Facts About Philodendron Erubescens
The philodendron erubescens requires little maintenance; it flowers with glossy big leaves and is really a very beautiful bush like plant. There are a couple of different variants of this plant that include the Red leaf philodendron, which has red tinged stems; there is also the Burgundy philodendron erubescens, which has reddish colored leaves. This has been a popular houseplant for many years, since about the middle of the 1800s.
This is a lovely houseplant that can either be used as a climber plant, or if left alone it will leave a trail of stems and leaves. One of the reasons that the philodendron erubescens makes such a nice houseplant is that the temperature in most homes closely resembles this plant’s natural environment. The philodendron’s natural environments are rainforests where they grow in low to moderate light, and where the temperature is mild all year long. It is due to the fact that houseplants are often in low to moderate light with even temperatures most of the time that they thrive so well as a houseplant.
Caring for the philodendron erubescens is very easy and requires little effort. When the leaves turn yellow, gently pull them from the plant. You will have to mist the plant with a spray bottle to ensure that its environment stays humid enough. It is also advisable that you repot this houseplant every so often so that it does not become root bound.
Some of the problems that are common with the philodendron erubescens include root and scale rot, spider mites, as well as mealybugs. Although these pests can be a irritating, they can be controlled. You can control spider mites and mealybugs with horticultural oil; in addition there is some insecticidal soap that may also help control these pests. When using these products always ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
An additional step you can take to control spider mites is to make sure that you mist your philodendron erubescens on a regular basis to ensure that there is enough humidity. Having higher humidity seems to control these pests. Scale disease can be controlled by rubbing the area with a cotton swab and alcohol, you will also want to remove any diseased leaves as well as branches. Another option is to spray the plant with horticulture oil.
To grow philodendron erubescens it is best to start with a well-established plant, or a starter. You will need to keep them in a pot that drains well to keep from drowning roots when you water. When it comes time to move your plant to a new pot, you will set them in about the same position and level that they were before replanting in the new pot. When replanting always leave about one inch of room between the soil and the top of the pot. This is so when you water there will be a place for the water to sit until it drains into the soil.
To water this plant you should ensure that you water enough that the soil stays somewhat moist, but in the winter you should water less. A plant food fertilizer should be sufficient to help with nutrients. Following the directions from the manufacturer, feed your plant about once a month during the growing season. Do not feed the plant in the winter months, only during the spring, summer and first half of autumn.
The philodendron erubescens can be used outdoors as a climbing vine type plant, or they can be great indoor plants. As a precaution always keep this plant away from children as the plant is toxic if ingested; additionally, the sap from the leaves can be very irritable on the skin. Use gloves when handling the philodendron erubescens.