Philodendron 'Red Emerald' Care Guide
Philodendron 'Red Emerald' Care
The Philodendron erubescens 'Red Emerald' is a large, climbing form of philodendron with deep burgundy stems and dark matte green leaves. In the wild, for instance, the rainforests of Colombia, the 'Red Emerald' Philodendron can reach heights of 60 feet or more! So, major jungle vibes with this one, making it one of our all-time favorites.
Philodendron 'Red Emerald' care is much the same as any other aroid. We find them to be surprisingly fast growers, and their low level of maintenance makes them a rewarding option whether you're a beginner or a professional plant parent.
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Bright, indirect light is best.
First, make sure the pot you are using has a drainage hole in the bottom. this will help drain excess water and prevent root rot.
If you're familiar with growing any other aroids such as the scindapsus or monstera, you'll probably find their watering needs very similar. Let the soil dry out to an inch or two between waterings. over-watering is easier than under-watering with the 'Red Emerald,' so be cautious, and if you notice the leaves start to droop, that means you've gone just barely too long. It should perk up very shortly after watering.
Higher humidity is better, but the Philodendron is an adaptable plant (more on that later). However, once the 'Red Emerald' gets established and climbs, the aerial roots will especially appreciate regular misting (we mist ours twice daily and have observed greater, more aggressive growth and larger, healthier leaves).
Just like most epiphytes, a light and airy, fast-draining medium is ideal. We mix in plenty of organic material like coco coir chunks and sphagnum moss to encourage a slightly acidic environment.
A trellis or moss pole will encourage larger leaves, besides helping keep the long vines contained.
As stated, they like their humidity high, but they aren't super picky. If you live in a dry climate or notice browning leaf tips, we recommend misting your 'Red Emerald' or using a humidifier.
The Philodendron erubescens 'Red Emerald' is a tropical plant from the South American rainforest, so try to keep it between 60-85 degrees or so.
Common Health Issues-
While the Philodendron erubescens 'Red Emerald' is a very easy-going houseplant, there are a few things to look out for:
Drooping, yellowing leaves are an indicator you might be drowning your roots. You might also notice fungus gnats (they look like tiny little fruit flies buzzing around your houseplants).
Over-watering quickly leads to root rot, which is hard to come back from! Remove any dead material, and you can try to flush the soil with a diluted hydrogen peroxide-water mixture.
A pot with proper drainage greatly reduces the risk of overwatering!
Fungus gnats, spider mites, mealybugs, and thrips are probably the most common pest you will encounter. They tend to attack when the plant gets weak or overly stressed out. Common signs would be tiny holes, blotchy yellowing of the leaves, and/or fungus gnats flying around.
Hopefully this Philodendron 'Red Emerald' care information helps you create an environment where your plant can thrive!