How to Care for a Philodendron Rojo Congo

Philodendron Rojo Congo Care

The Philodendron Rojo Congo is an attractive, low maintenance tropical plant that originally comes from South America. With its striking large glossy leaves, this plant got its name “Rojo” from the deep red shade of its new leaves when they unfurl. This plant differs from other philodendrons in the sense that it doesn’t have a vining nature, which means it grows both outward and upward rather than extending in a climbing fashion, often growing even wider as it is high!

Here’s how to care for your Philodendron Rojo Congo.

Philodendron Rojo Congo Care

Light

The Philodendron Rojo Congo flourishes in moderate to bright indirect light indoors. The plant tolerates low light while too much direct light will damage the leaves with yellow burn marks.

Water

Give moderate amounts of water and allow the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out between watering sessions. Rather give too little water than too much, and make sure the soil provides easy drainage so the water can drain out from the bottom of the pot.

Temperature & Humidity

The optimum temperature for a Rojo Congo is between 25-30°C, so it typically performs well as an indoor plant in areas with a moderate to warm climate. This plant is cold-sensitive and needs to be kept in a relatively warm environment since it can suffer damage in extremely low temperatures.

Maintenance

Feeding your Philodendron Rojo Congo with slow-release fertiliser about 2-3 times per year will help it reach its best potential. The best feeding times are in summer and spring rather than during winter months. Depending on fast the plant grows, you can repot your Rojo Congo every 12-18 months. If its roots don’t need a larger pot, you can still treat them to fresh, nutrient-rich soil.


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