Philodendron cream splash care infographicPhilodendron cream splash adds vibrancy through its hues of green that elegantly form an abstract pattern on the leaves. It is also known as Variegated brasil or Brasil tricolor as the colors on its foliage vary from cream, light green to dark green.

The following guide will assist you in taking care of your Philodendron cream splash and solve any problems that you and your plant may face.

Quick Overview

Here is a handy table of this plant’s requirements.

Requirements Philodendron Cream Splash
Light Likes to be kept in bright indirect light
Water Likes to be moist but never wet; water as soon as the soil begins to dry out and mist when it seems to be in a dry condition
Soil Needs soil that retains moisture, is well-draining, and offers loads of rich organic matter
Temperature Temperatures ranging from 64 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit
Fertilizer Fertilize twice or thrice from spring to summer

What Is Philodendron Cream Splash?

Philodendron cream splash is a philodendron plant that comes from the tropics and is grown for its evergreen foliage that is glossy, patterned and can be planted in many ways. The colors on its foliage vary from cream and light green to dark green, and you can train it upwards or let it trail downwards from a hanging basket.

Philodendron Cream Splash Care

There are many ways to pot this plant, but you will get the best results when you know about its soil, water, humidity and light requirements. Before we look at that in detail, let us first explore its features.

– Leaves

Philodendron cream splash in clay pot onThe leaves of Philodendron cream splash plants are known for their stunning variegation.

The hues vary from cream to a dark green color and create a beautiful pattern.

Proper light and balanced fertilizer can keep this variegated display alive.

– Flowers

The Philodendron cream splash rarely flowers in pots. Do not feel bad about it because the flowers are not attractive and it takes years to see them bloom. Propagation is also much easier with stems than with seeds.

– Light

Philodendron cream splash is a tropical plant and likes to be kept in bright indirect light. It can tolerate low light conditions, but the growth will slow down. A bright window that gets indirect sunlight could be the best place for this plant.

Philodendron cream splash growth rate can be boosted if you protect it from direct exposure to direct light and too much shade. Find a balance. Some people prefer keeping it in bathrooms for the sake of bright light and moisture.

– Water

Speaking of moisture, the Philodendron cream splash plants like to be moist but never wet. Besides irrigating your plants as soon as the soil begins to dry out, you may want to mist your plants when they seem to be in a dry condition.

It is important to remember that the plant will tolerate slightly dry soil but will get root rot if left in wet soil. If there is poor drainage or excess water, the roots will begin to decay, causing severe problems for the plants. Overwatering can lead to the death of the plant, in which case the only way to save your plants is to take cuttings and restart.

In summers, consider installing a humidifier or mister to increase humidity for it. In winters, slow down with watering. Remember this rule: Check Philodendron cream splash soil before irrigation.

– Temperature

The Philodendron cream splash plant likes cozy temperatures of 64 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid cold temperatures and dry conditions in winters. If you are planting it outdoors, bring it back inside when the temperature drops below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

– Soil

Philodendron hederaceum cream splash is a hemiepiphyte that can survive while living in the canopy of a tree. It needs soil that retains moisture, is well-draining, and offers loads of rich organic matter.

Potting mix that contains peat moss and coconut coir work perfectly well for this plant. Add perlite to regulate good drainage. It is recommended to add 50 percent perlite to a mixture of coir and peat. You can buy a ready-made potting mix with these substances or make your own.

Avoid adding too much organic matter or compost.

– Fertilizer

The Cream splash philodendron grows fast in the warm season. We recommend observing the pace of its growth before applying fertilizer. Here are some ideas.

  • Fertilize twice or thrice from spring to summer, which is the growing season of the plant
  • Use half-strength fertilizer
  • Heavily dilute the formula and use it with each irrigation

Here are some natural fertilizers or plant foods that you can use:

  • Worm casting is usually a bit costly, odorless and simple to use. Scatter it on top of the soil and water your plants
  • Fish emulsion has a strong smell that disperses when it is mixed with water. It is an excellent fertilizer filled with nutrients

Besides these natural fertilizers, you can also make use of the following:

  • Slow-release fertilizers are also suitable for your plants. They gradually release nutrients and you do not have to fertilize them regularly
  • Liquid fertilizers dissolve nutrients that become available for the plant quickly. You can use a diluted mix regularly on your plants

Fertilization is important for Philodendron growth. Avoid heavy fertilization and stop fertilizing during winters.

 

Propagation

Propagating Philodendron cream splash is a simple and fun activity that can also be done with children. The best time of the year to propagate is in spring or summer when the plant is growing fast. The following guide will offer a step-by-step method for propagation:

  1. Pick the best-looking stem and make a clean cut using sterilized cutters
  2. Make sure there are two leaf nodes on it
  3. Remove the bottom leaves
  4. Place the bottom of the stem in a jar of water or a potting mixture
  5. In case you choose water propagation, leave the stem in water for a couple of weeks. Keep changing the water regularly until you see roots, then transfer it to the potting mix
  6. When you plant it directly into the soil, protect it from direct sun, too much watering, and strong winds until it is able to establish itself

Propagation is such a joyful activity. You can quickly multiply your plant collection or give out the new plants as gifts. You can even make some extra cash by selling these. We have some more propagation tips for you.

  • Take extra cuttings
  • If the plant is leggy and weak-looking, taking cuttings gives you a chance to restart
  • When root decay gets severe, propagation is the best way to save stems and regrow your plant

– Toxicity

The Philodendron cream splash is highly toxic when ingested. It carries calcium oxalate crystals, which create mild to severe stomach illnesses like nausea and irritation. Keep this plant away from children and pets.

Problems

Philodendron cream splash may show signs of the discomfort of disease. Most of it comes from poor management and less from an invasion of bugs.

Here are some problems that the plant may show:

– Leggy Stems

Philodendron cream splash stems become leggy when there is a lack of bright indirect light. Replanting the stem cuttings can give you fresh, healthy plants that you can then place in appropriate lighting and get better-looking plants.

You can also move an existing plant to a brighter location. Pinching new growth makes the plant grow more branches and makes it bushier.

– Small Leaves

Smaller leaves may be disappointing to look at, but do not worry as there is a simple solution. Cream splash philodendron foliage grows larger when the plant is supported by a stake. 

Bamboo or moss poles can be used to support it. Tie the branches to the pole gently if needed, otherwise, the roots will know how to grab a moss pole.

– Uneven Growth

The plant may have bushier growth on one side and empty spots on the other. You can fix this problem by tucking a stem into the soil where there is space. It will allow the plant to form new roots and fill up that empty side of the pot.

– Wrinkled Leaves

Wrinkled leaves can be a phytotoxic reaction. Sometimes, the fertilizer or pesticides dry out on the leaves and cause them to shrivel. Wash the foliage with clear water to prevent more damage.

– Discolored Leaves

Remember that old leaves will become weak and fall off as they lose their color. If the new leaves also begin to discolor, that may be a sign that the plant is stressed. If new leaves show this symptom it means there is a lack of adequate light. 

Place the plant in a brightly lit space but avoid direct sunlight.

– Lack of Variegation

The dramatic variegation is the main feature of this plant, but in case of low light conditions, the plant begins to grow greener foliage and lose its variegation. Bring the plant to a place with more light to get balanced variegation in the foliage.

– Wilting Yellow Leaves

The leaves may begin to wilt in case of root rot. This happens when there is overwatering and the roots are decaying. You will have to dig up the plant and either replace the soil or take cuttings to save what you can.

Follow the care guide above to have a successful experience. Manage water patterns by looking at how fast the soil dries out. The goal is to keep the soil moist, not wet. It can be allowed to go slightly dry before the next watering, but remember that the plant needs less water during winter.

Conclusion

Philodendron cream splash is a beautifully variegated plant and grows well as a potted plant. Its unique foliage is the highlight of this plant that is easy to grow and care for.

  • Philodendron cream splash grows well indoors and outdoors in bright indirect light
  • It needs well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter
  • Peat moss, coir and perlite makes a perfect soil mix for Philodendron cream splash 
  • Too much fertilizer can cause harm 
  • Philodendron cream splash grows in temperatures between 64 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit
  • It needs regular watering but overwatering is not good for its health
  • It may need a humidifier or a mister in hot and dry conditions
  • Philodendron cream splash grows well when stalked
  • It is propagated in spring and summer by stem cuttings
  • The plant needs regular plant food during the growing season, but will not appreciate fertilizer in winter
  • Philodendron cream splash may show signs of illness, which is mostly because of poor management of the plant
  • Root rot is caused by overwatering, pale leaves and leggy stems occur because of lack of light or nutrients, and leaves wither if they have fertilizers on them
  • The Philodendron cream splash hardly flowers as a potted plant

In short, this stunning evergreen variety of philodendrons is a joy to have, easy to maintain and pest-free. Grow this masterpiece at your home and be amazed at the wonderful spectacle of this beauty!

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