The Philodendron erubescens ‘Painted Lady’ plant, a long-loved yet intensely rare species appearing in few collections, will add lively colour and unique beauty to your home. Its vibrant magenta stems and short, smooth-edged leaves featuring striking, dark-green mottling will surely wow anyone who enters the room.
Native to the tropical jungles of Colombia and Ecuador, the ‘Painted Lady’ loves warmth, humidity and abundant sunlight, traits that recreate the natural atmosphere of their native home. This species’ luxuriant beauty and delicate foliage render it a popular choice for indoor gardens, balconies and terraces.
Tips for nurturing your Philodendron erubescens ‘Painted Lady’
The ‘Painted Lady’ loves light but does not thrive in direct sunlight. A bright, indirect location is perfect, or you can provide fluorescent lighting for 12 hours per day if needed.
The ideal temperature range for the ‘Painted Lady’ is between 16-24°C (60-75°F). Soil Type and Drainage
A well-draining, moist, yet not soggy potting mix is ideal for the growth of the ‘Painted Lady’. This can be achieved by mixing coco coir, vermiculite, perlite and peat in a two parts, two-part one, part ratio.
A warm and humid environment of more than 70% is best for your ‘Painted Lady’. Mist the leaves often to add moisture and keep it in a humidifier or place it close to the bathroom or kitchen (with a drain tray to catch any extra water).
Water your ‘Painted Lady’ when its topsoil is dry, typically occurring once a week. When watering, make sure to saturate the potting mix but avoid flooding, as this will lead to root rot.
Although not fatal, your Philodendron ‘Painted Lady’ is a toxic plant and must be kept away from children and pets.
You can fertilise your ‘Painted Lady’ once every two weeks with slow-release liquid fertiliser or a water-soluble houseplant mix.
Troubleshooting Pests, Diseases and Common Problems
Although relatively disease and pest-resistant, your ‘Painted Lady’ may still experience some issues. These can usually be remedied with simple measures such as good drainage, proper ventilation and adequate light. Also, keep an eye out for aphids, mealybugs, spider mites and root rot.
Propagation of the ‘Painted Lady’ is easily achievable by cutting and rooting the stem or through division of the potbound root ball.
With its confluence of striking colours, the ‘Painted Lady’ makes a unique and attention-grabbing addition to any home. But, if you have the know-how and dedication, its beauty will always remain timeless and impressive.