Select me for : Foliage Contrast
Indoor Light Needs : Filtered Bright
Patio Position : Protect from direct sun & cold nights.
There’s no shortage of Philodendron varieties available at the moment. Each variety tends to have it’s own rules as to how it wants to be grown & cared for. ‘Imperial Red’ will grow indoors providing it is in a well lit space. Like many Philodendrons it would be best suited outdoors in a protected spot under the shade of a tree or pergola. The seasonal extremes of Adelaide’s climate mean you have to protect it from cold night time temperatures in winter & equally from hot northerly winds & scorching summer sunlight. With this considered you can find the best spot for it inside your house. In summer try a warm, bright position out of direct sun. In winter expect growth to slow down and watering to reduce also. Perhaps a north facing lounge or bathroom year round.
Plant Notes : Brand new leaves emerge as a deep red & then fade to a dark burgundy over time. Can ‘sulk’ over winter but avoid overwatering in an effort to speed up growth. A dose of liquid fertiliser in late August, & then every 6-8 weeks until May will give you decent growth & overall health.
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