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Philodendron ‘Burle Marx Fantasy’ Is a beautiful aroid from the personal collection of Roberto Burle Marx. It is thought to be one of many unnamed species collected by Burle Marx himself, but some believe the plant is a hybrid. It sports layers of green-grey foliage that are prominently veined with deep green. This is a slow growing house plant, but very easy to care for.
Light Needs Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy
Give them bright indirect sunlight, medium is ok too. No direct though.
How Often To Water
Check the soil weekly and water it if the top half is dry. They must not be overwatered as they get root rot easily, so do not be tempted to give them more if they don’t need it. Make sure there is not water left over in the saucer or external container after water as this can also lead to soggy soil and root rot. This is really important, they can get root rot easily.
Tip: the best advice I can give for philodendrons is do not let them sit in soggy soil. The soil should be well draining with plenty of perlite, and when you water it, the excess water should be able to run off, or just tip it out of the tray/saucer at the bottom of the pot. Don’t soak it with loads of water either, give it just enough so that water just about starts to drip out the bottom of the pot Then only water them when the soil is mostly dry. If in doubt, underwater them.
You can encourage growth by giving them a balanced feed every 3 or 4 weeks in the spring and summer.
Your philo burle marx fantasy wants a well draining medium as they can get root rot from sitting in wet soil. I would advise a mix of perlite and orchid bark with normal soil is a good idea. For more on making your own soil see our guide: Philodendron Soil.
When to Repot Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy
Check them early Spring time and repot if they’re root bound, or you can repot them in the same pot in any case, just to refresh the soil. You want to make sure the roots have plenty of space to grow over the forthcoming warmer months.
Tip: give them a moss pole or trellis to help them climb, keep them sturdy and to show off those impressive leaves.
Aim for 50-60% humidity or more, and they should thrive. You can use a humidity meter to monitor it, get one with maximum and minimum read outs on it so that you can see what it drops to at night.
Try to keep them in the range 18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) for the daytime and above 10°C (50°F) at night.
How to Propagate Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy
Take a stem cutting with one node and one leaf and root them in sphagnum moss. You can root them in soil, water or perlite too, but these tend to so really well in moss. They grow very slowly and moss seems to give them what they need: air and moisture at the roots. Use a clear cup so you can monitor root growth. Once it has established a good root system, which may take up to 3 months, you can then plant them up into soil and treat them as a juvenile plant, and give them a pole or trellis.
Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy Mature
It takes for the plant to mature and put out those characteristic leaves. Give it the best chance to grow well by giving it a moss pole to encourage leaf growth.
Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy Origin
It is from Brazil. It was first discovered by Roberto Burle Marx, the famous Brazilian landscape architect whom it is named after, he discovered the plant growing in his garden.
Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy Vs Burle Marx
They are very different philodendrons, named after Roberto Burle Marx, but with different characteristics. The Burle Marx has much bigger leaves, and has a popular variegated version. The fantasy has smaller, thin, tear-shaped leaves, which are much smaller and slender, it likes to climb up a moss pole too.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They are toxic to cats and dogs if eaten, causing vomiting and numbness. Seek vets advice if you think your pet has eaten any.
Philo burle marx fantasy. It’s scientific name is: philodendron ‘burle marx fantasy’. It is also sometimes miss-sold or miss-described on the internet as monstera and referred to as monstera burle marx fantasy, but it is a philodendron.
FAQs and Common Problems
They are really susceptible to root rot from over watering so be careful to only water it if the soil is mostly dried out.
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