The Philodendron Ring of Fire is a captivating plant known for its fiery foliage that ranges from deep green to vibrant shades of red and orange. This unique and visually striking plant adds a touch of tropical allure to any indoor space. To ensure your Philodendron Ring of Fire thrives and displays its radiant beauty, follow our care guide below:
Place your Philodendron Ring of Fire in bright, indirect light but it can tolerate morning direct sun. Avoid exposing it to direct afternoon sunlight, as it can scorch the delicate leaves. This plant is not suited for low light conditions as it can cause etiolation and loss of color. A spot near a West or East-facing window is usually ideal.
Not sure if your space will provide enough light? Consider measuring light to ensure your Philodendron will receive enough. If you find your space doesn't provide enough light then consider installing a grow light to keep over the plant for 8-12 hours a day.
Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Stick your finger into the soil or use a moisture meter to gauge moisture levels. Water thoroughly when the soil is completely dry, ensuring that excess water drains from the pot's bottom. Avoid letting the plant sit in standing water, as this can lead to root rot.
The Philodendron Ring of Fire will appreciate higher humidity levels. If your indoor environment is dry, consider placing a wet pebble tray underneath the plant to increase humidity.
You can also use a humidifier to keep the air around your Philodendron moist more consistenly, especially during the Winter months when indoor air tends to be dry. Not sure if humidity is high enough? You can measure the level of humidity with a hygrometer or LTH meter.
Keep your Philodendron Ring of Fire in an environment with temperatures ranging from 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Avoid exposing it to sudden temperature fluctuations and drafts, which can stress the plant.
Any standard, well-draining potting mix that is rich in organic matter like compost or worm castings will be ideal for the Philodendron. Be sure to repot your Philodendron every 1-2 years to ensure that it has enough room to grow and to refresh the soil with nutrients. Adding perlite or orchid bark can improve aeration and drainage.
Trellis or Support
As your Philodendron Ring of Fire grows, consider providing a trellis or coco coir covered support for it to climb on. This not only enhances its appearance but also mimics its natural growth habit.
Philodendron Ring of Fire can be propagated through stem cuttings. Take a healthy cutting with a few leaves and a node, and place it in water or moist soil until roots develop.
Here are some common problems you may encounter when caring for Philodendron:
SYMPTOM: Yellowing leaves, mushy blackened base
SYMPTOM: Wilting and curling leaves, dry potting mix
SYMPTOM: Leaf spots
CAUSE: Fungal infection