Philodendron Burle Marx Variegated

Philodendron Burle Marx is a relatively hardy and it can thrive in many different conditions. This houseplant prefer bright light but not direct sunlight and can withstand low light. 


Burle Marx Variegata or Philodendron Burle Marx Variegated is one of our favorite variegated philodendrons with leaves that vary in color from all yellow white and green, even the vines on these extremely variegated plants are either yellow or striped with green. Though Philodendron Burle Marx Variegated is actually a climbing variety it can maintain its bushy form by simply trimming it back once or twice per year. These are very healthy tropical plants with well established root systems.


Philodendron Burle Marx Variegated are very easy to grow tropical plants that require little care indoors or out. Many species of Philodendron can be grown as houseplants, or outdoors in mild climates. They thrive in moist soils with high organic matter and grow best when provided with filtered sunlight. Philodendron plants can be grown in pots, hanging baskets or outdoors as a landscape plant. Indoors plants thrive at temperatures between 22°- 28°c and in lower light conditions than other house plants. 


In the ground philodendrons get big and are often unrecognizable from their potted juvenile state. They add a wonderfully tropical accent to any well-lit space or cascading from your favorite planter. 


When you receive your new Philodendron, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a container with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch or dried sphagnum moss to keep your plant standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Philodendron.

A good soil mix is one that is light, open and airy, so the chance of overwatering can be reduced. A moisture meter will help but of course using your finger to test works too! A good mix consists of the following ingredients in equal parts:

  • Compost mix (substitute: organic potting mix) - food for your plant and added moisture retention.

  • Peat moss (substitute: coconut coir) - moisture retaining but light

  • Pumice (substitute: perlite) - Provides drainage and slowly releases water back to the plant adding minerals that differ depending on the site the pumice was mined.

  • Charcoal (substitute: Orchid bark) - provides draining and increases the surface area of the soil so the soil can dry, won’t compact, prevents the mix becoming hydrophobic. Charcoal absorbs excess water from the roots of your plant and keeps the soil “sweet” by guarding against bacteria, fungus and rot. It also helps to eliminate odours, and is particularly effective in terrarium


Keep an eye on the moisture levels of the soil. Rot is a process that happens very quickly so your soil needs to be drying out quickly enough and not staying wet.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Philodendron Burle Marx Variegated

Help! The edges of my Burle Marx Variegated are turning brown.

  • This could either be a result of too little light or salt build up in the water. Because the white portion of this plant's leaves contain no chlorophyll, they cannot aid in photosynthesis. Therefore the Burle Marx Variegated requires a higher light location than a non variegated Burle Marx. In addition, this variety is sensitive to salt buildup, so it’s best to let your tap water sit out uncovered for 24 hours before you water the plant. Many of the minerals and chemicals will evaporate and stop brown tips from occurring.


Help! My Burle Marx is turning yellow!

  • If your leaves are turning yellow, there are many things that could be causing it. First, try to ensure that your Burle Marx is receiving the proper water and light. Yellowing can often be the first sign of overwatering. If you eliminate these as possibilities, then there is a chance that your Burle Marx might be rootbound and needs to be potted in a larger pot. You can tell if it is rootbound once the non-aerial roots become exposed above the topsoil and seem to be swirling around the pot, searching for a new home. Most Burle Marx need to be repotted up a size roughly every 1-2 years.


How fast will my plant grow?

  • The growth of your plant depends on its access to light and water. In ideal conditions, with bright indirect light and consistent moisture, Burle Marx can grow 3-4 feet per year. Keep in mind that the Burle Marx's natural growth pattern is to spread wide rather than reach tall. Try staking your plant to encourage vertical growth.


My Burle Marx has gotten way too big. What can I do?

  • Prune it back! These guys are very hardy and can handle a good trim. You can also train your Burle Marx to grow whichever way your heart desires by using moss poles, stakes and ties.


Can I put my Burle Marx next to the AC / heater?

  • Variegated Burle Marx are tropical plants that appreciate a humid environment. If conditions are too dry they will drop their leaves. While Burle Marx will thrive in an air conditioned apartment, always avoid putting them in the direct line of fire for either AC or heating units. If their leaves are wagging from the air, it’s best to find another spot.


How often should I fertilize my plant?

  • In general, house plants will thrive when they are fertilized spring through fall. Fertilize once a month with an organic houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions for dilution and administration. The Plant Concept uses HB101, both the granules and liquid version, HB101 granules is a slow release fertilizer to be sprinkle on/in the soil, HB101 liquid version can be used weekly or bi monthly by adding 1 drop to 1 litre of water. 


How often does my plant need to be repotted?

  • For larger floor plants, we suggest repotting every 18-24 months. Typically you want to choose a pot size of 2”- 4” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plants roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same pot, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Spring or summer is the ideal time to repot as the plant is at its strongest.


Happy planting and I hope you enjoy your newest addition! Any other questions in regard to care please add in the comments or message me and I will endeavor to answer asap.