Philodendron Imperial Red vs Rojo Congo

Philodendron Imperial Red

Today we will be looking at the Imperial Red Philodendron. It has massive leaves and that when they come in they’re a little bit red a little bit pinky in color. Then turn into this wonderful vibrant green and as they age, the leaves tend to get just a little bit redder hence.

This plant is actually native to Central and South America as well as West India. This plant I would say demands a little bit more space than you would expect. It is quite wide-bodied so it likes to spread its leaves out wide. But it can get quite tall reaching about 120 centimeters in height.

I personally have this plant about two meters away from a large east-facing window and it seems to absolutely love it. Because it has given me some amazing new growth and it’s actually going to be giving me a new one.

This plant does prefer bright indirect light but I find that it can tolerate moderate lights.

In terms of watering, you want to ensure that the top two inches of soil are dry before watering it again.

When you are fertilizing this plant you want to give it a diluted solution maybe once a month.

When you’re considering the temperature for this plant you want to ensure that it’s no lower than 53 degrees Fahrenheit or 12 degrees Celsius.

For the best results, I find personally that this plant likes to be a little bit more root-bound than others. So I would recommend that you only repot this plant maybe once every two to three years.

Unfortunately, this plant is toxic, so you definitely want to keep it away from children or from pets or anyone who’s in a peckish mood for that matter.

Philodendron Rojo Congo

Like most philodendrons, it doesn’t require so much love that it becomes overwhelming. But there are few things that you’re gonna need tip-wise to make sure you’re keeping it alive and thriving in your space.

Rojo Congo is a climbing plant out in the wild so you might see it climbing up trees or certain structures. But in your home, if you lean it up against the wall you’ll see as it starts to grow.

Rojo Congo is a wide-body plant real wide-bodied. So make sure you have enough room for it to spread its arms.

Leaves have beautiful bright dark green textures that when they are first developing. When they are first unfurling they are this perfect perfect color of burgundy light red which is really nice within. Over time as that leaf matures, it becomes greener.

When it comes to the light you’ll see more growth better, growing larger. When placed in brighter light but it can tolerate and then the keyword there is “tolerate”. It can tolerate medium to low light.

What you’re gonna want to do is you want to make sure that you’re giving it the right amount of water like other philodendrons. You want to make sure that the first top two inches of soil are completely dry before you water it.

I prefer pots with a drainage hole so in this case, want to make sure that water comes out into that base tray once it does if it fills up toss that water off that base.