Philodendron Jose Buono Care Guide & Propagation Tips

Jose Buono Philodendron needs bright light to grow healthy and shining leaves. The size and texture of its leaves depend on light, water, fertilizer, and other care factors.

You can easily grow and maintain Jose Buono even if you never grow a philodendron before in your life.

Today you’ll know how to grow a healthy Philodendron Jose Buono and how to maintain its good health for years.

I’ll cover basic and advanced growing tips with propagation methods and common problems.

About Philodendron Jose Buono

Philodendron Jose Buono is an evergreen rare philodendron plant. It has heart-shaped velvety leaves with or without variegation.

This climber philodendron belongs to tropical jungles. It is a large plant with 12 feet in height and 3 to 4 feet spread.

Unfortunately, you can only find taller Philodendron Jose Buono plants in tropical jungles.

When we grow them at home due to changes in their natural growing habitat. Jose Buono only reaches to 3-meter height with 15 to 24 inches long and 9 to 11 inches wide leaves.

Remember that this is the general size of Jose Buono. The actual size depends upon the growing conditions and care techniques.

You should use a moss pole for this climber plant to encourage it to produce large size leaves and grow taller.

I have 2 jose Buono plants one is 2 feet tall whereas the young plant with the support of a moss pole is almost 4.2 feet tall.

When we give support to plants, they save the energy that they spend to hold their structure. Then they use this saved energy to produce more leaves and grow taller.

This philodendron plant does not produce flowers and you don’t have to prune it frequently.

Philodendron Jose Buono has 3 types of leaf patterns:

  • One with Red Veins on dark green leaves is called Philodendron Jose Buono red.
  • The second variety has purple veins and is called Philodendron Jose Buono purple.
  • The third variety of Philodendron Jose Buono has no special veins or lines on leaves, only heart-shaped green foliage.

How to Grow Philodendron Jose Buono?

Philodendron Jose Buono needs moist soil for proper growth and shining velvety leaves. Give it plenty of light along with clean water and a few ounces of fertilizer to boost its health.

Below are the growing tips for a healthy Jose Buono:

Light Needs

Like in tropical jungles, Philodendron Jose Buono needs indirect bright light for photosynthesis. The plant is able to carry out photosynthesis even in low light.

But because we want our Jose Buono to grow attractive and tall. It is best to expose it to bright indirect light.

My Philodendron Jose Buono is growing happily on the east-facing window. It enjoys morning sunlight for a few hours. Then filtered light for the rest of the day.

Roughly it needs 7 to 8 hours of light per day which is sufficient to keep it alive and healthy.

Do not expose your plant to direct sunlight. As this will result in yellow and pale scorch leaves.

It is hard to reverse the sun damage in philodendron plants. Therefore, decide the plant location first then buy it from the garden store.

Watering Philodendron Jose Buono

Jose Buono Philodendron is a water-sensitive houseplant. This means it cannot tolerate excessive amounts of water even in the summer season.

To water tropical plants like Jose Buono always check the soil condition at first.

If the soil is moist, no need to water your plant. But if the soil feels dry, give some water to your Jose Buono.

Slowly pour the water so that the soil can easily absorb it. Once you see the water dripping out of the drainage hole.

Immediately stop pouring water and leave your plant to drain all the extra amount of water.

After 30 minutes comes back and empty the bottom tray and place it back under the pot. You are done with watering Philodendron.

Follow this method for 365 days regardless of the season of the year. If you don’t want to see water-related problems in your plant.

Best Water for Jose Buono Philodendron

The quality of water is important to prevent water-related issues and root diseases. In my experience, the best water is filtered water for watering plants.

Because it does not contain heavy substances like copper, chlorine, and fluoride. These are harmful to philodendron plants.

They get collected at the bottom of the pot and stick to the roots. Roots stop functioning properly which affects the overall health of philodendrons.

Your plant becomes weak and leaves shrink their size due to the limited amount of water. Weak photosynthesis is also a result of the low amount of water in leaves.

Therefore, to prevent all these problems always use clean and filtered water for watering your Philo. Jose Buono.

Potting Soil

Quick-draining soil works best to grow Philodendron Jose Buono as a houseplant.

Choose potting soil that has perlite and peat in it. You should also add some ounces of compost to increase the nutritional value of the soil.

Remember that the pH should be between 6.5 to 7.2 pH. Below or above this range will directly affect the nutrient absorption rate of the roots.

My soil formula for Jose Buono:

Perlite + Peat + General purpose soil + Home-made compost

This formula is light in weight and there are many other light weights ready-to-use potting soils available on Amazon.

Check their Price.

Light Weight Potting soil not only increases the air circulation in the root zone. It also reduces the soil pressure on roots.

Gives enough room for roots to grow easily and also prevents root-bound.

Ideal Temperature

55 to 80 degrees F is the ideal temperature range for Philodendron Jose Buono. At low temperatures, the water stored in leaf cells starts to freeze.

This breaks the cell walls and results in brown spots on leaves.

Whereas the high temperature burns the leaf tips and turns them brown. If your plant has brown leaf tips and dry soil.

This means it is suffering from a hot temperature. Move it to a normal temperature room and give it some water.

Your plant will heal itself in a few days but the brown tips will never turn green.

To help your plant heal fast cut the brown tips. This will destroy the beauty of your plant but unfortunately, it is the only way to save other parts of the leaves from turning brown.

High temperature also increases dehydration and underwatering problems.


Keep the humidity anywhere between 40 % to 60 %. Jose Buono Philodendron is a tropical plant and cannot survive in low humidity.

The general home humidity is between 40 to 55 % which is all good for this plant.

To know about the humidity of your grow room. You need to use the hygrometer to measure it.

It is an inexpensive device used to measure relative humidity. To make humidity stable use the pebble tray method.

Take a tray and fill it with small rocks and add water. Then place it under the plant pot and you are done.

The evaporating water from the tray gives nice comfort to your dry plant.

The Second and advanced option is a plant humidifier. This device is a one-time investment and can save your costly plants on low-humid days.

Fill it with water, turn it ON and place it next to your Philodendron Jose Buono. It will increase the room humidity in a few minutes.

Place all your plants in one room and use a plant humidifier to save all plants.

Fertilizing Philodendron Jose Buono

Fertilization is a must to avoid nutrient deficiencies in young Philodendron Jose Buono plants.

General-purpose houseplant fertilizer is best to use. It has all the essential nutrients in balanced quantity.

Dilute as per the instructions and give it to the plant. You will see a nice health boost right after 24 hours of fertilization.

If you find it costly for you to use houseplant fertilizers.

Then to save some money you can use compost in the soil formula. Compost is rich in nitrogen and regularly supplies essential nutrients to the plant.

This way you can reduce the fertilization expenses and buy another plant with the saved money.


Philodendron jose Buono is a tropical plant which means it needs moist soil for its entire life. Jose Buono cannot tolerate dry conditions for a long time.

This will result in dehydrated philodendron jose. The shining leaves will turn yellow and brown.

Therefore, keep the right level of moisture in the potting soil.


Like other philodendrons, it contains calcium oxalate. This substance is toxic to humans and animals. When someone ingested the plant parts.

The calcium oxalates get activated in the stomach and cause stomach pain, sore mouth, vomiting, etc.

Immediately call the poison control center. In the meantime, wash your hands and mouth with clean water.


No frequent pruning is required to keep it in good shape. Philodendron Jose Buono produces large size leaves and only prunes them when they get damaged.

Trim the brown tips and yellow leaves.

Remove the leaves that are infected with a disease. This will keep healthy parts of the plant safe and prevent the further spread of disease.

Use sharp and sterilized trimming tools to cut and remove the Jose Buono parts.

I use rubbing alcohol to sterilize my knife and shears. Also, wear gloves to avoid contact with the sap of the plant.


Repot your plant when you think your plant is root bound. In root-bound conditions, you see some visible roots on the top surface of the soil.

The soil quickly becomes drier than normal.

Lift your plant and inspect the bottom hole. If you see roots growing out of the drainage hole this means roots need more space to grow.

Your current plant pot is small for them.

  • Take a new 2 inches deep and wider pot than the current pot.
  • Use fresh soil and fill the pot to its half. Gently unpot your plant and remove the soil that is attached to the roots.
  • You can use water to remove the old soil. Inspect the roots for any damage. Cut the damaged part with sharp tools and place Jose Buono in a new plant pot.
  • Fill the remaining portion of the new pot with fresh soil and gently tap around the plant.
  • Don’t forget about the moss pole.
  • Give some water to keep the soil moist. Repotting philodendrons gives new life to old and mature plants.

Propagating Jose Buono Philodendron

Seed propagation of Jose Buono is tuff and needs expertise in germinating seeds. The stem cutting propagation is the easiest method.

Below are the stem propagation steps:

  • Identify the healthy stem with disease-free leaves.
  • Cut the 5 to 6 inches long stem with 2 to 3 leaves at the top part only.
  • Remove the bottom leaves they are not required for propagation
  • Dip the cut in the rooting hormone and place the cutting in a glass of water.
  • Place this glass in a humid place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Indirect light is enough for the development of roots.
  • Change the water of the glass once it gets unclear.
  • The stem will grow roots in 15 to 20 days.
  • Once the roots become more than 1 inch long, you can transfer the cutting into the potting soil.
  • Choose the same well-draining soil and follow the regular care routine.

Common Pests and Problems

Pest Infestations

Mealy bugs and scales are the enemies. Generally, Philodendron Jose Buono is pest resistant. But when you place it in unhygienic conditions. This increases the chances of pest attacks.

Pests like the plant’s glucose they suck all the glucose if you do not fix the problem on time.

Before fixing it, you need to identify it quickly.

To identify the problem. Inspect your plant in each watering session. Lift the plant leaves and check the undersides.

If the pests are present, immediately separate your jose buono from other plants. Use rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth to wipe leaves.

This will kill them instantly. But if they are present in a large population. Then use insecticidal soap and rinse your plant with clean water.

Then allow it to drain extra water and keep it separate until you see healthy growth.

To prevent pest attacks, use neem oil spray once in 20 days on all your plants.

Root Rot

Root rot is the result of overwatering the philodendron potting soil. The absence of a drainage hole doubles the chances of root fungus.

To identify it, smell the potting soil if it smells like decaying garbage and the soil is also wet. This ensures the presence of root fungus bacteria.

  • Gently unpot your plant, remove the soil from the roots, and cut the damaged roots.
  • Throw the old soil and wash the plant pot. Fill it with new soil and plant your Jose Buono in it.
  • Give some water and place it in indirect sunlight for its good health.
  • To prevent root rot always follow the soil check technique before watering Jose Buono.

Yellow Leaves

There are two causes of it one is the excessive amount of water in the soil. This damage the roots and as a result, the leaves turn yellow because damaged roots become unable to transport water and nutrients.

The second cause is dehydration or underwatering. Yellow leaves are the first sign of dehydration followed by brown leaves.

Identify the cause and follow the solutions suggested in this post.

Leggy Jose Buono

Low light is the only cause of leggy Philodendron Jose Buono. It needs plenty of light for photosynthesis. In low light, the plant stretches itself towards the light source to absorb as much as light it can.

This gives it a leggy appearance with few leaves than normal.

Adjust the light condition and your plant become healthy and normal in a month.


Philodendron Jose Buono is a nice foliage plant and needs bright light and moist soil to grow. Use neem oil to protect it from pest attacks.

It is nice to bring it home if you are interested in philodendron foliage plants.

Jose Buono adds nice green touch to an indoor environment.

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