Philodendron Rojo Congo – Plant
Philodendron ‘Rojo congo’ is a large evergreen perennial shrub species that produces big, attractive oval to lance-shaped leaves with fleshy red stems. This large plant is well-placed in big spaces and contrasts nicely with green foliage plants.
Easily identifiable by its distinct red to coppery-colored young foliage, the leaves of this cultivar mature to dark green color with a red hue with age, and the stems retain their red color. Leaves are glossy and smooth-edged. This cultivar doesn’t have a climbing habit, instead, it grows upright and spreads outwards erectly, termed self-heading.
Best grown in bright light in part shade and with ample warmth, this tender cultivar doesn’t tolerate cold temperatures well. It doesn’t require much care and is tolerant of some neglectful watering. It can be used to create an attractive ornamental display, making this plant a great choice for growing inside as a houseplant.
Light: Provide bright, indirect sunlight. While this plant can endure low light levels, it thrives in bright, filtered light. Avoid direct sunshine, which can scorch the leaves.
Watering: Allow the soil’s top 1-2 inches to dry between waterings. To prevent root rot, water thoroughly while ensuring appropriate drainage.
Soil: Use a well-draining, well-aerated potting mix. It is best to use a tropical plant mix or a combination of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark.
Fertilization: During the growing season (spring and summer), give your Rojo Congo a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.
Pruning: Trim yellow or damaged leaves to promote healthy development. To keep a compact shape, pinch back leggy stems.