How to Grow and Care for Philodendron Bernardopazii
If you want to add a rare Philodendron with a unique look to your collection of houseplants, the Philodendron bernardopazii might be a good choice. Both aroid collectors and Philodendron fans love this tropical plant because it grows and has large, arrow-shaped leaves.
Many people do not grow these beautiful plants, so it can be hard to find them. Let’s just say this isn’t a houseplant you’re likely to find at your local nursery or garden center. If you want to buy a Philodendron bernardopazii, you will probably need to find a store that sells rare aroids or imports. As with other plants in the Philodendron family, the bernardopazii is dangerous if eaten by people or animals.
Philodendron Bernardopazii Care
Even though the Philodendron bernardopazii is hard to find, it is surprisingly easy to take care of. If you already know how to take care of other climbing aroids, it shouldn’t be hard to grow this Philodendron at home. To help your plant grow as quickly and healthily as possible, it’s a good idea to give it a moss pole or some other type of trellis that its aerial roots can grab onto as it grows. This will cause the leaves to get bigger and look better, and the plant will grow faster.
The Philodendron bernardopazii is a hemiepiphyte that grows in the understory of forests, where it climbs trees and other plants. So, it is used to get light that has been filtered. This plant should be kept in a place that gets several hours of bright, indirect light when grown indoors. Some sun in the morning and evening is usually fine, but don’t let your bernardopazii get direct sun in the afternoon when the sun’s rays are the strongest, or the leaves will get burned.
This plant grows best in a rich mix of rich soil with holes. Ideal and easy to make at home is a mix of equal parts indoor potting soil, perlite, and orchid bark mix.
Generally, you should water this Philodendron when the top half of the soil is dry. During the spring and summer, when the weather is warmer and the plant grows quickly, you may only need to water it once or twice a week. In the fall and winter, you might only need to water it once every two weeks. You can use your finger or a more accurate tool like a moisture meter to check how wet the soil is.
4. How Hot And Wet It Is
Philodendron bernardopazii grows naturally in the warm, humid tropical rainforests of Brazil. It does well indoors at normal temperatures and humidity levels, but its growth will take off if you give it some extra humidity. These plants can’t handle temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius) for long periods, so they shouldn’t be left out in the cold for too long. The Philodendron bernardopazii can survive in USDA zones 10–12. If you live outside of these areas and want to move your plant outside for the spring and summer, bring it back inside before the fall temperatures drop.
Once a month, use a balanced liquid fertilizer made for houseplants during the growing period. To avoid fertilizer burn, it’s best to mix the fertilizer with a little bit of water. Stop fertilizing in early fall, and don’t do it again until spring.
Philodendron Bernardopazii Comes in Many Forms
This Philodendron is also known as the Philodendron bernardopazii narrow form, which is different from the standard P. bernardopazii. As the name suggests, the leaves of this type are thinner and longer than those of the original plant. It also needs the same care and looks almost the same.
Philodendron bernardopazii is sometimes pruned for looks or to keep it from getting too big, but it is unnecessary. If you want to prune your plant, the best time is in the spring or summer when the plant is actively growing. When you prune, use a pair of clean, sterilized pruning shears and save the pieces you cut off. They can be used to make new plants grow!
Propagating Philodendron Bernardopazii
The bernardopazii is easy to grow from stem cuttings, just like many of its climbing Philodendron relatives. This can be done in several ways, but water or sphagnum moss works the best. Remember that propagation should be done in the spring or summer for the best results.
1. Take a stem cutting from a healthy Philodendron bernardopazii with a pair of sharp, clean pruning shears or scissors. The stem of the cutting should have at least 2 to 3 nodes and no more than five nodes. It should also have at least one leaf, if possible.
2. Take off the bottom leaves of the cutting to show the stem. At least one leaf should be left at the top.
3. Put water or sphagnum moss in a glass or plastic container. If you’re using sphagnum moss, you’ll need to soak it for 15 to 20 minutes before you use it to get it back to its original state. When you put the moss in the container, it should be damp but not soaked, so make sure you squeeze it out. If you want water, just fill the container with clean, fresh water at room temperature.
4. Put the cutting in the container and ensure the bottom of the stem and at least one node are submerged in water or sphagnum moss. Put the container somewhere warm with bright indirect light. If you use water, ensure the container is always full and change the water once a week. Don’t let the sphagnum moss dry out if you are using it. It should stay moist all the time.
5. After a couple of weeks, you should start to see small white roots growing. You can move the plant to the soil when the roots are at least an inch long. Prepare a small pot with soil that drains well and is porous, and plant the cutting that has just started to grow roots.
6. Give the new cutting a lot of water and put it back in a warm, bright place.
7. Keep the soil evenly moist for the first one to two weeks to help the new roots get used to the soil. After that, you can go back to watering your plants on a regular schedule.
Putting Philodendron Bernardopazii In Pots And Repotting It
This Philodendron only needs a new pot when it has grown too big for its old one. This usually happens once every year to two years, depending on how fast your plant grows. Checking the roots is the easiest way to tell if your plant needs a new pot. It’s time to repot your plant if the roots are growing out of the drainage holes or if it looks like it has too many roots when you take it out of its pot.
The best time to repot a plant is in the spring or summer when it is actively growing, not in the fall or winter, when it goes to sleep. When it’s time to put your plant in a new pot, make sure the new pot is only a couple of inches bigger than the old one. If you move your plant too quickly into a pot that is too big, the extra soil will hold more water than the plant is used to. This could cause you to overwater your plant.
Pests And Common Plant Diseases
Spider mites and thrips seem to like this tropical plant, so look for signs of them. Philodendron bernardopazii can also get root rot if it gets too much water and doesn’t drain well. As with most Philodendrons, fungal leaf spots can happen, so keep an eye out for the first signs of this fungal disease.
Philodendron Bernardopazii Often Has Problems
Aside from a few common problems with indoor plants, this one is pretty easy to take care of. If your Philodendron has any of the following problems, it’s likely that something is wrong with its environment and needs to be fixed.
1. Leaves In Yellow
Like most plant parts, yellow leaves can signify more than one problem. Most of the time, it means that your plant is getting too much or too little water or not enough light. The only way to tell is to look closely at where it grows. Even a few days after you water, is the soil still wet? Or is it usually completely dry when you remember to water it? Is your plant near a bright window or a few feet away from the nearest natural light source? If you ask yourself these questions, you might be able to figure out the real problem.
2. Leaves Of Brown
When the leaves of a Philodendron bernardopazii turn brown, it’s usually because the plant isn’t getting enough water. Even though these Philodendrons can grow well in most homes, they might not do as well if they are near a draughty window or air vent that dries out the air. Try putting the plant in a slightly more humid place, like a bathroom or laundry room, or giving it a small humidifier and seeing if the problem goes away.
Is Philodendron Bernardopazii Rare
On a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is a heart-leaf Philodendron, and 10 is a Philodendron spiritus Sancti (the rarest Philodendron in the world), the Philodendron bernardopazii would be about a 6. It is rare and hard to find, but it is more common than some rare varieties, like the Philodendron spiritus Sancti, and it costs less, too!
How Fast Does The Philodendron Bernardopazii Grow?
If the conditions are right, this Philodendron is thought to grow at a moderate to fast rate. Outside, it can grow up to 15 to 20 feet tall, but inside, it usually can’t get much taller than 8 feet (mostly because of people’s ceilings!).
Is The Philodendron Bernardopazii The Same Plant As The Philodendron Superbum?
The difference between the Philodendron bernardopazii and the Philodendron bernardopazii “superbum” or Philodendron superbum is something that people often get wrong. In reality, all of these names refer to the same plant. Before it was changed, P. bernardopazii was known as Philodendron superbum.