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About the Plant
Philodendron Weeks Red is a rare and unique species of its genus. It grows in a rosette shape. Whether you cultivate it in the house or outside, this tropical plant is easy to grow, it doesn't need a lot of attention. In soil that is moist and rich in organic matter, this plant can grow well even in the shade. There are a lot of ways to grow them as a house plant: in pots, hanging baskets, or even in the garden. They look great in any room that is well-lit and tropical. Because Philodendrons grow well in very cold places, they can be moved inside for the winter. Make sure to stay away from frost and freezing weather. This plant is also great for landscaping because it doesn't need to be cut back for a long time.
Philodendron genus has a lot of different species. The name of the plant comes from Greek: philos means loving and dendron is a tree. Weeks Red species is a rare hybrid of this genus, first crossbred by an American botanist Ron Weeks. It originated in Miami, United States.
The weeks red species has spearhead-shaped leaves on it that can grow up to 4ft long. It is a big plant. The leaves are strawberry-colored having reddish-pink streaks on them when they are born. With time, the leaves get bigger and change color from strawberry pink to lemon-lime with green spots.
Your Philodendron weeks red will bloom when provided with optimal growing conditions, such as those found in its natural environment.
Even during the growing season, you will rarely see it producing flowers. In its native environment, it produces blooms that are white in color.
As it grows, the philodendron weeks red can get about 3 to 4 feet tall and spread out a lot. It grows along a main central path and grows roots along the way. There are two types of philodendrons, one type is a climber, and the other is not a climber. Climbers can attach themselves to a wall and a tree/palm trunk so they can grow beautifully. The Non-climbing types grow straight up. They are great plants for containers with foliage. Philodendron weeks red are the non-climber type that shows upright growth. Many types of philodendrons grow quickly, but the ones that don't climb or upright grow more slowly.
How to Care for your Philodendron Weeks Red?
It is fine if you do not plant your Weeks Red as soon as you bring it home as it can be kept for a long time by just placing it in a bucket. Make sure the container or bucket has about a half-inch of water at the bottom. Always make sure to put it somewhere that will provide shade. Mulch should be used to maintain your plant straight and healthy. While in storage, the mulch will also serve as a source of nutrients. This will provide you with plenty of time to choose the most suitable spot for your new Philodendron plantation. Moreover, it thrives in patio and indoor containers and is quite easy to grow. Moreover, 60% humidity and temperatures over 12°C are ideal for Philodendron Weeks Red.
Make sure you provide them adequate growth space; a 10′′ to 20′′ diameter, 10′′ deep containers would serve to get things started. Keep in mind that the looser the roots are, the higher and healthier your plant will be in the end. When the plant becomes root bound, its growth will stall, and it will be necessary to move it to a larger container.
This plant does not prefer wet soil, it thrives better in hydrated soil. Overwatering can cause the death of your plant. Make sure you let the soil dry out completely between watering. Test the soil condition by inserting your finger in the soil. Do not water your plant if the soil comes out with your finger. It signifies that the soil is still moist, which is a good sign.
Soil and Fertilizer
Philodendrons Weeks Red likes well-drained but moist soil. Remember you must keep your plant distant from wet or dry sandy soils. Fertilize your new plant carefully at least 6 inches away from the base, tri-annually using a slow-time released product. They will usually grow at a slow pace. The excessive salts in cheaper fertilizers will destroy the roots and possibly kill the plant. They demonstrate superior growth under 60 – 85 percent light, however, the filtered sun is more ideal depending on your region.
The weeks red grows best in dappled to partial shade. If you place them in a strongly illuminated area of direct sunlight, it is possible that it can incur leaf burn. Other than that, very less sunlight exposure is also harmful to the plant. Low sunlight might lead to floppy vegetation. Moreover, it is also preferable to let this plant become adapted to its surroundings by leaving it outside. Move it gradually into a sunny location over a week or two to prevent stress before planting.
In addition to natural light, you can also use artificial lighting. The healthy growth of this plant necessitates a minimum of 12 hours of daily exposure to artificial light.
Only prune your philodendron weeks red if you want to keep it from getting too big. As long as you prefer it to take up all the area in your room, don't chop it back. However, you must get rid of the plant's old leaves on occasion because the plant's growth rate is enhanced by removing old and yellow leaves. Consequently, it is a good habit. Make sure you avoid pruning during the growing season at all costs.
This plant is easily propagated. Water, sun, and soil conditions must be met for it to be healthy. March and April are the peak months for active propagation and growth through stem cuttings. Start by sterilization of a knife with an alcohol swab to get rid of the microbes. Now cut a 6 inches stem below the node. Put the stem in water or soil and you will see new roots emerging in about 2 weeks. It’s time to plant the stem in a pot. Place the pot under indirect sunlight.
It is a highly toxic plant and edible at all. Make sure to keep children and pets away from it as eating this plant can cause vomiting and other allergic reactions.
- As a natural air purifier, the weeks red can also keep you healthy through its air filtration capability.
- It's a drought-tolerant plant that may go into hibernation to conserve water during dry spells.
- It is very simple to grow it inside because it is a low-maintenance plant. You don't have to do a lot of work to keep it alive.
Common Problems and Treatment
The Philodendrons Weeks Red dies if it is overwatered, underwatered, was cold, or got too much sun. However, it is a pest-free plant but still, you should use pesticides to stay on the safe side. Philodendron leaves turn yellow and droop when the soil is too wet. They also turn brown if they don't get enough water or get too much sun. Cooler than 50°F can cause a plant to die.
Isolate a diseased plant as soon as the first signs of disease are noticed. If more than one-third of the plant's leaves exhibit signs of disease, remove them one at a time until the problem is resolved.
You can make an easy but effective pesticide at home. Disinfect your pruning tool with a solution made up of one part household bleach to nine parts warm water. Keep the plant in cool, dry conditions with adequate light, water, and fertilizer, and it may be able to recover its health.
Philodendron Weeks Red is a beautiful and lovely plant. It is so easily propagated and grown as it increases in its size in less than a year. With no water specifications, this philodendron species is drought tolerant and has almost all the good traits of a plant. As a problem-free and easy to care for the plant, it is best suited for the new plant lovers.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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