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How to Grow Philodendron Red Congo

Philodendron Red Congo is one of the most colorful specimanes you can adore your room with! Here’s how to grow it easily!

Philodendron Red Congo is one of the easiest houseplants to add to your indoor garden, which in its variegated form, looks stunning! 

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Philodendron Red Congo Plant Information

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Philodendron Red Congo is a unique hybrid variety of Philodendron Imperial Red and Philodendron Tatei. With oval, erect burgundy-green leaves, it grows up in a beautiful rosette formation.

The best part is that it can do pretty well in the mix of shade and light, making it one of the best houseplants!


Propagating Philodendron Red Congo 

Growing Philodendron Red Congo from cuttings is the best way to multiply this plant. Snip a 5-6 inches long cutting from a healthy plant and plant it in a well-draining potting mix.

Water well and keep it where it gets bright but indirect light. For best results, do it in spring or summer. It will form new growth within 2-4 weeks.

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Requirements for Growing Philodendron Red Congo

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Light

The non-variegated Philodendron Red Congo can do well in the mix of shade and light, but the colorful ones need a little more sunlight to have vividness on the foliage. Exposing the plant daily to mild morning sun for 2-3 hours will do wonders.

Avoid exposing it directly to the afternoon sun for long hours, as it will burn the foliage.

Soil

Use a well-draining growing medium rich in organic matter to grow Philodendron Red Congo. Adding a bit of compost and coco peat in the mix will also help.

Water

Always let the soil dry out a bit, and check the moisture level by poking your finger into the soil before you water the plant again. Do not water it daily as it will attract root rot. 

Temperature and Humidity

It grows best in the temperature range of 64-86°F or 18-30°C. Avoid exposing it to temperatures lower than 50F (10C). Also, keep it away from cold windows, drafts, or vents.

If your home is in a drier zone, particularly during winters, you can install a humidifier near the plant or keep its pot on top of a pebble tray filled with water.

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Philodendron Red Congo Care

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Fertilizer

The plant grows at its own slow space, so don’t worry about feeding it much. To boost the growth, use a balanced liquid fertlizer, diluted to 1/4 of its strength, once in 6-8 weeks. Avoid feeding the plant in winter.

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Pests and Diseases

Keep it safe from spider mites, mealybugs, whiteflies, and scale bugs. Use an application of insecticidal soap to get rid of them. Keeping the foliage dry and saving the plant from overwatering will keep it free of diseases.

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