How to get the best out of your philodendron rio…
Philodendron Rio Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect light.|
|Watering needs:||Water if top 50% of soil is dry, check once a week.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced feed once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A well draining compost.|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Loss of variegation due to low light.|
The philodendron rio is a variegated philodendron hederaceum, very similar to the brasil, but with a more striking thin central variegation, and it has a dash of silver on it. This ‘sport’ was developed, and is sold by, Gabriella Plants (source), see also the Gabby sport.
Medium to bright indirect light is great for these, they will tolerate lower light too. Just watch to make sure their variegation does not fade too much and then improve the light if it does, move it towards a brighter window.
How Often to Water
Water if the top 50% of soil is dry, check it once a week. They don’t want to sit in water after watering, so make sure you drain out any excess after watering.
Philodendron Rio Fertilizer
You can feed it a balanced feed once a month in spring and summer to encourage growth.
A well draining compost is ideal, add some perlite if you use standard compost.
When To Repot
Repot it when it gets pot bound up a size. The best time to do this is in spring.
Philodendron Rio Humidity
A rio will do well in most parts of your home but if you give it a bit more humidity (like 50-60%) they can grow larger, especially the leaves.
18°C-27°C (64-81°F) is the best range for them, so they’ll be at home in your home! Watch out for cold and draughts in the winter though, down to below 10°C (50°F) can be a problem for them.
Philodendron Rio Vs Silver Stripe
The rio has and silver stripe are really similar, both a rea green with cream and silver variegation down the center. The main difference is that the silver stripe’s green is much darker.
Where To Buy
Other Names For Philodendron Rio
Philodendron hederaceum rio.
FAQs and Common Problems
They can lose their variegation and become leggy if kept in lower light areas, if this happens, move it closer to the window.