The key to philodendron erubescens care is to never let it sit in wet soggy soil as it is susceptible to root rot…
Philodendron Erubescens Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if top half of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced feed once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A well draining potting mix.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Common issues:||Overwatering and related issues like root rot.|
The philodendron erubescens aka the blushing philodendron is a climbing philodendron, originally from Columbia, is a really popular and relatively easy to grow houseplant.
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Philodendron Erubescens Light Needs
They like bright but indirect sunlight. Do not give them any direct sun as it could burn the leaves.
How Often to Water
Check your plant once a week and water it if the top half of the soil is dry. Do not water it if it is any wetter because the most common cause of death in these plants is overwatering. Philodendrons do not like to be overwatered, less is more!
Tip: avoid letting the soil get soaking wet as it can quickly lead to root rot. Make sure you water them when mostly dry and don’t leave water sitting in the saucer under the plant which can waterlog the soil.
In the spring and summer you can use a balanced fertilizer once a month. The first time you use it make sure it’s well diluted and then gradually make it stronger just to make sure that the leaves don’t get burnt from the fertilizer.
Philodendrons like a well draining potting mix, it’s essential that they do not sit in wet and soggy soil so make sure you add a little bit of perlite if you’re using just a normal household multi-purpose compost. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.
When To Repot
Repot it when it becomes roots bound, the best time of year for this is spring, but you can do it year round.
Philodendrons like 50% humidity which means they’ll do well in almost any household, but if you have a dry house or a dry time of the year you can up the humidity by giving the plant a pebble tray underneath with water in it, or if you can’t do that give it a misting three or four times a week.
The ideal temperature range for this plant is 18 to 25°C (64-77°F). So they’ll be fine in most homes just make sure that they don’t get too cold in winter when cold drafts can damage the plants.
How To Propagate Philodendron Erubescens
You can easily propagate a Philodendron Erubescens, follow these steps:
- Take a stem cutting that has one node and one leaf.
- Leave the cutting to callous over for an hour or more.
- Put the cutting in a jar of filtered water to root.
- Put the jar in a bright window sill, but out of direct sunlight.
- You’ll need some patience but it should root within 2 months. Keep the water topped up during this time.
- Once the roots have established you can pot the plant up into it’s new container.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
If eaten it can cause mouth irritation and vomiting, so seek vets advice if you think your cat has eaten any.
Philodendron Erubescens USDA Zone
They can live outdoors in zones 10-11.
Is It a Climbing or Crawling Philodendron
The philodendron erubescens is a climbing philodendron.
Philodendron Erubescens Varieties
A lot of popular philodendrons are variants of philodendron erubescens, here’s a list of the varieties / cultivars:
- White Princess
- White Wizard
- White Knight
- Painted Lady
- Pink Princess
- Dark Lord
- Emerald Green
- Red Emerald
- Imperial Green
- Imperial Red
- Bloody Mary
- Black Cardinal
Where To Buy
Philodendron Erubescens FAQs and Common Problems
The most common cause of death or an unhappy plant is overwatering. It is very easy to overwater a philodendron, as if they sit in wet soil too long root rot can occur very easily. So the best thing to do is to make sure you are watering it regularly checking it once a week but do not water it if more than 50% of the soil is still wet. Make sure after you water that there’s no excess water in the container, tip it out. What I do when I water my philodendrons is I do not flush them with loads and loads of water I put in a little bit in and a little bit more until only a few drops come out the bottom and then I stop. They must not get a soggy bottom!
Is Philodendron Erubescens Ruby A Pink Princess?
The pink princes is a types of philodendron erubescens, bred for its pink variegation.
Philodendron Erubescens Vs Red Emerald
The Red Emerald is a cultivar of the erubesecens, cultivate for it’s red stems.
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