Philodendron Imperial Green
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Philodendron Imperial Green

Welcome to our guide to Philodendron Imperial Green care and propagation. The main thing you need to be careful of is not overwatering it, they’re easy to care for, but can get root rot easily, so always test the soil before watering.

Philodendron Imperial Green Care Summary

Light needs:Moderate to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water if the top 50% of soil is dry. 
Fertilizer:A balanced feed once a month in summer.
Soil:A rich, well draining compost. 
Temperature:18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try Etsy or one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Overwatering.


Welcome to our guide to the philodendron imperial green, a big, glossy, green-leaved philodendron. They are fairly easy to get and cheap too.

Tip: we recommend Etsy for buying plants. Look for the best rated seller you can, and try to buy as close to your home as possible so the plant does not travel too far.

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Philodendron Imperial Green Light Needs

Give them moderate to bright indirect sunlight. Too much can burn the leaves and too little can lad to a more ‘leggy’ growth.

How Often to Water

Check the plant once a week and water if the top 50% or more of soil is dry. Be really careful of overwatering, this plant must not sit in soggy soil.

Tip: the key to philodendron imperial green care is to underwater it plant rather than overwater it, they must not sit in soggy soil as they get root rot easily. Check the soil and only water if mostly dry, and make sure you don’t leave the pot standing in any excess water.


Feed once a month or so in summer with a balanced plant feed. They’ll be ok without feed, but do grow faster if fed.

Philodendron Imperial Green Soil

A rich, well draining compost. Add perlite to the mix to ensure good drainage. It is really important that philodendrons do not sit in waterlogged soil as they can get root rot fairly easily if water does not drain off.

For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot

Repot when the roots become crowded. The best time is in spring, but you can do it year round. If you are prone to overwater your plants, you might consider a terracotta pot for this one, as they do not like soggy soil.


50% humidity is ideal, these will do well in some households if slightly humid, if not, give the plant a pebble tray with water under it.


18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) is the ideal daytime range for a philodendron like this. It will do well in most normal home temperatures. A good minimum temperature is 10°C (50°F).

For more on philodendrons see our philodendron category with all our philodendron care guides.

Where To Buy

Check your local florist and plant stores first, then if not, try Etsy or one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Philodendron Imperial Green Propagation

The best way to propagate an imperial green is to take a cutting with a node and at least one leaf, then let the cutting callous over for a couple of hours. Then put it in water to root for a month, then you can move to a pot of pre-soaked leca, sphagnum moss or soil. Keep it humid until it has rooted well and is putting out growth form the top of the plant.

Philodendron Imperial Green

Philodendron Imperial Green USDA Zone

They can live outdoors in zones 9-10.

Philodendron Imperial Green Vs Moonlight

They are really similar plants, but the moonlight has neon green/yellow leaves that are yellower neon as they merge and then harden off to neon green. The imperial green has normal, lush green colored leaves.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

Yes, they are toxic to cats. The parts of the plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause irritation if ingested, seek vets advice if your cat eats any.?

Is It A Climber Or Crawler?

The Philodendron Imperial Green is a climbing philodendron.

Philodendron Imperial Green Scientific Name

Philodendron Erubescens Imperial Green

FAQs and Common Problems

Be careful not to over water this plant as root rot is a common issue. For the same reason, make sure it is a in a really well draining compost. Just make sure that it does not stand in waterlogged soil for any amount of time. If you have the plant pot inside another pot, make sure you empty the water out a few minutes after watering.

Philodendron Imperial Green Vs Congo Green

These are two really similar plants, they grow differently, though. The imperial green is a climbing philodendron, and the congo green is self heading, meaning the leaves grow from the top of the plant almost like a palm tree.

Philodendron Imperial Green Yellow Leaves

If you overwater your philodendron it will show on the foliage and cause yellow leaves. I do not flush mine with water, I normally water them just enough so that a drop or two come out the bottom of the pot. Then let them almost dry out before watering again. It is really easy to over water a philodendron, so be careful.

Additional Resources

Buy: we recommend a digital thermometer hygrometer (amazon affiliate link) to measure humidity.

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