The Tiger Tooth plant, also known by its scientific name, Philodendron ‘Jungle Boogie’, is a popular houseplant believed to be a Thai hybrid.
It earns its common name due to its serrated foliage. The tooth-like edges of this Araceae-family plant’s leaves are texture-heavy and dramatic. With long stems and growth in a rosette formation, the Jungle Boogie plant can appear lush and bushy.
Philodendron Jungle Boogie Care
Jungle Boogie Philodendrons don’t require a significant amount of care. In fact, they’re considered one of the easiest houseplants to grow. Not only are these aroids easy to care for, but they also are quick to reach their mature size.
Below, you’ll discover just how low-maintenance and forgiving these Philodendrons are.
Jungle Boogie plants prefer standard soil mixes featuring coco coir, vermiculate, or perlite. As long as the soil mix has decent aeration and drainage, your Boogie should grow just fine.
Similar to many houseplants, Jungle Boogie Philodendrons neither like super dry nor overly moist soil.
You’ll know it’s time to water your Jungle Boogie when the top two inches of its soil are dry. Give it a decent soaking when it’s watering time.
Jungle Boogies are fans of lower lighting conditions. Consider providing your, bright light a day.
Light from an east- or west-facing window is most appropriate for the Jungle Boogie plant. Because they can tolerate low lighting, they don’t have to be placed right next to the window.
If your plant’s leaves are starting to look burned or scorched, they may be receiving too harsh of lighting. Move your plant to an area with less illumination.
Humidity & Temperature
Keep your Jungle Boogie’s temperature between 65 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Like most houseplants, this Philodendron is a big fan of humidity, preferably humidity levels of 70% or higher. If your home lacks humidity, consider purchasing a humidifier.
In Zones 9 through 11, the Jungle Boogie plant can also be grown outdoors if the temperature and humidity level permits.
Fertilize your Tiger Tooth with a water-soluble fertilizer once a month during its prime growing seasons. Do not fertilize in the winter as extra nutrients during this time of slow growth are not necessary.
Overfertilizing or fertilizing your Philodendron during its non-active growth seasons can lead to brown leaf tips or curled tips.
Tiger Tooth plants are easy to propagate. You can do so via traditional stem cutting or by rooting a cutting in water before transplanting to soil. Root growth should be noticeable within two to three weeks if propagation is successful.
Diseases & Pests
Jungle Boogies are susceptible to common Philodendron diseases such as bacterial blight and bacterial leaf spot. To avoid bacterial diseases, prevent overhead watering. Remove any leaves that appear to be infected.
Scale insects, spider mites, brown thrips, and fungus gnats are some of the customary pests of the Jungle Boogie. Check underneath leaves if you suspect a possible pest infestation.
Like other Philodendrons, the Jungle Boogie is toxic to both humans and animals if parts are consumed. While usually non-lethal, it can trigger oral swelling and digestive distress.
Jungle Boogie Philodendron Flower
In optimal conditions, the Jungle Boogie Philodendron will bloom. However, flowering is somewhat uncommon indoors but not impossible.
If it blooms, its flowers will be a pinkish-orange, like a sunset, and feature a spathe.
Philodendron Jungle Boogie vs Ring of Fire
The main difference between the Philodendron Ring of Fire and Jungle Boogie is its coloring. Jungle Boogies have green foliage. However, Ring of Fire plants feature hints of red, orange, and yellow.
Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike many other varieties of Philodendrons, the Philodendron Jungle Boogie houseplant is quite rare. Due to its rarity, it’s easiest to purchase online versus in person. A 4-inch Jungle Boogie plant online will cost around $25 before shipping and tax.
The Philodendron Jungle Boogie will get about two to three feet tall and three feet wide. Jungle Boogies reach their mature size very quickly. If your plant is taking up too much space or becoming leggy, it could benefit from a trim.
Philodendron Jungle Boogie plants are considered climbers. In fact, Jungle Boogies can be found climbing up trees in their natural habitat. That said, it’s recommended to grow your Jungle Boogie on a totem to help support its climbing growth habits.