Philodendron Imperial Red
Grown on site at Faith Greenhouses
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Plant Care & Growth*:
It reaches 3′ x 3′, sometimes a bit bigger. The leaves and stems get bigger as it grows but it keeps the central trunk form.
It’s most commonly used as a tabletop plant. As it grows larger, it becomes a low, full-floor plant.
Moderate. I find that this plant grows slower than some of the other houseplants in the Araceae family.
Like most houseplants, Philodendron Imperial Red prefers bright natural light. A moderate or medium exposure. This plant will tolerate higher light but be sure to keep it out of any direct hot sun to avoid sunburn. Conversely, if you have it in lower light, the leaves will stunt, and the plant won’t grow too much if at all.
You may let this plant go almost 3/4 of the way dry before watering again. They don’t like to go completely dry. On the other hand, sitting in water or keeping them constantly wet will cause root rot. In the warmer months, water your Imperial Red every 7 days. In the winter, it’s every 10-14 days. The watering schedule will vary for you depending on your home environment, type of soil mix, and pot size.
If your home is comfortable for you, it’ll be so for your houseplants too. Imperial Reds like it on the warmer side in the growing months but being cooler in the winter is fine. Just be sure to keep them away from any cold drafts as well as air conditioning or heating vents.
Because they’re bred to be houseplants, they can tolerate the drier air in our homes. If the leaves of yours are showing small brown tips, that’s a reaction to lack of humidity. If you think yours look stressed due to lack of humidity, fill a saucer with pebbles & water. Put the plant on the pebbles but make sure the drain holes &/or the bottom of the pot isn’t submerged in water. Misting once or twice a week should help out too.
Imperials love and need a rich yet well-drained moist soil mix. Repotting/transplanting is best done in spring or summer; early fall is fine if you’re in a warm climate. The faster your plant is growing, the sooner it’ll need repotting.
Not much is needed. The main reasons to prune yours is to take off the occasional yellow or dead leaf.
This plant is considered to be toxic.