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All About Philodendron 'Jose Buono'

Posted on December 11 2022

No two Jose Buono’s are exactly alike, which is one of the things we love about them! Large, elongated, spade-shaped leaves are spackled in a variety of colors: sometimes white, cream, lime green, or yellow. The variegated pattern differs too. Each leaf will keep you guessing! The best part: even though it’s rare and sought after, the Jose Buono Philodendron is easy to take care of!

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Variegated Spade Leaf Philodendron, Philodendron ‘Variegatum,’ Philodendron domesticum.
    • About the Family: The Jose Buono Philodendron is a relative of other Philodendron varieties, such as the Pink Princess and Giganteum.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Araceae (Family), Philodendron (Genus), Philodendron ‘Jose Buono’ (Species).
    • Hometown: Colombia & the Caribbean.

    How to Care for Your Jose Buono Philodendron:

      • Watering: Water when at least the first inch of soil is dry.
      • Humidity: 50% or more.
      • Soil: Well-draining soil.
      • Fertilizer: Use an organic, slow-release fertilizer 3 times during the growing season.
      • Environment: Indoors, keep your Philodendron in medium indirect light and temperatures between 55-80 degrees.
      • Propagation: Stem cutting.
      • Toxicity: Toxic to pets and people.

      The Best Unboxing Practices:

        Properly caring for your newly unboxed Jose Buono Philodendron for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
          • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Philodendron until it exhibits the proper signs.
          • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
          • Lighting: Place your Philodendron in filtered, low light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Jose Buono Philodendron to your desired location that fits its care needs afterward. Do not ever place a freshly un-boxed plant in direct sun.

          What You’re Getting:

          • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 6” diameter plant, based on your selection. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving.

          What Makes Us Special:

          • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
          • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
          • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
          • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
          • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Philodendron 'Jose Buono', reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
          • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Philodendron 'Jose Buono' and possible resolutions.
          • Your Personal Plant-Care Resource: Do you love your new addition? We couldn’t be happier! Join our mailing list to receive exclusive offers, updates, and care tips.

            FAQ about Jose Buono Philodendrons:

              • How do you propagate a Philodendron ‘Jose Buono’? You can propagate your Jose Buono Philodendron with stem cuttings. The best time? Early to late summer. How do you do it? Read our blog for step-by-step instructions. Jose Buono’s are relatively slow growers, so don’t expect to take stem cuttings very frequently. To boost your growth, fertilize your plant with an organic, slow-release fertilizer three times during the growing season.
              • What are the origins of the Philodendron ‘Jose Buono’? That’s a good question! Nobody knows exactly. Is it a cultivar or a hybrid? Nobody knows that either. This plant is surrounded by plenty of mystery, which makes it all the more tempting!

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