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The Philodendron Red Emerald is a climbing houseplant known for its deep red wine-coloured stems. It is an easy-care indoor plant that will make an excellent addition to your indoor garden collection. The Red Emerald Philodendron, also known as the Philodendron Peperomia, is a red variation of the Philodendron erubescens. Here’s a complete Red Emerald Philodendron care guide, including when to water the aroid, how to propagate the plant and the type of home setting this evergreen plant prefers.
Overwatering is one of the most common issues with Philodendron erubescens, despite being a reasonably easy plant to care for. As a result, when it comes to planting care, it is preferable to err on the side of under-watering rather than over-watering.
Though the plant is less forgiving than the heart-shaped Philodendron, it will probably withstand a missed watering or two. The plant is also less prone to plant wetness and browning leaf tips than many other Calatheas.
Allow the plant to dry out thoroughly between waterings. The growing season (spring and summer, be sure to fertilize the Red Emerald once every few weeks). The leaves will turn yellow if the plant receives too much water (and hence is at risk of root rot).
Improve soil fertility while the plant is actively developing by scraping some compost into two soil without disturbing the plant’s roots. Then, every week, feed the plant a balanced, water-soluble, such as fertilizer For Growing, diluted at a rate of 1 teaspoon/litre of water.
Best soil conditions
Like many other aroids, Philodendron Red Emerald prefers wet soil that is not overly saturated, as this might cause root rot. Instead, put the plant in a well-draining soil enriched with organic matter and perlite.
Though there is no specific recipe, a pre-made soil mix explicitly formulated for aroid plants can easily be picked up at your local garden centre. If the soil you purchase is too heavy, then you can try adding some sand.
Aside from soil, one of the most crucial aspects of the Philodendron Red Emerald is that it has a pole to climb. Moss poles are frequently employed because they provide excellent purchase for the vining philodendron, but you may aid the plant’s climb by connecting the plant to the pole using clips.
Best light conditions
The Red Emerald, like the Philodendron Silver Sword, prefers medium indirect light, such as dappled sunshine or partial shade. Avoid placing plants in direct sunlight, such as in front of a south-facing window, since this may burn the foliage and cause the soil to dry up too soon.
As a result, the stronger the light exposure, the deeper red the plant’s stems will become. Though the plant will develop quicker at reduced light levels, the leaves will be smaller as a result.
Consider putting multiple philodendron plants together to ensure high humidity levels. Maintain home temperatures of at least 18 degrees Celsius to ensure good plant health.
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