Plant Identification – Philodendron “Jungle Boogie”

I lost the care instructions for this plant and don’t even know what kind it is. Can you help?



Your plant looks like a type of Philodendron hybrid called a “Jungle Boogie.”

Light: It can survive in low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron., but grows faster and looks better in medium light.

Water: Always allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering. Water less, allowing the soil to dry out a bit more, during the winter months.

Food: Fertilize monthly when the plant is actively growing with a balanced food diluted to ½ the recommended strength. If the plant is not producing new leaves, it doesn’t need any plant food.



Temperature: Philodendrons grow well in warm temperatures between 70°-85°F ( 21.1°-29.4°C)

Pot Size; Philodendrons like to be slightly root-bound and a little snug in their pot. When the roots have just about filled the container, move your plant to a new container that is a few inches larger than the existing one. The best time to re-pot your houseplants is in the late winter or early spring before they start to grow again after a winter rest.

Soil: Use a rich quick draining soil for all types of philodendrons; you may have to add a little sand to your usual soil mix if it appears too heavy.

All philodendrons contain calcium oxalate are very poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched, immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.  More poisonous houseplant information and pictures of common plants that are dangerous to children and pets can be found in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants plants.