Variegated leaves featuring green with chartreuse splashes make ‘Brasil’ philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’) a colorful choice. This beauty is a patented variety that vines. Let it cascade from a pot or hanging basket, or train it up a moss totem. Classic heart-shape leaves blend with any décor. Give ‘Brasil’ a spot near a bright window for best leaf coloration. Water this philodendron when soil is dry to the touch.
Problem: White spots that look like powder or flour on your houseplants. Solution: This is probably a fungal disease, powdery mildew. Increase the air circulation in the room, and avoid overwatering. Saturated soils and poor ventilation are breeding grounds for this problem. Remove badly infected leaves, and if the problem persists, look for an organic fungicide labeled safe for indoor use. Follow all label directions. Shown here: a vining Philodendron, 'Brasil'
Goof-proof and tough as nails, philodendrons unfurl an assortment of leaf colors, shapes and sizes. This group of plants makes an undemanding, true low-maintenance addition to any room. Ideally, give them a spot in medium to bright light, but most also grow in low light conditions. This collection includes (clockwise from bottom left) ‘Graziaele’ with heart shape leaves, large ‘Red Congo,’ Philodendron selloum, ruffle-edged ‘Xanadu,’ classic Philodendron cordatum and chartreuse variegated ‘Brasil.’