.

    Can I grow Philodendron Burle Marx in water?

    Yes, Philodendron Burle Marx can propagate in water. Cut off a portion from the plant and submerge its cut end into a jar of water. Replace the water every few days and wait for the roots to develop, then transfer it to a pot with soil.

    Is Philodendron Burle Marx a pet-friendly plant?

    No, Philodendron Burle Marx is not a pet-friendly plant it contains toxic elements, so keep it away from pets.

    How often should I repot Philodendron Burle Marx?

    Repot your Philodendron Burle Marx every two to three years when it outgrows its current container, preferably during the spring season.

    How can I clean Philodendron Burle Marx’s leaves?

    Dust your Philodendron Burle Marx’s leaves using a soft cloth or sponge, or give them a gentle shower of lukewarm water. Avoid using any commercial leaf shine, as it can clog the pores and harm the plant’s growth.

    Where can I place my Philodendron Burle Marx plant?

    They prefer bright, indirect light, so it’s best to place them near a north or east-facing window. Make sure to keep them away from any drafty areas or direct sunlight, as this can harm the plant.

    How big do Philodendron Burle Marx plants get?

    It can grow up to three feet tall and wide, making them an ideal choice for those looking for a larger houseplant. With proper care, they can grow quite quickly, so be sure to provide ample space for them to thrive.

    How can I prevent pests from infesting my Philodendron Burle Marx plant?

    To prevent pests like spider mites and mealybugs from infesting your Philodendron Burle Marx, be sure to regularly dust the leaves, keep the air in your home humid, and inspect new plants before introducing them to your collection.

    What should I do if my Philodendron Burle Marx plant’s leaves turn yellow?

    Yellow leaves on a Philodendron Burle Marx plant can be a sign of overwatering or underwatering. Check our detailed article on yellow leaves. Why Are My Philodendron Leaves Turning Yellow (Cause and Solution)