Philodendron Green Congo (Big Plant)
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The Philodendron Green Congo is a durable plant that can grow to four feet at full maturity. As it grows up, it also grows out, creating a luscious array of deep, dark, shiny green, tough leaves. It is a tropical plant that is easy to maintain and requires very little in the way of care to thrive indoors, making it a popular pick amongst homeowners.
Because these guys can grow big and rather quickly, it is a good idea to make arrangements for a good living space before you bring it into your home. Your Green Congo is going to require a lot of room to expand and will require a pot of at least one foot in diameter.
Native to South America, this plant is accustomed to dryer temperatures and plentiful humidity, and it does very well in the average household elements.
How to Grow a Healthy Philodendron Green Congo
If you are interested in growing a Philodendron Green Congo plant inside your home, you will be pleased to hear it is actually quite simple, and maintenance isn’t something this plant requires a lot of.
Here are some tips for growing a happy, healthy Philodendron Green Congo.
Philodendron Green Congos are very sensitive to overwatering due to them being epiphytes with aerial roots. The best way to water these plants is to give them a good amount of water, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again.
Once your plant’s soil is dry about two-to-three inches down, then you will want to water it again. This typically means about 7-10 days between every drink.
Because the Philodendrons are so sensitive to overwatering, a quick-draining soil is required for optimal, healthy growth. You may also want to consider adding in your own natural materials such as mulch or woodchips to help aid in extra drainage.
As we mentioned, the Philodendron Green Congo is original from an area where humidity and temperatures are pretty high. These plants do well with heat, but not so much with the cold.
Keeping your home at a temperature between 70°F-85°F is ideal for these plants, preferably nothing lower. During the hot summer months, keep your Philodendron away from any air conditioners. During the winter, protect them from any cold drafts.
Your Philodendron will love you if you add a humidifier to its room or give it a few sprays of mist every now and again. It will show you how grateful it is by growing bigger, greener, and stronger.
Giving a growing Philodendron Green Congo food once a month while it is in its growing stages is a good idea. Any quality, evenly balanced house plant fertilizer will do just fine at half dilution.
While this plant will do well without a ton of lighting, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require any at all. Giving your Philodendron access to indirect lighting in some fashion will be beneficial to your plant’s growth.
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