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Philodendron brandtianum

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: brandtianum

Synonym:Philodendron pictum

15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pniksch On Feb 27, 2013, pniksch from Frisco, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a plant for collectors who can give it a little extra pampering- that's why you probably won't find it anywhere near the big box stores. It needs a bit of extra care to look its best, including a warm environment- it can't take the cold that many other philodendrons do. Also, mine suffered from mites (once in the last 3 years), which I was able to eliminate with malathion. Having said that, it's an attractive climber, and I still think it's worth the effort.

I'm not sure that I agree that a plant deserves a 'negative' rating because it doesn't thrive outside during a zone 8 winter (see rating/comment below). That standard, applied to most tropicals and "houseplants", would disqualify them from due consideration. A bit harsh, I think!

Negative texvette2 On Apr 26, 2011, texvette2 from Anderson, TX wrote:

Outside our area is 8 so brought this plant for my enclosed
breezeway. It is sheltered 3 sided by the house.
This winter was unusually cold it got down into the low
50's in there. The plant looked like it froze, leaves
became mushy, drip moisture, turned yellow and fell
off. The stems appear Ok. So this is a very tender
plant even if inside.

Neutral annlof On Feb 23, 2011, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

I was given a rooted cutting of this philodendron and planted it outside in my zone 10 shade garden in a very sheltered spot. In winter it experienced temps in the low 40s at night and didn't fare well at all. (The leaves turned yellow and fell off.) On a hunch that the roots were still alive, I dug them up and potted the plant and put it under fluorescent lights with my African Violets. I could almost hear this little vine sigh with relief and it's put out new foliage and seems to be thriving in a warm, humid indoor environment.

My conclusion: definitely a houseplant, even in zone 10.

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