The Philodendron Rojo Congo is a tropical beauty with big lush leaves. It gets the name “Rojo” from its new leaves, which unfurl in a deep, shiny red. As the leaves mature, they fade to a burgundy green colour.
Scientific name: Philodendron Rojo Congo
Difficulty level – Easy
Thrives in bright, indirect light. Definitely keep away from direct sunlight as it will burn the leaves.
These guys enjoy a moderate amount of water, keeping the soil slightly moist, but ensuring that the top inch or so dries out between waterings.
Feed with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first 6 months). During the warmer months, he likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch him sprout fresh new leaves.
This guy is a fast grower in the warmer months and will eventually try to start climbing when he gets big enough. He’s not a huge fan of the cold weather, though, so try to keep him in a warm spot away from draughts during winter.
He will also love you more if you give his leaves a wipe down on occasion to remove dust and spritz to create a more humid environment.
Watch out! This guy is toxic to pets, and mini me’s if eaten.
Use a soil moisture metre to check how damp the soil is rather than digging with your finger.