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: 17cm diameter
Height: Approximately 50cm from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Ideal temperatures are 16-24°C. Temperatures above or below could slow down growth.
Light: Bright indirect light is best; remember to rotate your plant for even growth.
Watering: Keep soil moist during spring and summer, during winter the soil should almost dry out completely between watering.
Air Humidity: Relatively tolerant of dry conditions but higher humidity will prevent crispy edges and encourage larger growth.
Fertilising: Feed every 2-4 weeks during the growing period and every other month in winter.
Potting mix: Well draining potting mix or Aroid mix with orchid bark.
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.