This tree hugging upright philodendron is native to the forests of South America. It has an upright, clumping growth habit and features large, oval shaped leaves with different colors. Young leaves start out bright red. Then turn into a more burgundy/maroon color. Later on, they’ll turn to a deep, red-tinged green. Because different leaves are pushed out and develop at different times, you’ll see a variety of colors at any given time. This is what makes the plant stunning and attractive!
Watering: Water when top 2-3" of soil is dry until water drains from bottom of pot. Do not leave sitting in drainage.
Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light. Bright sun will ensure leaf color is maintained. Lower light will result in dulling leaves.
Humidity Needs: Moderate, over 60%. Can be boosted with pebble trays and/or clustering with other humidity lovers.
Soil Preference: Requires a well-draining soil mix that allows water retention but helps prevent root rot. A peat-based soil mix with additional perlite is ideal.
Fertilizing: Regularly apply a well-balanced fertilizer during spring/summer months.
Repotting: Repot in early spring/summer when soil is too compact or there are exposed roots. Repot a minimum of every 2-3 years to ensure soil nutrients.
Pet Safe: No
Common Issues: Overwatering leading to root rot and underwatering are the most common issues for maintaining a healthy Philodendron. Yellowing/discolored leaves = overwatering, brown/crispy leaves = underwatering. Spider mites and mealy bugs are also common pests.
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