Rojo Congo Quick Overview
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Rojo Congo are a great choice when it comes to philodendron house plant varieties. With an abundant supply going around and being relatively inexpensive they make a great addition to any urban jungle without breaking the bank.
The world ‘Rojo’ is Spanish for the word ‘red’, which this plant gets for its vibrant colored stems. The Rojo Congo Philodendron is also native to South America like other similarly shaped philodendron varieties.
The typical size of a Rojo Congo when kept indoors with the correct care is around 1 metre high and wide. Pruning can assist in keeping your philodendron a more manageable size or create a more desirable shape.
Your Rojo Congo will perform best when positioned in bright indirect light. Signs that your Rogo Congo is getting not enough light is the plant looking stretched as it’s reaching for light. This can be resolved by changing the position of your plant to somewhere that better suits its light requirements.
Rojo Congo prefer warmer temperature conditions and will grow best when kept in an area which maintains a temperature of 76-86˚F (24-30˚C). When keeping your plant outside of this temperate bracket for prolonged periods of time you can expect it to develop health issues or seize growing.
These plants are also frost sensitive so ensure they are kept inside or a warm spot during times of frost.
Rojo Congo Philodendron will do well in a basic household humidity, but providing a higher humidity will assist with new growth. Although a high humidity assists with Rojo Congo growth, you’ll need to be careful as it will also encourage Erwinia Blight. For tips on how you can increase the humidity for your plant click here.
You should water your Rojo Congo once the top inch of soil feels dry. When watering your Rojo Congo be sure to water the entire surface to help prevent leaf problems from dry soil spots. Aside from solely relying on the watering frequency to tell when your plant is thirsty, a tell tale sign that your Rojo Congo needs water is drooping leaves. Just be cautious as drooping leaves can also be a cause of over-watering.
In optimal conditions your Rojo Congo should be fertilized monthly during its growing period (spring and summer). This will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. If your Rojo Congo is not producing any new growth there is no need to fertilize.
Rojo Congo requires a rich, well draining soil. Most premium indoor plant potting mixes with the addition of perlite work great at both feeding the plant and allowing water to flow.
Diseases & Pests
The most common pests that you can encounter whilst caring for your Rojo Congo are aphids and mealybugs. For a wide range of information on combating a large range of indoor plant diseases and pests click here.
Rojo Congo Philodendron are considered to be toxic if ingested. Symptoms that may occur include swelling of the lips, tongue or breathing difficulties. If accidentally ingested make sure to monitor for any symptoms and seek urgent medical attention.