How do you make a philodendron Burle Marx bushy?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

To make a Philodendron Burle Marx bushy, pruning is a key technique that can help promote compact growth and prevent legginess. Pruning involves cutting back the tall and leggy leaves to encourage new growth and maintain a fuller appearance.

When pruning your Burle Marx Philodendron, it is important to use sterilized pruning shears to prevent the spread of diseases or infections to the plant. You can easily sterilize your pruning tools by wiping them with rubbing alcohol or dipping them in a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water.

To begin the pruning process, examine your plant and identify the leaves that have become tall and leggy. These are the ones that are stretching out and may be causing your plant to appear sparse or unruly. Look for the leaf node or “bump” on the stem just above the leaf where new growth appears.

Using your sterilized pruning shears, make a clean cut just above the leaf node. It is essential to cut above the node because this is where the new growth will emerge from. Cutting too far below the node may result in a bare stem with no new growth.

By selectively pruning back these tall and leggy leaves, you are redirecting the plant’s energy towards new growth at the leaf nodes, resulting in a more compact and bushy appearance. Regular pruning can help maintain the desired shape of your Burle Marx Philodendron and prevent it from becoming too sparse or leggy over time.

In addition to pruning, other care practices can also contribute to a bushier Philodendron Burle Marx. Providing adequate light is important as it helps stimulate compact growth. Place your plant in a bright location with indirect sunlight, as too much shade can lead to elongated stems.

Regularly fertilizing your plant with a balanced houseplant fertilizer can also promote healthy growth. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for the appropriate dosage and frequency. A well-nourished plant is more likely to produce lush foliage and a bushier appearance.

Lastly, consider the pot size and soil conditions. If your Philodendron Burle Marx is in a pot that is too large, it may focus its energy on root growth rather than foliage. Repotting into a slightly smaller container can help redirect the plant’s energy towards leaf production. Additionally, ensure that the soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogged conditions that can hinder growth.

In summary, to make a Philodendron Burle Marx bushy, regular pruning is essential. By selectively cutting back tall and leggy leaves just above the leaf nodes, you can encourage new growth and maintain a compact and bushy appearance. Additionally, provide adequate light, fertilize regularly, and consider pot size and soil conditions to promote healthy growth.