Plant of the month:

Philodendron Ring of Fire

We are back with yet another very nice plant that deserves lots of attention. The Philodendron Ring of Fire distinctives itself from the other very stunning family members with its extraordinary foliage. Juvenile leaves start out with flaming orange variegated spots, which is where she earned that steamy name from! Once the foliage matures, the foliage becomes green with creamy yellow variegation, but can still have some hints of that orange in there. Its leaves are also quite special, since they are quite long with frayed edges. You hear that this plant has many attractive characteristics that will make you burn with desire for this beauty!Lijn.pngplantofthemonthseptember.png

- Fun fact! Did you know that you can spot about 5 different shades on your Philodendron Ring of Fire? Pretty cool if you ask us!

She was discovered by William Jackson Hooker back in 1829. The Philodendron was growing by the banks of a river in Brazil, where she caught his attention. She is believed to be a hybrid between Philodendron Wendlandii and Philodendron Tortum. Can you spot the resemblance?

Philodendron Ring of Fire

care guide

This plant grows naturally in a pretty humid and warm environment, which is what suits its needs the best. That is why it can be somewhat of a challenge to meet these needs within your urban jungle. You should try to keep the humidity above 60% and the temperature between 18 and 27 degrees. You can always place this green friend inside a greenhouse to be able to adjust the environment accordingly.

- Expert tip! Do you want this stunner to grow bigger leaves for you? A mosspole or plant stake will stimulate it in doing so! This will give it just the right kind of support.

You can place it inside a chunky soil mix that drains excess water and also holds some moisture. We have created an aroid potting mix kit that contains all the necessary substrates for this flaming hot plant. Make sure to always have this soil mixture slightly moist, which will result in only needing water whenever the top of the soil has dried out. Water your Ring of Fire thoroughly and allow the top 2 centimeters of the soil to dry out between waterings.


- Expert tip! We would advise you to play around with watering from the bottom and from the top. Both bring their own benefits with it and we think a combination of the two will bring all those positive aspects together.

As most of us PLNTSparents know by now, is that variegated plants need more light than non variegated plants. This also goes for our lovely Ring of Fire. You want to place your plant inside bright indirect light. This light is pretty similar to the light these plants grow naturally in the rainforest. You can place it near a south facing window, not too close since this might make this fiery plant overheat, which will result in scorching. That is the type of hot that we actually don’t want. Too little light will result in slow growth, so giving it the right amount is really important.

*- Expert Tip! If you have a house without any bright windows where your Ring of Fire will not receive enough light, you might want to invest in a grow light. This makes it possible for you to get those wishlist plants that need bright light anyways! *


a Philodendron Ring of Fire

Would you like to grow a whole family of this fierce plant? We totally understand! We suggest doing this by stem cuttings. It is rather easy and straightforward, but it might make you an addict to at home propagating. ;)

Step 1

Make sure your Philodendron Ring of Fire is well watered and healthy before taking the cut. You can achieve this by following our care guide.

Step 2

Find the node. This is a thicker part of the stem. Sometimes they have aerial roots growing alongside them, which will not only make finding the node easier, but also increases the chance of a cutting that will root.

Expert tip! Always clean your tools properly before using them. This will reduce the chance of your cutting catching any diseases.

Step 3

Choose your substrate. So many to choose from, if you are in doubt or new to propagating, you might want to go with the trusty water. This substrate will also showcase your newly developing roots beautifully!

Step 4

After having some patience for your cutting to root, you can transfer it to a soil mix. You want the roots to have branched and be at least 9 centimeters long.

Fun fact! Did you know you can also grow Philodendron on (semi) hydroponics? This will make transferring your cutting a lot easier!


Frequently asked questions

about Philodendron Ring of Fire

Is the Philodendron Ring of Fire rare?

Yes, the Ring of Fire is considered to be rare. The plant was highly sought after and now the supply has increased, so it is easier to find the plant. But it doesn't make the plant less of a gem.

Why is my Philodendron Ring of Fire turning yellow?

If we are talking about the variegation fading to yellow, that is completely normal and is what the mature leaves look like. If the whole leaf is turning yellow, it can actually have lots of reasons, like over- or underwatering, a lack of light or nutrients or something pest related. That is why you should keep your care on point and check regularly if there are no pests in near sight.

Does the Philodendron Ring of Fire like showers?

She would actually love a nice shower from time to time. This is a perfect way to rinse off its pretty foliage!

How do you increase the variegation in the Ring of Fire?

Variegation is a mutation that is caused by the lack of chlorophyll. An overgrowth of chlorophyll due to wrong nutrition will reduce the variegation, so be mindful about the nutrients that the Ring of Fire needs and what you are providing it with. Light is also a very important aspect to keep up with its variegation. Make sure you provide the plant with the right care and that should increase the chance of it becoming more variegated.

Is the variegation on the Ring of Fire stable?

The variegation on the Ring of Fire is actually pretty stable, woohoo. The chance of the plant reversing is pretty small, but you should keep up the best care nevertheless.

How big does the Ring of Fire get?

The Philodendron Ring of Fire is a bit more of a slow grower. But she can become quite big, about 120 centimeters in height.

Most common pests on the Philodendron Ring of Fire?

Pests would be interested in your hot gem, that is why you should keep an eye open for mealybugs, spider mites, scale insects and thrips. We suggest doing regular plant inspections to prevent any large infestations from happening. Lijn.pngSfeerPhilodendronringoffire.png

Buy Philodendron Ring of Fire

That was all the information that you need to be fully equipped and ready to take care of this flaming hot plant. You might want to start off with the cutest variant, the Baby Philodendron Ring of Fire. She will make your heart melt with its green and warm appearance. Or do you want to go for bold and fierce, with the medium sized Philodendron Ring of Fire? Also a real hottie if you asked us! No matter what you choose, the Ring of Fire is a real gem that can’t be missed from your PLNTS collection. Buy Philodendron Ring of Fire online.

Hi, I'm Emma, your guide!

Hi, I’m Emma, your guide!