Left Continue shopping
Your Order

You have no items in your cart

You might like
Add to cart
Read more

Variegated Burle Marx: Care Guide

Variegated Burle Marx Philodendron 

Care Guide:

Variegated Burle Marx Philodendron leaves with green and yellow coloring

Philodendrons are one of the most popular houseplants because they are both low-maintenance and stunning, with around 400 different species to choose from. Rare varieties, such as the variegated Burle Marx, are particularly sought after by collectors.

The leaves of the philodendron plant are arrowhead-shaped and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. While some leaves may be solid green or yellow/cream, many feature a unique and intricate blend of both colors in a striking "splash" pattern.

When grown in optimal conditions, philodendrons can grow rapidly and produce multiple leaves each month. With their unique beauty and ease of care, it's no wonder that philodendrons have become such a beloved staple in the world of houseplants.

 Shop Variegated Burle Marx Philodendron here


Variegated Burle Marx is a beautiful plant that requires bright, indirect light to thrive. While it can tolerate lower light levels, doing so for an extended period can cause the plant's variegation to revert. So, it's essential to choose a bright corner in a room that receives plenty of sunlight but not direct light. Too much direct light can cause black or brown sunburn spots on the leaves, which can be unsightly.

Detailed photo depicting a Variegated Burle Marx Philodendron being cared for, highlighting watering, fertilizing, and pest control practices to ensure optimal growth and health.


Keeping your variegated Burle Marx well-hydrated is crucial to its health. Like other philodendrons, it prefers to have moist soil, but not soggy. Therefore, always ensure that the container you are using has a drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Remember, water stress can shock the plant, leading to drooping leaves and slow or stunted growth. To avoid this, check the soil regularly, and allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Overwatering is easier than under-watering, so it's crucial to get on a watering schedule that works best for your plant and your schedule.


Full moon variegation on a Burle Marx philodendron leaf


This tropical plant thrives in well-draining, slightly acidic soil that mimics its native rainforest habitat. A blend of peat moss, coco coir, and perlite provides the ideal balance of moisture retention and aeration, ensuring healthy root development and preventing waterlogged conditions that can lead to root rot. The porous structure of the soil mix allows excess water to drain away, preventing waterlogging and ensuring optimal oxygen levels around the roots. This ensures the roots don't suffocate. Additionally, the slightly acidic pH of the soil enhances nutrient availability, supporting vigorous growth and vibrant foliage.


To keep your Burle Marx healthy and growing, maintain a temperature of at least 60°F (15°C). Although, temperatures ideal for keeping this beauty at its best would be above 65°F. 

Image showcasing the ingredients for a perfect potting mix for Variegated Burle Marx Philodendron, including peat moss, coco coir, and perlite, providing ideal drainage and moisture retention.


Philodendrons thrive in high humidity environments. To ensure optimal growth and vibrant foliage, maintain humidity levels above 60%, especially in dry climates or heated indoor spaces. Daily misting or using a humidifier can help elevate humidity levels, promoting healthy leaf development and preventing issues like leaf browning or curling due to dry air. By providing the right humidity conditions, you can cultivate a lush and thriving Variegated Burle Marx Philodendron that adds a touch of tropical elegance to your home. 

If you live in a dry climate like us, during the cold and dry winter months, use a humidifier or place a pot of water on your stovetop and boil it for about 30 minutes daily.

Variegated Burle Marx Philodendron basking in bright, indirect sunlight, displaying its vibrant foliage with striking patterns of green and yellow, thriving in optimal growing conditions.


This philodendron variety requires a balanced supply of essential nutrients to support its growth and development, with nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) playing key roles in plant metabolism and overall health.

Nitrogen (N) promotes lush foliage growth and vibrant leaf coloration, while phosphorus (P) stimulates root development and flowering, and potassium (K) enhances overall plant vigor and disease resistance. However, excessive nitrogen can lead to rapid vegetative growth at the expense of flowering and root development, while phosphorus and potassium deficiencies can result in stunted growth and poor plant health.

To ensure optimal nutrient uptake and utilization, choose a balanced fertilizer with a N-P-K ratio of 10-10-10 or similar, providing equal proportions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Dilute the fertilizer to half strength to prevent nutrient burn and apply it every four to six weeks during the growing season, following the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

Keep in mind that Burle Marx Philodendrons grow in areas with low soil nutrient levels.

Close-up image of Variegated Burle Marx Philodendron, showcasing its lush, green foliage with intricate yellow and cream variegation, adding elegance to indoor spaces.


Burle Marx plants are generally low-maintenance. Inspect the plant regularly for pests and remove any yellow leaves. It's also recommended to size up the pot annually to provide enough space for the plant's growth. Aroids are sensitive to salt build-up in their pots from tap water or fertilizer, so regularly flushing the soil by allowing water to run out of the pot is crucial.

Monthly leaf shining with a neem oil-dampened paper towel can help remove pests and dust that may accumulate on the leaves.


Wilted leaves are a common issue with the variegated Burle Marx, indicating insufficient light. The lack of chlorophyll in the variegated leaves makes it harder for the plant to photosynthesize properly.

If leaves revert back to entirely green, it's another sign the plant isn't receiving enough light.

Common Pests:


Fungus gnats: To address fungus gnats, allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to discourage egg-laying. Additionally, incorporate beneficial soil organisms like nematodes or predatory mites to control larvae populations naturally.

Close-up photo of small black insects on soil, identified as fungus gnats, common pests in houseplants.

Spider mites: Combat spider mites by regularly showering the foliage with a gentle stream of water to dislodge and deter them. Introducing natural predators like ladybugs or releasing predatory mites can also help keep spider mite populations in check.

High-resolution image displaying tiny red or brown arachnids on leaf surface, indicating spider mite infestation, a common problem in indoor plants.

Thrips: Control thrips infestations by pruning and removing affected leaves to reduce their numbers. Applying insecticidal soap or neem oil to the foliage can also effectively deter and eliminate thrips without harming beneficial insects.

Macro image showing tiny insects with elongated bodies and fringed wings, identified as thrips, known plant pests causing damage to leaves.


Yellow, black, or brown leaves, especially new leaves near the top of the plant, can signal overwatering. This is particularly true if the pot lacks a drainage hole, and the soil is easily waterlogged. If you suspect overwatering, immediately repot the plant into fresh, sterile soil with good drainage. Cut off any black, mushy roots. To bring oxygen to the roots, use a diluted hydrogen peroxide mixture (1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water) to water the plant. This will also help reduce the risk of bacterial and viral infections.

Read more care guides here

Shop all plants here


beautiful plant,good article about Philodendron Burle Marx Variegated ,i like it,thanks

Leave a comment