Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy Plant Care Guide

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Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy is a stunning houseplant with unique foliage. This is one of those plants that I thought was going to give me problems, but it’s been one of my easiest houseplants to take care of.

Here are the main things to know to care for Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy.

  1. Water. Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy need water when the top two inches of soil are dry. This is typically about once a week but depends on what kind of soil you use and how large your plant is.
  2. Light. Plant in bright indirect sunlight near a south, east, or west facing window. You can place this plant under grow lights like I do. I use T5 Barrina plant grow lights and keep them on for 12 hours each day.
  3. Fertilizer. Feed your Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy with a high quality natural or synthetic fertilize during the active growing season. Something like Dyna-Gro Grow works great for this plant.
  4. Humidity. This plant thrives in high humidity so aim to give Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy at least 50% humidity. You can do this by placing the plant next to a humidifier.

Make sure your Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy thrives with these plant care tips.

Light

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy love bright indirect sunlight.

A good spot for this plant would be a south, east, or west facing window that gets good sunlight. South facing windows get the brightest, longest, and most intense sunlight of the day which is important to know. I keep the majority of my plants in south facing windows because these windows get the most sunlight.

North facing is the exact opposite of south facing, which means that north facing windows get the weakest, least amount of sunlight. You can put plants in north facing windows (I do) but just know that your plants grow slower.

You can also place this plant under plant grow lights like I do. I use T5 Barrina plant grow lights and have them on a timer. I control the lights from an app on my phone. The timer turns the lights on at 7AM and off at 9PM.

Water

Water Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy when the top two inches of soil are dry. Check the soils moisture with your index finger or by using a moisture meter. I use both.

Place your finger about a knuckle deep into the soil. If the soil is dry, it’s time to give your plant a thorough watering. I feed my plants a high quality fertilizer every time I water my plants just to keep things easy.

Soil

It’s important to place your Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy in chunky soil. My plant is in a soil mixture containing coco coir, chunky perlite, and orchid bark.

You can also grow this plant in leca or lechuza pon, although I’ve never tried it.

Many Philodendrons love leca or lechuza pon so you’ll probably be successful in this growing medium. I grow a lot of my high maintenance plants in leca because I find they are way easier to manage since you always know when to water them. With leca and lechuza pon, there’s a reservoir mark and when it goes below that mark, you fill it back to the reservoir mark which is usually 1/3 of the glass container.

An easy chunky soil mix contains 25% orchid bark, 25% chunky perlite, 40% coco coir, and 10% worm castings.

Temperature

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy live in temperatures between 55°F and 85°F. These plants like to stay on the warmer side.

Fertilizer

Burle Marx Fantasy is a houseplant you want to feed a high quality fertilizer. Fertilizer gives your houseplants the nutrients they need to grow successfully in your home.

There are several fertilizer options to choose from including liquid-based fertilizer, granules, and natural sources like worm castings.

You generally don’t need to fertilize your plants in the winter time as your plants are resting. This gives them time to breath and reset. An easy fertilizer schedule to follow is once a month or every watering during the months of March-October.

If you decide to use a synthetic-based fertilizer, make sure to dilute the recipe in half since many fertilizers are strong and can hurt your plant if they receive too much.

A couple of great options for fertilizers/plant food is Dyna-Gro Grow and Liqu-Dirt.

Humidity

Burle Marx Fantasy need high humidity to thrive in the home. I keep my BMF in a DIY IKEA greenhouse cabinet I made. The humidity stays in the 40%-50% range with no humidifiers or misting needed.

You may notice that the increased humidity helps your BMF grow tall and get larger leaves. Humid conditions are highly beneficial for many plants including the BMF, so do what you can to increase the humidity.

Here are my best tips for increasing the humidity around your BMF.

  • Place the plant on a pebble tray filled with water
  • Place your plant next to a humidifier
  • Place your plant with other plants as this can help create a microclimate and raise humidity naturally

Propagation

Burle Marx Fantasy has nodes that make it easy to propagate and share with others. All you need to look for is a pointy dot on the stem of a BMF and cut right below it.

Then you will place this node submerged under water and forget about it for at least three weeks. Soon enough, your stem cutting will have roots and then you can transfer your cutting to whichever substrate you wish.

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy Common Questions

Is Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy rare?

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy is a rare plant. You cannot find this plant in big box stores like Lowes or Home Depot, and it’s often even rare to find this plant in plant stores. I bought my Burle Marx Fantasy from a local plant seller online.

How much is a Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy?

A Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy ranges in price depending on how tall the plant is or how mature the plant is (leaves are large vs. small). I bought my P. Burle Marx Fantasy for $45 for 4 medium to large leaves in early 2022. I believe the price has gone down since I bought my plant.

Is Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy hard to care for?

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy is not hard to care for. As long as you give this plant a decent amount of indirect sunlight each day, 50%+ humidity, and regular feeding of a high quality fertilizer, your plant will be happy.

I haven’t had any problems with my Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy.

Is Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy a fast grower?

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy is a slow to medium grower for me.

When I first got my Burle Marx Fantasy, the plant went through a transition phase from the growers house to my house. The plant didn’t grow a new leaf for a couple of months. Once the plant acclimated to my home, the plant started growing new leaves.

I’ve never seen anyone grow a Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy outside but you could depending on the growing conditions.

If you live in an area that is warm in the 70-80 degree F range and in the 50%+ humidity range, you could try growing this plant outside.

How big do Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy get?

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy get tall which is why it’s recommended to get a support pole or trellis. This plant gets at least a couple of feet tall in your house if given the right growing conditions. Burle Marx Fantasy leaves get large as well.

How do I make my Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy bigger?

You can make your Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy bigger by giving it the highest quality growing conditions.

Here are my top recommendations to encourage plant growth.

  • Place your plant in a spot getting natural or artificial light for at least 12 hours each day
  • Give your plant at least 70%+ humidity by increasing the humidity around your plant
  • Feed a high quality fertilizer every watering during the growing season (I use a mixture of Dyna-Gro Grow and Liqui-Dirt to feed my plants every watering)

Does Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy climb?

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy does climb which is why it’s important to give your plant a support pole or trellis. This plant definitely needs support or else the stem will flop over and look quite strange.

How do you propagate Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy?

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy has nodes which makes it easy to propagate the plant.

With clean sheers, cut below the node and submerge the node under water. Place the stem cutting in a spot getting dappled sunlight but don’t worry about it getting too much light. The stem cutting will start to grow roots in a few weeks.

Once the roots get at least 3 inches long, you can transfer the stem cutting to your preferred substrate or soil, leca, lechuza pon, or just straight up water.

Is the Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy toxic to pets?

Yes, this plant is toxic to pets.  You can get more information on toxic and pet-friendly plants at ASPCA here.

Prevent pests

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy is prone to pest pressures just any other house plant in the home.

You don’t want pest pressures because they quickly kill your plants and ruin your entire collection depending on the pest. Plus, they’re annoying so you want to stay on top of things.

This is what I do to prevent pest pressures.

  • Use Bonide Systemic Granules and sprinkle granules on top of soil (best tip for fungus gnats)
  • Use Azamax Pro and regularly spray the plants foliage and soil with this spray (if you spray in the morning with Azamax mixture, it’s important to shade plants from any lighting because Azamax + bright light can hurt your plants)
  • Don’t overwater your plants, this is the easiest way to have a house full of fungus gnats
  • Regularly check your plants foliage (especially the undersides) for pest pressures
  • Quarantine new plants before placing them with the rest of your plants

Common issues

Brown tips: If your Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy has brown tips, this may be a sign that your plant is not getting enough humidity. Increase the humidity around your plant by placing a humidifier near your plant, placing the plant on a pebble tray full of rocks and water, or placing your plant in a DIY greenhouse.

Curly leaves: If your Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy has curly leaves, this may be a sign that your plant is thirsty. This is a defense mechanism for plants when they are thirsty. The plant curls to reduce transpiration rate so they lose less water.

Yellowing leaves: If your Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy has yellowing leaves, this may be a sign that you’re overwatering your plant. Only water your plant when the top two inches of soil are dry. If you have one leaf at the very bottom that is yellowing, this is normal. Old leaves die off after they’ve done their job for the plant. You can see in the picture below that the oldest leaf on my Burle Marx Fantasy is old and dying off.

Key Points To Remember

Burle Marx Fantasy is a fun and easygoing plant that has a unique appearance like no other plant.

This plant requires bright indirect sunlight (south, east, or west facing windows) or can be placed under plant grow lights like I do.

Give your plant high humidity in the 50%+ range and place in a greenhouse cabinet or in a spot in your home getting at least 50% humidity.

Make sure to feed your plant a high quality fertilize every watering, every other watering, or once a month during the active growing season.

This plant is awesome so if you don’t have it yet, get one!

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