Philodendron Purple Congo – Cutting Shop
£15.00 – £25.00[stock_lvl]
P&P is included in the price, shipped separate to potted plant and dry goods. Will be shipped bare root.
Philodendron ‘Purple Congo’ is native to tropical rainforests of east Asia. One of the rarer plans in the philodendron family. When the leaves unfurl they start off as a deep burgundy colour that fades to a black and as it matures it settles as a deep rich green. This colour changing plant is popular due to how unusual the colours are and works well paired up with contrasting coloured plants to make it stand out. This climbing philodendron will climb and thrive with the support of a moss pole for support. It can reach a height and width of 2 metres or more in the right conditions.
Toxic to animals and humans.
Fill an empty jar/bottle with water. Try mimicking soil conditions using an opaque one. Place your new cutting in the water making sure the node/aerial root is submerged. Let roots develop until they are 3-5 cm in length or even longer. The stronger your root system, the best chance of survival when moving over into soil. Once you have a strong root system simply pot up into appropriate soil mix for you plant.
Sphagnum moss Propagation:
Fill an empty container with slightly damp moss. Place your new cutting in the moss making sure the node/aerial root is covered. Let roots develop until they are 3-5cm in length or even longer. The stronger your root system, the best chance of survival when moving over into soil. Once you have a strong root system simply pot up into appropriate soil mix for you plant.
Part sun, part shade (indirect light) – Plants with this requirement are easy to find a perfect spot for.West- or East-facing windows are great for these or even a spot further away from a very sunny window.
Top Tip – Plants tend to grow towards the light – rotate your plant every time you water it to make them grow evenly.
Medium demand – Before you water always feel the soil the top layer should be dry before giving more water. This plant loves water but does not want their roots to live in water, so water well and then let the soil almost dry out before watering again. If the plant gets too much water, it is at risk of rot.
Water type unsensitive – Normal tap water is fine for this plant.
These are the recommended temperatures for your plant to thrive, making it happy and healthy: 16°C-27°C
Growth period – The growth period for this plant is spring/summer.
In optimal conditions, it should be fertilised during the growth period because this will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. You can use a diluted liquid fertiliser or sprinkle a solid fertiliser (Silver Soil Booster) on top of the soil. Always follow the product instructions.
Resting period – The growth period for this plant is autumn/winter.
Only fertilise this plant in its resting period if it is actively growing (putting out new leaves) and use a weak fertiliser at half the recommended dose. Most plants will go dormant in and stop growing so will not need fertilisation. If you were to fertilise a dormant plant it won’t absorb the nutrients which will stay in the soil and can cause chemical burn to the plant.
High humidity – This means keeping them in a warm, humid, draft free location. You can increase humidity by using pebble trays under your pots, by grouping plants close together, by misting in the morning and of course using a humidifier.
Toxic for animals and humans.
Aroid mix – You want the soil to be moist but well-draining. Use an aroid mix that is chunky, aerated, and well-draining. Try 1-part coco coir + 1-part orchid bark + 1-part perlite.
As with any plant, do not repot within 1-2 weeks of receiving as you need your plant to acclimatise to your house and recover from the stress of shipping.