Red Emerald Philodendron

Red Emerald Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens)

red emerald philodendron purifies indoor air of toxic gases

Main Points:

The Red Emerald Philodendron is one of the most common vining types of houseplants. It is a hybrid sought for its burgundy-red leaves. Vining philodendrons are among the easiest philodendrons to care for and are leaders in removing toxic gases from indoor environments.

The Red Emerald Philodendron prefers warmth and humidity. Stake it with water-absorbent poles (commonly made from wire and sphagnum moss).


Semi-shade to shade.

Philodendrons are sometimes attacked by aphids, scale insects and mealybugs if the conditions are too dry or too wet. Root rot occurs if the soil is too cold and wet for long.

Propagate new plants by taking cuttings at a joint and rooting these little guys in moist potting soil.

Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy, and feed regularly through the spring and summer with liquid fertilizer at half-strength. Mist often. Water less often in the winter, and do not feed.

Grow in standard potting soil or hydroculture.