Philodendron Imperial Red
They maxed out at about 3 feet by 3 feet. So how they are used is most commonly a tabletop plant but as they grow to get taller and wider they are also a low floor plant. In terms of growth rate, I found this to be not as fast as some of the other plants. I’d say it is a moderate grower if you have it in lower light it’s gonna be a slow grower.
It has red stems and the new growth is tinged with red. That’s why it’s called Imperial Red.
This one like most houseplants likes bright natural lights falling into the moderate category. Don’t put it in a window or near a window. It can be away from it in a nice bright room but not indeed in the sunny window and it will tolerate low light.
In terms of watering, I don’t let this one dry out I let it go probably 3/4 of the way dry and then I water it again. It doesn’t like to sit in water. In the wintertime, I’m probably watering it about every 10 days, and in the summer probably every 7 days. Watering for you will vary depending on what your environmental conditions are in your home.
It does like the warm temperatures. Average humidity is fine for this one.
It likes a nice rich but very well-drained soil mixture. What I’m going to use is probably 1/3 potting soil 1/3 coconut fiber and one-third of my DIY succulent and cactus mix.
A lot of you have pets just like I do and this one is toxic to pets.
In terms of feeding, slash fertilizer it’s the routine. I do I give them a light sprinkling of compost in the spring and then I water in some Elinor’s VF 11. It’s plant food it’s not really a fertilizer but I do it about four to five times a year. From spring through early fall.
If you are using a stronger fertilizer on your houseplants and you notice larger brown tips that could be from the burn. The fertilizers contain a lot of salts so they can burn the plant. It can also be a watering issue but that’s why I always say do not over-fertilize your plants.
Philodendron Rojo Congo
These philodendrons are very sturdy and self-headers and what that means is they’re going to be a big plant and hold their holder upright inside.
These plants like a higher light to medium light. This means near a window okay or a little bit away from a window and not towards the interior of a room.
Now to water your philodendron. These plants you want to air more on the drier side matter. You might even see them wilt a little bit before you have to water them. These plants do not want to be overwatered nor let stand in water when you do water. You can water them pretty thoroughly to make sure that you get a nice flush root and then probably every two weeks or so is all you’re going to need to water these on the interior.
Since these are house plants and they are kept indoors because they’re very tropical. What we like to do is only fertilize these every quarter with a liquid fertilizer. Since these are tropical plants these cannot be put in a very cold draft and they like to be around 75 degrees ideally. But they can take higher temperatures or somewhat lower temperatures. So whatever temperature your body feels right at it’s probably where these plants will feel right.
To trim your philodendron. As they get older and more mature you might see some lower leaves turn yellow which is natural and you can just trim those off.
Remember these plants are cleaner machines so you can breathe easily.