Philodendron Imperial Red
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Philodendron Imperial Red

Our guide to getting the best out of your Philodendron Imperial Red

Philodendron Imperial Red Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water when the top layer of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:Feed once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:Rich but really well draining compost.
Temperature:18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Overwatering.


The Philodendron Imperial Red has amazing foliage with leaves that look like dark greeny-purple leather, and new growth that spurts out dark red before turning a dark purple green. It is easy enough to care for too…

Philodendron Imperial Red Light Needs

Ideal light is bright indirect sunlight.

How Often to Water

Water when the top layer of soil is dry. Check it once a week.


Feed your imperial red a balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.


Ideal soil is a rich but really well draining compost.

When To Repot A Philodendron Imperial Red

Repot when it is root bound. You’ll see roots growing from the base.


They like 50% humidity. Most households are 30-50%. Mist them two or thee times a week.


Normal household temperature of 18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) is ideal.

Where To Buy

Try out list of Rare Plant Shops.

Philodendron Imperial Red Propagation

You can propagate an imperial red really easily.

Follow these steps to propagate it:

  1. Take a cutting, make sure you get at least one node, as the roots will grow from it. And at least one leaf.
  2. Let the cuttings callous over for an hour or two to reduce risk of rot.
  3. Put the cutting in a cup of pre-soaked sphagnum moss, with the node under the moss.
  4. Put the cutting in a warm place with bright indirect sunlight and wait for it to root.
  5. Keep it moist.
  6. You should see the root growth in a month and then the plant will develop both roots and new growth from the top.

FAQs and Common Problems

Most issues are related to overwatering. Make sure you let the plant dry out sufficiently and give it enough drainage. Also check for pests regularly, for more info see our Houseplant Pests and Problems category.

Philodendron Imperial Red Vs Rojo Congo

The rojo congo’s leaves are bigger and darker, they look like burgundy leather almost. The imperial red leaves are green with a red tint and are more elongated and thinner, they start off red and get greener as they mature.

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