Philodendron 'Rojo Congo' is part of the Araceae family and is native to South America. Although it appears to be self-heading, it will actually climb so I recommend using a sphagnum moss pole or bamboo canes to support the plant and allow it to reach it's full potential. This plant is fairly wide bodied, with smooth-edged leaves that are oval shaped. Leaves unfurl as a rich red colour and as the plant matures they become much darker burgundy to green. Although Philodendron 'Rojo Congo' can tolerate lower light, growth will be faster and leaves will be larger when the plant is positioned in a brighter, indirectly lit spot.
Pot: 11cm diameter plastic free Coco coir pot
Height: Approximately 50cm from base of pot.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.
Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: 21-27°C. No lower than 15°C.
Humidity: Philodendron prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Philodendron are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.