A Philodendron Imperial Red is one of several hybrid philodendrons that have been developed by growers over the last few years. This is an easy care plant that can adapt to all kinds of conditions as long as you keep it warm. Its care instructions can be used for the following other Philodendron Hybrids: Congo, Imperial Green, Black Cardinal, Moonlight, Red Emerald, and Autumn. Many philodendrons are climbers, but an Imperial Red is called a self-header. The glossy bright green and red oval shaped leaves are spaced very close together on a single stem. This stiff, barely visible stem, keeps an Imperial Red Philodendron upright and elegant looking as it matures. These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants
LIGHT: A Philodendron Imperial Red can survive in low light, but grows faster and looks better in medium light.
WATER: Always allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering a Philodendron. Water less, allowing the soil to dry out a bit more, during the winter months.
FERTILIZER: Fertilize your Imperial Red Philodendron monthly when the plant is actively growing with a balanced food at ½ the recommended strength. If the plant is not producing new leaves, it doesn’t need any plant food.
TEMPERATURE: An Imperial Red Philodendron grows well in warm temperatures between 70-85 degrees.
HUMIDITY: Basic household humidity is fine for this plant.
PESTS: A Philodendron Imperial Red attracts Mealy Bugs and Aphids. Use the green solution to treat both of these problems.
DISEASES: Erwinia Blight, a type of harmful plant bacteria, is the main disease that affects an Imperial Red Philodendron.
SOIL: Use a rich quick draining soil for all types of Philodendrons. You may have to add a little sand to your usual soil mix if it appears too heavy.
POT SIZE: Philodendrons like to be slightly root-bound and a little snug in their pot. When the roots have just about filled the container, move your Philodendron to a new planter that is a few inches larger than the existing one. The best time to re-pot your houseplants is in the late winter or early spring before they start to grow.
PROPAGATION: Growers use tissue cultures to successfully propagate this hybrid. You can use off- shoots or air layering to try to propagate your plant.
POISONOUS PLANT INFO: All Philodendron Plants contain calcium oxalate are very Poisonous Houseplants with a #2 toxicityle