Philodendron tatei ssp Congo green
Philodendron Green Congo
Philodendron green Congo is a rigorous plant that looks almost too perfect that it looks fake. As it turns out, it was developed by a researcher to create a desirable plant with
- Large, thick, and glossy, dark green leaves
- Vigor and quick growth rate and
- Self-supporting growth habit (non-vining).
Since philodendron Congo is still around after over 20 years since it was created, it's safe to say the experiment was a success.
Philodendron Green Congo Appearance
Philodendron green Congo is known for its thick and shiny dark green leaves that almost look fake. The thickness of its leaves help it to be pest-resistant. The leaves are large and oval, tapering at the tips.
This philodendron has an upright growth habit that is self-supporting and has a strong root system. The leaves and stems spread outward and keep a tidy and full look. Philodendron Congo rarely blooms indoors, but when it does, it grows a spathe with strong, sweet fragrance.
Overall, philodendron Congo is very robust, easy to keep healthy, and grows quickly.
Philodendron Green Congo Care
Philodendron Green Congo needs medium sun exposure. Place it in a location that gets bright, indirect light. Soft direct morning or late afternoon light is fine, but harsh direct afternoon sunlight can scorch the leaves. Direct light refers to the sun rays hitting the plant directly, whereas indirect light refers to diffused light.
Well-draining soil is crucial so that your plant doesn't rot. Commercial indoor potting mixes work well. To create your own indoor potting mix for your Philodendron Green Congo, mix 50% coconut coir with 25% perlite or sand and 25% composted soil.
Fresh potting soil should already contain good fertilizer, but it will eventually be devoid of nutrients as the philodendron uses it up. At the next growing season, use a balanced water-soluble fertilizer, following the instructions on the label. If you create your own potting soil, add new composted soil every time you repot to a larger pot.
Water and humidity
Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry. You can stick your finger in the soil or use a moisture meter.
Does well in a wide range of humidity levels, although it prefers humid over dry conditions.
Philodendron Green Congo thrives in a warm environment, ideally between 65-85°F.
Philodendron Green Congo Common Pests
Philodendron Green Congo is mostly pest-resistant.
Philodendron Green Congo Propagation
The easiest way to propagate Philodendron Green Congo is via cuttings.
Using a sharp pair of shears of scissors, cut a stem with 1 or 2 nodes right above the node on the mother plant. The node is a growth point where new stems or leaves grow. Either place the cutting in water or soil. If you're using water, change it every week to prevent algae and mold. If using soil, you can optionally use rooting hormone or just stick it right into the soil. Keep the soil slightly moist until the cutting becomes established.
Philodendron Green Congo Tips and Tricks
Place the philodendron Congo in an area where it can receive weak, direct sunlight (early morning or late afternoon). The direct light will showcase the glossiness of the leaves.
Wipe the leaves periodically to keep them glossy and free of water marks or spider mites.
Philodendron Congo has an elegant and classic look, making it a good houseplant to keep in an office or entryway of the home.
Philodendron Green Congo Common Questions
How much does philodendron green Congo cost?
We at Cal Plants sell them for $18 - 25 based on size.
Why are the leaves of my philodendron green Congo wilting?
If the leaves of your philodendron green Congo are wilting, it is probably not getting enough water. Check the moisture level in the soil, and if it's dry, deeply water the plant. Going forward, do not allow the pot to go bone dry. Rather, let it slightly dry out in between waterings. If the soil is saturated, put the philodendron in a warm area and allow it to dry out.
What is the difference between philodendron Congo green and red?
Philodendron Congo green is bigger than Congo red and has a more self-supporting growth habit that stays upright and tidy.
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