Philodendron Jungle Boogie Plant Care – Light, Water & Propagation

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie is also called the Jungle Boogie Plant. It is a rare hybrid that is sought after. And best known for its long, narrow leaves with zigzag or saw-toothed edges.

The shape of its leaves make it unique. But it also makes the plant easily confused with a few other Philodendrons with similar looking jagged edged leaves. These include the:

However, if you look at all these plants closely, you’ll easily notice the difference between them by focusing on the width of the leaves and their colors.

For its part the Philodendron Jungle Boogie has a narrower look with all-green foliage which distinguishes it from the others.

How do you care for the Philodendron Jungle Boogie? The plant enjoys medium to bright, indirect light. It thrives in warm, humid environments and moist soil.

But avoid getting the soil wet or soggy as it is prone to overwatering and potentially root rot.

Thus, allow the soil to partially dry between waterings and use well-draining soil to prevent this.

Philodendron Jungle Boogie Plant Care

Light Requirements

Philodendron Jungle Boogie grows best in medium to bright, indirect light. Although it will tolerate low light and do okay there as well.

The biggest difference between keeping the plant in a well-lit location and low light is growth. The less light the plant gets, the slower it will grow. This is likewise the case for new leaves and the size of the leaves.

That said, the think you want to watch out for with the Philodendron Jungle Boogie is extremes.

Avoid very low light, dim, or dark locations. While the plant will survive low light, there’s a point where light becomes insufficient. This causes very slow or even stunted growth.

The plant will likewise become leggy and won’t produce many leaves. And the leaves that emerge will be very small as well.

That’s because the plant relies on light to produce energy which it uses to grow.

On the other hand, too much light is likewise bad. That’s because it not only can turn the leaves yellow or bleach them, if the light exposure is too intense it can burn the leaves.

As such, try to keep things in the middle.

Medium to bright, indirect light is ideal. Avoid dark locations as well as very strong, direct sunlight.

As far as positioning your plant indoors, an eastern, western or northern exposure work well. Avoid leaving it too close the window facing south since that direction gets the most intense sunlight.

Outdoors, partial shade is best. Keep the plant away from full sun especially during mid-day or summertime.

 

Temperature

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie is a tropical plant. As such, it enjoys temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It also grows best in warm weather.

This is because the plant is accustomed to consistently warm to hot weather throughout the year in the tropics.

That said, the plant lives in the jungle where it is shaded by the larger trees and plants. Thus, it prefers moderate to warm temperatures.

Although, it does not have a problem with temperatures reaching 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

But the opposite is not true.

Since there are no winters in the tropics, the plant has very low tolerance to the cold. It is not cold hardy and will struggle when temperature drops under 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Therefore, avoid anywhere that can get this cold.

Indoors, you want to watch out for air conditioners and windows where cold drafts can enter. Also keep the plant away from areas in your home where the temperature can suddenly drop significantly at night.

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie’s low tolerance to the cold also means that it is important to bring the plant indoors around fall. Don’t keep it outdoors through winter as it will die out there.

Instead, move it to a warm, cozy spot indoors.

The only exception to this is USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11 which the plant loves. Here, it can stay outdoors all year because the weather stays warm throughout.

These are the southern coastal states including California, Texas, Florida and a few more.

 

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Humidity

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie prefers humidity of 50% and above. Ideally, it enjoys 60% to 80% humidity the most. And if you can give it this environment consistently, it will grow its best.

That said, it is worth noting that the plant can tolerate lower humidity. But try to keep it at 40% and higher. Although from experience, it can take humidity in the mid 30s without any harm or issues.

Avoid humidity that’s too low like that below 30%.

This will cause its leaf tips and edges to turn brown as they will dry up and get crispy.

If you live somewhere with dry air, it is a good idea to get a humidifier.

Of course, if you prefer to do something free, you can mist the plant or create a humidity tray. I prefer the latter (or a pebble tray) since it is more hand-off and requires less maintenance.

You can also group your Philodendron Jungle Boogie with your other plants to increase humidity around them.

 

How Often to Water Philodendron Jungle Boogie

Watering is the one thing you want to watch out for because the plant is fairly tolerant of the other things. However, this is one aspect where you sometimes don’t get a second chance.

The reason I say this is that the plant is susceptible to overwatering.

And consistently overwatering the plant or letting it stay overwatered for a long period of time can result in root rot.

If root rot is not addressed early, it end eventually kill your plant as the roots will be unable to absorb water or nutrients.

As such, avoid overwatering at all costs.

The best way to do this is to wait until the soil has partially dried before watering again.

I like to wait until 50% of the soil has dried out before adding more water. I test this by using a wooden chopstick or stick and insert it all the way down until the stick hits the bottom of the pot.

When you take out the stick, the wood will tell you until where the soil is still moist as it will be wet below that level. This lets you know until where the soil has dried.

Of course, you can use a moisture meter if you enjoy using gadgets. This will tell you straight up if the soil is dry, moist or wet.

The reason I like relying on the soil to tell me how much moisture it has is because it will automatically adjust based on the seasons.

In the summer, the soil will dry faster due to more sun and the heat. So, I’ll end up watering more regularly without having to remember anything.

In the winter, the soil takes longer to dry because of the cold weather and lack of light. Again, the stick method will automatically allow you to adjust your watering schedule.

 

Philodendron Jungle Boogie Potting Soil

Since the Philodendron Jungle Boogie is prone to overwatering, the best soil for it is rich, loose and well-draining.

This ensures that the soil will hold on to some moisture. But it will quickly drain the excess liquid.

By doing so, it helps you avoid overwatering and waterlogging.

In contrast, if you use a heavy soil, the substrate will hold on to too much of the water. This will eventually lead to waterlogging where the roots end up sitting in water for prolonged periods of time.

What happens is you increase the risk of root rot in this scenario.

Similarly avoid very sandy soil as this will drain the water too quickly leaving the roots void of water to drink.

To create the perfect soil mix for your Philodendron Jungle Boogie, it is important to have some ingredient to retain a bit moisture but also have enough drainage.

This is why I like to use this potting mix recipe for the Philodendron Jungle Boogie.

  • 1 part potting mix
  • 1 part perlite
  • 1 part orchid bark
  • ½ part charcoal

This gives you some moisture retention thanks to the potting mix. Meanwhile, the perlite, bark and charcoal improve drainage. And the charcoal and bark also make the soil chunky to allow good air circulation to the roots.

 

Fertilizer

The Jungle Boogie Plant will grow best when given fertilizer. But it only needs fertilizer when it is producing new leaves. Thus, only feed the plant during its growing season.

There’s no need to fertilize the plant during fall and winter as the cold weather causes its growth to significantly slow down.

You can use a balanced water soluble fertilizer. A 15-15-15 N-P-K blend works well. You can likewise go with a 10-10-10 if you wish.

Fertilizer and light are the two things that usually determine how fast your plant will grow provided the other aspects are okay. It won’t help to give if watering, humidity temperature and soil are incorrect.

Don’t forget to dilute the fertilizer to 50% the suggested strength each time you apply.

Other options to liquid fertilizer are slow-release fertilizer which comes in pellet form. You can also go with fish emulsion if you don’t mind the smell.

Fish fertilizer is more affordable. Plus it is organic so it does not leave the salts and excess minerals in the soil like synthetics do.

But if you use it, don’t apply it in a closed room. Otherwise, the room will smell fishy for a while. Instead, apply in an open area so the air will quickly move.

 

Pruning

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie usually grows to about 3 feet or so tall. Its long, narrow, zig zap leaves will make up most of the plant’s height and length to the sides.

The leaves will also get bushy which make the plant look amazing if you let it.

But as this happens, its spread will also increase and the leaves will bend outward to the sides. So, it does need some space.

For this reason, you may need to prune the plant every few months.

The main purpose is to limit its size and shape it a little bit.

Also, remove any brown, yellow and old leaves. If there are diseased leaves, immediately take them off as the infection can spread if you don’t.

In general, pruning is low maintenance with a bit of trimming once every few months.

 

How to Propagate Philodendron Jungle Boogie

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie is commonly propagated from stem cuttings.

This makes it fairly straightforward since stem cuttings grow quite quickly and will result in a clone of the parent plant. Best of all, you can do it at home. And it is free.

Here’s how to propagate Philodendron Jungle Boogie from stem cuttings.

  • Take healthy stem cuttings from the parent plant. You can take one or multiple cuttings depending on how many new plants you want to grow.
  • Choose cuttings with at least one node and 2-3 leaves. The node is crucial as the new plant won’t propagate without one.
  • To cut, sterilize a pair of scissors or pruning shears. Use rubbing alcohol. Then, cut the stem cleanly just under the node.
  • You can propagate the stem cutting in water or in soil. Both work very well.

To propagate the Philodendron Jungle Boogie in water,

  • Place the cutting in a glass container with the nodes submerged in the liquid. Remove any leaves that end up in the water as they will rot after a while.
  • Change the water every 1-2 weeks.
  • Keep the cutting in bright, indirect light with good humidity.
  • In about 3-4 weeks, you should see roots develop. Wait until the roots reach more than 2 inches.
  • Then transfer the cuttings from water and plant them into a pot with well-draining soil.

To propagate the Philodendron Jungle Boogie in soil,

  • You will directly plant the cutting into soi.
  • Before you do, I like to dip or rub the cut end of the stem with rooting hormone. While optional, this helps speed things along.
  • Plant the cutting into the soil making sure the nodes are buried.
  • Water the soil and keep it moist. Avoid leaving the soil wet and soggy.
  • Place the pot in a warm spot with indirect light.
  • It takes about 4 weeks for the cutting to root.

When propagating in soil, you don’t need to repot the plant until it becomes root bound which will happen a few months later after shoots and some leaves have grown.

 

How to Repot or Transplant Philodendron Jungle Boogie

The best time to repot the Jungle Boogie Plant is spring or early summer. But you don’t need to repot it regularly.

Instead, only do so when the plant gets root bound. This usually takes 2 to 3 years to happen. Although, a lot will depend on how much light, fertilizer, humidity, temperature and water it gets.

In any case, the best way to tell when to repot is to check the bottom of the pot.

If there are roots coming out of the drainage holes at the bottom, it means the plant is root bound and needs repotting.

Move it to a container that is one size larger (about 2 inches bigger). Also replace the soil with fresh, well-draining potting mix.

 

Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie is toxic to humans, dogs and cats. It contains insoluble calcium oxalate crystals that are released when ingested. Therefore, avoid placing the plant in reach of young children and pets since they may accidentally chew or consumer the leaves of stems.

 

Philodendron Jungle Boogie Problems & Troubleshooting

Pests

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie has few problems with pests. It has natural resistance to them.

However, this only holds true if the plant is healthy. If the plant is regularly wet, weak, stressed or sick, it becomes prone to pests.

The most common ones are sap sucking insects like mealybugs, spider mites and aphids. All of which become very dangerous when they grow in number because they can cause significant damage then.

Therefore, try to catch them early.

You can use neem oil or insecticidal soap to remove the bugs.

 

Diseases

Diseases are also uncommon if the plant is well-cared for.

Unfortunately, disease and infection can happen due to man-made causes. Primarily this is due to overwatering.

Wetting the leaves too much and not allowing them to dry fast enough can result in bacterial or fungal leaf infections.

Similarly, overwatering the plant or using heavy soils lead to waterlogging which ends up in root rot.

Therefore, being mindful of watering is the best way to prevent disease.

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