The Philodendron Bloody Mary belongs to the Araceae family and is native to the tropical regions of Central and South America. This Philodendron is fast-growing and easy to care for. The plant thrives in a variety of growing conditions and makes for an eye-catching house plant. The Bloody Mary Philodendron’s young leaves emerge as burgundy but take on a reddish tone as the foliage matures. The stems also feature a reddish tone and grow in a trailing pattern, making this plant a good choice for hanging baskets. The Bloody Mary plant grows between 10 to 12 feet (3 to 3.6 meters) long with a spread of 9 inches (24 cm). The plant does not produce blooms.
Facts about Philodendron Bloody Mary
- Family: Araceae
- Botanical Name: Philodendron Bloody Mary
- Size: Under proper environment and care, it can grow as tall as ten to twelve feet and spread as wide as nine inches.
- Foliage Color: The new developing leaves normally start growing with a reddish color and then mature to become their normal green color.
- Toxicity: It is toxic because it contains insoluble calcium oxalates. This substance can cause mild to severe symptoms.
- Pests: The most common pests are aphids and mealybugs.
Care Tips of Philodendron Bloody Mary
- Sunlight: Philodendron Bloody Mary tolerates low lighting, but optimal growth is achieved with bright, indirect sunlight. Low lighting for prolonged periods often results in the plant becoming leggy, with excessively outstretched vines and leaves. Direct sunlight will scorch leaves and is to be avoided.
- Water: Proper Bloody Mary Philodendron care requires water two to three times per week or when the top inch of soil is dry. Water until the moisture runs through the pot’s drainage holes. Dispose of the excess water collected in the drip tray to avoid root rot. Reduce waterings in the winter when growth has slowed due to dormancy.