Philodendron El Choco Red
Philodendron,  Plant Care

Philodendron El Choco Red

Without a doubt one of the most loved philodendrons, we run down all you need to know about philodendron el choco red care…

Philodendron El Choco Red Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water when the top half of the soil is dry, check once a week.
Fertilizer:A high nitrogen feed once a month in spring and summer 
Soil:A mix of orchid bark, perlite and regular compost.
Humidity:60%.
Temperature:18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Philodendron rubrijuvenilum ‘El Choco Red’.
Common issues:Root rot from overwatering.

Introduction

Welcome to our guide to the philodendron el choco red, know for the impressive red hue to it’s leaves.

See also: Philodendron Splendid, Philodendron Mamei Care, Philodendron Pink Princess Care, Philodendron Rugosum, Philodendron Florida Ghost, Philodendron Billietiae.

Light Needs

Keep it out of direct sunlight, but as much bright indirect sunlight as you can give it.

How Often To Water A Philodendron El Choco Red

Water it when the top half of the soil is dry, check once a week with your finger. You do not want to over water a philodendron so be careful, and make sure you don’t leave excess water in the external pot after watering time.

Fertilizer

Give your plant a high nitrogen feed once a month in spring and summer to encourage growth.

Soil

A mix of orchid bark, perlite and regular compost is a great chunky and well draninig mix for a Philodendron El Choco Red.

When To Repot

Check the plants roots twice a year, at the start and end of the of growing season. If the roots are crowded, repot it.

Humidity

60% humidity will get the best out of the plant, they are tropical houseplants and like a humid environment.

Temperature

18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) is optimal, but they will withstand down to 10°C(50°F) at night.

Philodendron El Choco Red Vs Verrucosum

The philodendron el choco red vs verrucosum can be told apart by looking at the petiole which is hairy on the verrucosum, and not on the le choco red. They are really similar in other aspects as they are both climbing, red-hued philodendrons.

How Do You Root El Choco Red?

The best way to root an el choco red is to take a cutting with one leaf and one node, leave it for an hour or two for the wound to heal, then plant it up in moist sphagnum moss to root. Keep it humid, warm and well lit and it will root over then next few weeks.

You can also root it in water, soil, perlite or leca. I prefer moss as you get less rot than soil but more air to the roots.

Philodendron El Choco Red Scientific Name

Philodendron rubrijuvenilum ‘El Choco Red’.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs And Common Problems

Root rot from overwatering is a real issue with philodendrons, so make sure you use a well draining mix and do not let them sit in wet soggy soil.

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