Philodendron ‘Imperial red’

Blushing Philodendron


Philodendron ‘Imperial Red’ is a stunning large leafed aroid, featuring a glossy reddish leaves and coloured underside.

A low maintenance, beautiful, fast growing houseplant, perfect to make a statement in any room. When it is fully grown, the plant’s lance-shaped foliage creates a cascading effect.


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Origin: Colombia
Genus: Philodendron
Species / Cultivar: erubescens var. 'Imperial Red'
Common Name: Blushing Philodendron

Plant Biography

Philodendron ‘Imperial Red’ is one of the many cultivars of Philodendron erubescens which include ‘Black Cardinal’, ‘Birkin’ , ‘Burgundy’ , ‘Green Emerald’, ‘Green Princess’, ‘Imperial Green’, ‘Imperial Red’, ‘McColley’s Finale’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘Pink Princess’, ‘Prince of Orange’, ‘Red Emerald’, ‘Rojo Congo’, ‘White Princess’, and ‘White Wizard’.

In the wild, the Philodendron erubescens can reach heights of up to 20 m, when climbing on tree trunks. Sometimes, the plant can convert to fully epiphytic growth if the connection to the ground is severed. This means that the plant will absorb moisture and nutrients through aerial roots and roots that cling onto the tree trunks and branches.

As a houseplant it will rarely flower. The flowers are deep red spathes, similar to those of Spathyphillum.

Philodendron 'Imperial red'
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 15 - 30°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Toxicity: Toxic to pets
Best to be kept away from pets. It may contain compounds that are toxic.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
Eventual Height: 1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Care & size guidance

Care & size guidance

Blushing Philodendron is a self-heading plant, meaning that it can stand upright on its own for many years. It may require a support to lean against when getting to a considerable size, however it won’t necessarily try to attach itself to the support like a vining philodendron.

Keep the Philodendron ‘Imperial Red’ in a very bright spot, away from direct sunlight, to keep it thriving. It will tolerate lower levels of light, but this may lead to the plant losing its brown reddish hue.

Philodendrons are heavy feeders, and when happy will push more and more large leaves. Feed with a high nitrogen fertiliser, and if available apply a organic booster (seaweed based).



Water when the top layer of the soil is dry to the touch. Avoid keeping the roots in water as this will lead to root rot. If you’re unsure how often to water, it’s better to keep the plant a bit underwatered, leaving the soil to dry between waterings.

Compared to other Philodendrons, the Blushing Philodendron is more drought tolerant, and it can go for a while with dry soil.

Avoid leaving water drops on the plant as it may lead to bacterial or fungal infections.

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