The Philodendron El Choco Red

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Here is a new opportunity for rare plant collectors: the Philodendron El Choco Red! At first, these delicate plants may seem misleading or difficult to get the hang of. There are a couple of secrets that need to be known before adopting this houseplant into your thriving jungle. 

Keep reading to find out why we can’t get enough of the El Choco Red Philodendron, and how to make sure it will be properly cared for when it arrives on your doorstep. 

El Choco Red Origins

The Philodendron genus encompasses a wide array of tropical plants. Some grow upright and compact, while others will trail and sprawl out their vines. This Choco Red is no exception. Originating in South America, this plant was discovered by botanists in Columbia, while growing in a semi shaded area of the jungle. To this day, this The El Choco Red Philodendron is named after the Choco region of Columbia where it first originated. In the rare plant community, the Choco Red can still be very difficult for collectors to come by.

At first you may be confused why this strikingly green plant has “red” in the name. Not to worry- gently turn the plant around to find its red coloring. Each mature leaf is a vibrant red shade on the undersides, like the burgundy coloring under Begonia Maculata leaves.

In addition to the coloring, don’t forget the overall shape and look. Each leaf is velvety soft, just like many of the rare Philodendrons we offer. It is just mind blowing to think about how their compact stems can support such a massive leaf display!

Caring for Philodendron El Choco Red

Create an environment that replicates their tropical home. All lighting should be indirect sunlight so the leaves will not burn.

Heat and humidity will only provide faster and healthier foliage. We recommend room temperatures between 17 to 25 Celsius. If you  have a humidity meter aim to keep your indoor humidity between 40-65%. 

Lastly, preventing root rot is crucial to protect your houseplants. For this reason, you may only need to water once a week, or when the top of the soil feels dry. This will vary based on the weather and humidity. If you plan to re-pot your El Choco Red, use a well-draining soil mix so the roots can breathe.

All of these steps may sound overwhelming, but will pay off for all of your tropical beauties. Follow along with us at PlantaSweden for all the resources you need for your plant journey. Ready to stock up? Shop all of our Philodendron El Choco Red currently in stock here at PlantaSweden