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Philodendron Erubescens Care
The plant thrives in temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and does exceptionally well at regular room temperatures.
Set the plant in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Find a position near a window where the sun’s rays never actually touch the foliage. While it’s normal for older leaves to yellow, if this happens to several leaves at the same time, the plant may be getting too much light. On the other hand, if the stems are long and leggy with several inches between leaves, the plant probably isn’t getting enough light.
When growing philodendron plants, allow the top inch (2.5 cm.) of soil to dry out between waterings. The length of your index finger to the first knuckle is about an inch (2.5 cm.), so inserting your finger into the soil is a good way to check the moisture level. Droopy leaves can mean that the plant is getting too much or not enough water. But the leaves recover quickly when you correct the watering schedule.
Like other philodendron, the _P. erubescens_ likes plenty of moisture and heat to thrive, although it can withstand shorter periods of cold if it's well-established.
The plant does best in a loamy, nutrient-rich, quick-draining soil. If the soil mix is too heavy, add a little sand.
Creating new plants from your Red Emerald Philodendron couldn’t be easier and is a great opportunity to create free new houseplants for yourself or gifts for other plant loving friends. Simply cut the plant with a section that includes one, and preferably two, nodes. Then place the cutting in water and wait for several weeks (sometimes a couple of months), and roots will begin to form from the node. Once the roots are several inches long and the plant is water rooted, pot up the cutting in a well-draining potting mix and you’ll have a brand new plant addition to your home. Avoid overwatering your newly created potted cutting!
All philodendrons are toxic to humans, cats and dogs, as it contains oxalate crystals. This can irritate the mouth and esophagus.
Feed philodendron houseplants with a balanced liquid foliage houseplant fertilizer that contains macro-nutrients. Water the plant with the fertilizer monthly in spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter. Slow growth and small leaf size is the plant’s way of telling you that it isn’t getting enough fertilizer. Pale new leaves usually indicate that the plant isn’t getting enough calcium and magnesium, which are essential micro-nutrients for philodendrons.
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