Philodendron Black Cardinal
The philodendron black cardinal has long been collected for its rich dark chocolate foliage that eventually hardens off to an almost jet black color. The large oval shaped leaves first unfurl as a lighter bronze or burgundy red before transforming into their signature colors.
Light: Prefers bright, indirect light. It can survive in medium light conditions, but growth may slow. Do not put it in full, direct sunlight as it will burn the foliage.
Water: Water when the top 95% of soil is dry.
*We recommend Bottom-watering, sometimes called reverse watering, is when you place a plant in a bowl of water, allowing the soil and roots to soak water from the bottom up. (Naturally, your pot needs to have drainage holes for this to work.)
Humidity: Normal household humidity is fine for, but higher humidity encourages larger leaves.
Temperature: Your plant will grow well in temperatures between 70-80 degrees during the day and above 55 degrees at night. Keep it away from drafts, especially during the winter months.
Food: Feed once a month during spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants. Feed every other month during the fall and winter.
Toxicity: Philodendron leaves are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will result in swelling of the lips and tongue, and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.