Jungle Boogie Philodendron Care: 8 Points and Bonus!

Strap on your dancing shoes and shimmy into the wild world of the Jungle Boogie Philodendron!

This plant has transformed my living room into a tropical oasis with glossy, jagged-edged leaves. The Jungle Boogie Philodendron is remarkable with its vigorous growth and sprawling stems, transforming a dull corner into a lush sanctuary bursting with life and vitality.

One of the things that makes this plant stand out in my collection is its resilience. Through the highs and lows of my somewhat erratic care routine (let’s call it “freestyle gardening”), the Jungle Boogie Philodendron remained unfazed, adapting effortlessly to its environment. It shrugged off the occasional neglect and rewarded me with its unwavering beauty.

side view of jungle boogie philodendron

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, this tropical treasure also excels in purifying the air, ensuring that every breath you take is refreshingly clean and oxygen-rich. Its large, glossy leaves with serrated edges act as natural air filters, removing harmful toxins and adding a touch of elegance to your indoor space.

If you’re searching for a plant companion that knows how to boogie with style, is resilient, and has the power to transform your home into a flourishing Eden, the Philodendron Jungle Boogie is the perfect dance partner. 

Join me as we explore this trendy plant’s fascinating characteristics and care tips.

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What Are the Ideal Light Conditions?

Like a seasoned performer, this plant knows how to strike the perfect balance when it comes to light requirements.

This tropical wonder thrives in six to eight hours of bright, indirect light. Think of it as mimicking the filtered sunlight beneath the lush canopy of its native rainforest habitat. Position it near a window with a sheer curtain or place it a few feet away from a bright, but not scorching, light source.

jungle boogie leaf with dew on it close up

When in too much light, it can turn those gorgeous leaves into a scene straight out of a wilting melodrama. If your Philodendron Jungle Boogie is exposed to intense sunlight, its leaves may develop unsightly brown patches, as if the relentless spotlight has burned them.

Remember to shield your plant from harsh rays to keep those vibrant green leaves healthy.

On the flip side, we must also consider the perils of too much light deprivation. If your Philodendron Jungle Boogie finds itself in a dimly lit corner, away from any natural illumination, it may show signs of discontent. Its once lively leaves might become pale, limp, and lose their characteristic luster. 

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie needs a fair amount of light to perform at its best. Therefore ensure it receives enough bright, indirect sunlight to keep those graceful moves going.

jungle boogie leaves on a beige background

When I brought home my vibrant green dancer, I placed my Philodendron Jungle Boogie near a west-facing window, thinking it would enjoy the afternoon sun. 

However, as the days passed, I noticed some signs of stress, like patches of brown on the leaves and slight droopiness for example. I decided to try a different spot. – An east-facing window that offered gentle, filtered morning sunlight. As if by magic, the plant responded with renewed vigor.

How Often Do I Need to Water?

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie appreciates the soil moist but despises soggy roots. When it comes to watering, aim for a consistent, measured approach. If the top inch of the soil feels dry, it’s time to hydrate your plants.

First, pour water into the pot, allowing the Philodendron Jungle Boogie to soak through the soil. However be mindful not to drown it in excessive moisture, which can result in root rot. Let the water run out of the drainage holes before placing it back on its tray.  

philodendron in white pot on road

In my early days as a plant parent, I thought more water equaled more love for my green friends. However, my Philodendron Jungle Boogie quickly showed me the consequences of my misguided enthusiasm. 

Some telltale signs of overwatering include the leaves becoming droopy and yellowing. If you think you may have overwatered the Philodendron Jungle Boogie, allow the potting soil to partially dry out before watering again. Ensure good drainage to prevent water from sitting in the bottom of the pot.

It’s better to underwater slightly and adjust as needed than to drown your Jungle Boogie plant with excessive moisture. By mastering the art of measured watering, you’ll keep your Philodendron Jungle Boogie happy and healthy, ready to steal the show.

What Soil Should I Use?

close up of philodendron leaves and white background

The vibrant tropical plant prefers loose, well-draining soil that allows its roots to breathe. I can recall the early encounters with the Philodendron Jungle Boogie when I mistakenly used a heavy, compact clay soil from the garden – it resembled a concrete slab after a few weeks, and the jungle boogie plant began to suffer. 

After some experimenting, I found success with a blend of peat moss, perlite, and coarse sand (just a touch). This combination created an airy, moisture-retaining concoction that allowed water to flow through, preventing the dreaded waterlogged soil, which can lead to root rot.

Being a tropical soul, the Philodendron Jungle Boogie also appreciates a slightly acidic soil pH, typically between 5.5 and 6.5. You can achieve this by using an all purpose potting mix from your local gardening store. 

Maintaining this pH provides a harmonious environment for the Philodendron Jungle Boogies’ nutrient absorption and overall well-being.

What is the Preferred Temperature Range?

jungle philodendron outside in white pot

The Jungle Boogie plant prefers to groove in a warm and cozy environment between 65°F and 85°F (18°C to 29°C). This means it appreciates a balmy atmosphere that replicates the tropical rainforests it calls home.

What happens if our green, dancing tropical plant is exposed to temperatures outside its comfort zone? The Philodendron Jungle Boogie can suffer if subjected to cold drafts or frigid temperatures. It may exhibit signs of distress, such as yellowing leaves, stunted growth, or leaf drop. 

So, be mindful of its sensitivity to the cold and ensure the Philodendron Jungle Boogie is sheltered from chilly gusts or frosty encounters.

When finding the best place in your house for the Philodendron Jungle Boogie, aim for a cozy and well-regulated area. 

Avoid placing it near drafty windows or doors and air conditioning vents that could disrupt its tropical vibe. Instead, consider a location where the temperature remains relatively stable and within the plant’s preferred range.

What Is the Best Humidity?

Succumbing to the humidity needs of the Jungle Boogie Philodendron is relatively easy. They flourish in a moderate range between 50-70%. The average household humidity levels are around 30-40%, so there’s no need to create a tropical rainforest in your living room (unless you want to, of course!)

During the winter, when the air dries out, and the radiators are on, I notice my Philodendron Jungle Boogies leaves becoming dry and brittle. They also lose their signature glossy sheen. 

hand holding jungle boogie philodendron

I decided to introduce humidity to the scene by placing a tray filled with water next to the Philodendron Jungle Boogie. This allowed the evaporating moisture to increase humidity in its immediate vicinity.

Some other options to raise humidity during the dry months are:

  • Misting: Use a fine water spray to recreate a tropical mist settling on the leaves.
  • Humidifier: Run a small humidifier in the room to emit a steady stream of moisture into the air.
  • Grouping Plants: If you have a plant collection, group them to create a microclimate where their transpiration helps to increase humidity collectively.
  • Pebble Tray: Arrange a layer of pebbles in a tray and add water. Firstly, place the Philodendron Jungle Boogie pot on top of the pebbles. Ensure the water level is below the pebbles so the pot isn’t touching the water. As the water evaporates, it adds humidity to the air surrounding the Philodendron Jungle Boogie plant.

While the Jungle Boogie appreciates high humidity levels, excessive moisture can lead to fungal diseases like root rot. 

Strike the right balance and use a hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels if you are unsure. You can pick these up from pharmacies, gardening stores, or online.

Is Fertilizing Necessary?

man holding two different types of philodendrons

Like most plants, the Philodendron Jungle Boogie needs a feed to keep it in full swing during the growing season, typically from spring to summer. You must supply it with a regular liquid fertilizer explicitly formulated for houseplants.

If you notice that its growth seems sluggish and the foliage lacks vibrancy, it is likely performing on an empty stomach. Incorporate a regular fertilization routine and use a liquid fertilizer once every two to four weeks during the growing season. 

When using a water-soluble fertilizer, it ensures even distribution. Always follow the instructions on the package to avoid any mishaps.

While fertilization is crucial, moderation is key. Over fertilizing can lead to salt buildup in the soil. This can cause damage to the roots, and hinder the plant’s growth.

During the dormant period in fall and winter, the Philodendron Jungle Boogie enters a slower phase, requiring less feeding. I find fertilizing once every six to eight weeks during this time allows the plant to rest and conserve energy for the following season.

In addition to regular fertilization, it’s essential to water your Philodendron Jungle Boogie before applying the fertilizer. This helps prevent root burn and allows the plant to absorb the nutrients from the soil effectively.

How Do I Propagate the Philodendron Jungle Boogie?

Propagation is a way of multiplying your Jungle Boogie plant so you can share it with your friends and family – the best thing is that it’s effortless!

There are a couple of methods to propagate the Philodendron Jungle Boogie stem cuttings (my preferred) and air layering.

jungle boogie philodendron ariel view with sticks

Let’s explore the step-by-step methods for propagating our Jungle Boogie Philodendron through stem cuttings and air layering:

Stem Cuttings

  1. Firstly, select a healthy stem with at leaves two or three leaf nodes (the nobbly bit where the leaf comes out)
  2. Use a sharp pair of scissors and make a clean cut just below the node.
  3. Remove any lower leaves, leaving a few at the top so the plant can continue to photosynthesize.
  4. Place the cutting in a glass of water, ensuring the nodes are submerged.
  5. Then keep the glass in a bright indirect light location and change the water every few days to prevent stagnation.
  6. Once the roots are about an inch long, gently transplant the cutting into a small pot filled with well-draining soil. Use the same mix as the mother plant; this is its happy place!
  7. Provide adequate moisture and continue caring for the young Philodendron Jungle Boogie plant as it develops.

I usually keep my cuttings with the mother plant for a month to ensure they are in the right conditions to develop a new, healthy root system. After a month or two, you can relocate it to a new place in your home or share it with one of your friends or family. 

Philodendron Jungle Boogie makes a fabulous gift- especially when you explain the plant’s name!

close up of young jungle boogie philodendron

Air Layering

  1. Select a healthy mature stem and make a small incision below a leaf node.
  2. Apply rooting hormone to the wounded area to promote root growth.
  3. Wrap a clear plastic sandwich bag of sphagnum moss around the wounded area and snugly secure it in place with a tie wrap or elastic band.
  4. Ensure the bag is sealed with twist ties to create a humid environment.
  5. Monitor the most periodically to ensure it remains damp but not overly saturated.
  6. Keep the air layering in a bright indirect light location
  7. After a few weeks, check for root development by gently uncovering a small section of the moss.
  8. Once roots are well-established, carefully sever the rooted section from the mother plant, making clean cuts above and below the rooted area.
  9. Plant the rooted section in a suitable container filled with well-draining soil.
  10. Provide proper care and continue nurturing the new plant as it establishes itself.

It may take some time for roots to develop and new growth to emerge. Ensure proper care, including adequate light, moisture, and a suitable growing medium, to give your propagated Philodendron Jungle Boogie plants the best chance of thriving.

Is the Philodendron Jungle Boogie Toxic?

one jungle philodendron leaf in white pot

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie can release harmful substances, so handling it with care is crucial. It contains toxic substances primarily in its leaves. These are insoluble calcium oxalate crystals with microscopic needle-like structures. 

These crystals, when chewed or ingested, can cause irritation and discomfort. If you accidentally brush against its leaves, wash your hands pronto to remove any traces of toxins.

Regarding pets, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep an eye on your furry friends around the Philodendron Jungle Boogie, as some may get curious and give it a nibble. And trust me; you don’t want your pup or kitty feeling under the weather.

While the Philodendron Jungle Boogie is not considered highly poisonous, it’s still essential to exercise caution. Keep it out of reach of children and pets to prevent potential harm.

About Philodendron Jungle Boogie

jungle boogie leaf with dew on it close up

The Jungle Boogie Philodendron, scientifically known as Philodendron bipinnatifidum, ‘Jungle Boogie,’ is a captivating plant that adds a touch of tropical elegance to any indoor space.

Originating from the tropical rainforests of Central and South America, particularly Brazil, and Paraguay, the Philodendron Jungle Boogie thrives in warm and humid environments. 

Also known as the narrow tiger tooth plant. Its natural habitat has influenced its characteristics, making the Philodendron Jungle Boogie well-suited for indoor cultivation in areas with similar conditions.

This Philodendron cultivar can grow to be quite impressive. Its narrow, tiger tooth-shaped leaves are large, deeply lobed, and have a glossy texture. Mature plants can reach heights of up to 4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 meters) and spread out with a wide canopy.

While the Philodendron Jungle Boogie is known more for its foliage than its flowers, it does have the potential to produce unique blooms. However, flowering is relatively rare when grown indoors. 

The flowers typically emerge on long stalks and are surrounded by a spathaceous bract (a colorful leaf-like structure that protects the flowers), often taking on shades of green or yellow. Although the blooms may not be the main attraction, they can add an extra touch of beauty to the plant when they appear.

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie is attractive because the deeply incised leaves give it a distinct and charismatic appearance. The foliage is a vibrant green color, occasionally with hints of bronze or reddish tones. This provides a dramatic contrast against other plants in a collection.

philodendron jungle boogie leaves close up

Its lush tropical foliage makes it a fabulous choice for adding a jungle-like atmosphere to indoor spaces such as living rooms, offices, or conservatories. It can be planted in containers or hanging baskets, allowing it to cascade gracefully and create an impressive visual display.


Are Philodendron jungle boogie rare?

Philodendron Jungle Boogies are not rare plants. They may be more challenging to track down in your garden center, but you can find them online and at plant nurseries.

How big does a Philodendron jungle boogie get?

Depending on its growing conditions and care, the Philodendron Jungle Boogie can reach a height of 4-6 feet (1.2–1.8 meters) and spread out with narrow leaves and a wide canopy.

How do you take care of a Philodendron jungle boogie?

You should provide it with bright, indirect light. It can tolerate lower light conditions, but its growth and foliage color may be affected by low light. It’s best to place it near a window with filtered sunlight. Water the Philodendron Jungle Boogie when the top inch of the soil feels dry, ensuring it is evenly moist but not waterlogged.

The Jungle Boogie Philodendron also appreciates a humid environment, so misting its leaves or placing it near a humidifier can be beneficial. Fertilize the plant during the growing season with a balanced houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions.

What is Philodendron jungle boogie’s real name?

The real name of the Philodendron Jungle Boogie is Philodendron bipinnatifidum ‘Jungle Boogie.’ It is a cultivated variety or cultivar of the species Philodendron bipinnatifidum.

Is Jungle Boogie a climber?

The growth habit of the Jungle Boogie Philodendron is more of a shrub or bush than a climber. With that being said, you could train it to climb if you give it the help it needs.

How much is a jungle boogie Philodendron?

The price of the Jungle Boogie depends on the supplier, location, and availability. Usually, these plants can go for as little as $9 or as much as $150.

Jungle Boogie Philodendron: A Green Oasis that Makes Your Home Swing with Style!

In a nutshell, the Jungle Boogie Philodendron is like the life of the indoor plant party. It brings that touch of wildness, ready to jazz up your space and make heads turn.

Caring for this beauty is a breeze. Even for those with a history of “plant-tastrophes.” Just give it some bright, indirect light, water when it’s feeling parched, and humidity to keep it fresh.

I brought a Jungle Boogie Philodendron home, and it instantly transformed my living room into a tropical paradise. The vibrant leaves of this easy-to-grow plant made me feel like I was on vacation without leaving my couch!

The Philodendron Jungle Boogie is your go-to plant if you want to add a touch of the jungle to your indoor space. Its unique characteristics, laid-back nature, and gorgeous foliage make it a crowd-pleaser in any room.

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Alex Tinsman
An avid plant and flower lover! Ever since he was little, plants, flowers, and shrubbery of all kinds filled his life. Alex credits this fascination with nature's beauty to his mother and grandmother who were - and still are - dedicated gardeners. It's now Alex's mission to pass that same love for plants onto others and show them it's as easy as pie to bring nature inside.

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