Growing Philodendron Erubescens Indoor

Philodendron Erubescens

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    Philodendron Erubescens Plant Profile

    Philodendrons are among the most exotic and beautiful plants in the tropical world. There are about 400 species of philodendrons in the world, including Philodendron erubescens, which is native to Costa Rica and the rainforests of South America.

    P. erubescens is a climber with long, narrow green leaves with red highlights. These plants are prized for their leaves, which have reddish, colorful sides that show up when the leaves cascade onto the growing surface.

    In its native environment, the plant is known to reach heights of 18 meters and sometimes becomes a fully epiphytic growth if its connection to the ground is severed.

    However, as a houseplant, your plant is likely less than 3.6 meters tall and easy to grow.

    Philodendron Erubescens Plant Profile
    Botanical NamePhilodendron Erubescens
    Common NameBlushing philodendron, red-leaf philodendron, imperial red philodendron
    Plant TypeFlowering perennial
    Mature Size24 to 36 inches as a houseplant
    Sun ExposurePartial shade
    Soil TypeRich, quick-draining, loamy
    Soil pH5.6 to 7.5
    Bloom TimeLate spring, early summer
    Flower ColorDeep red
    Hardiness Zones10 to 11
    Native AreaCentral, South America

    How to grow P. Erubescens

    P. erubescens is, for the most part, a collectible plant.

    They are less tolerant of cold and drought than other species of philodendrons, especially P. scandens, which also has a light red color to its leaves and is a climber (although with much smaller leaves).

    However, if you can provide enough heat and humidity, P. erubescens is a plant worth growing.

    It is very easy to grow as a houseplant because it does not need full sun. Its large, waxy leaves are exceptionally beautiful.

    Philodendron Erubescens


    P. erubescens is a shade-loving philodendron. They do not like the sunlight and should not be exposed to direct sunlight outdoors. Indoors, an east-facing window with morning light would be a good solution.

    Don't let the sun's rays touch the foliage; if several leaves turn yellow, there may be a lot of sunlight.


    The plant is at its best in fast-draining, nutrient-dense, clay soils. If the soil is too heavy, add a little sand.


    Water the plant when the soil surface is dry. They are drought-tolerant but do not do well if overwatered, which can cause the plant to rot.

    If there is too much water, the leaves will start to turn yellow.

    Temperature and humidity

    Like another philodendron, P. erubescens loves a lot of humidity and heat to thrive, although it can withstand shorter periods of cold if it stabilizes well.

    The plant thrives in temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and does exceptionally well in normal room temperatures.


    Fertilize P. erubescens once or twice a month with regular houseplant fertilizer.

    Potting and repotting

    Young plants are fanatical growers and will likely need to be replanted each spring, at the beginning of the growing season.

    After your first year, when you are ready to climb (or even your first transplant after germination), you will want to provide a climbing framework.

    The plant is not necessarily picky about what it likes to climb, but it can be difficult to train it to "grab" your cane and start climbing.

    To make climbing easier, gently tie the main screw to the bracket and pull it up. The hope is that you end up deciding to fill the position on your own. Older plants are much harder to spot because of the climbing cuttings.

    If this is a problem, simply scrape off the top layers of the soil and replace it with fresh soil and new fertilizer.

    Propagation of P. erubescens

    Like most vine philodendrons, you can easily propagate P. erubescens by cuttings and division.

    When removing a piece of the stem, be sure to choose a piece with several aerial roots. Older plants generate aerial roots with leaf nodules that simultaneously act as roots and adhere to surfaces.

    Toxicity of P. Erubscens

    All philodendrons are toxic to humans, cats, and dogs because they contain oxalate crystals.

    This can irritate the mouth and esophagus.


    Philodendrons don't need to be pruned frequently, but they can sometimes get a little too big for their space or become elongated and have long legs.

    The best time of year to prune P. erubscens is during the spring or fall, although you can remove yellow leaves or trim thin growth any time of year.

    To prune a philodendron, make cuts with sharp, sterile scissors or pruning shears.

    Cut where the stem indicates the painful part of the plant; If you can't see where it connects, cut the stem at ground level.

    Common pests and diseases

    The philodendron is vulnerable to pests including aphids, mealybugs, scales, and whiteflies.

    If possible, identify the infestation as soon as possible and treat it with the least toxic option.

    Enjoy This Video Tutorial About Philodendron Erubescens Houseplant Care

    Source: Summer Rayne Oakes

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