How to care for your Philodendron Black Cardinal?
The Philodendron species thrive in a bright but indirect sunlight. It will tolerate darker spots but the leaves probably will not grow bigger. The Philodendron Black Cardinal is one of those plants which are even more beautiful when they grow bigger. So a good amount of light during the day is essential for this ‘big black beauty’.
It doesn’t use too much water depending on your own climate. The plant likes it when the soil is a little moist. Make sure the soil doesn’t dry out.
The Philodendron Black Cardinal likes an airy soil mix which is well draining. Try using perlite and pine bark with coco coir to keep light. If you don’t like the hassle of making your own soil you can try using our Deluxe aroid mix. Alternately you can go for a hydroponic mix like Pon or Grit.
Like most aroids the Philodendron likes a humid environment. The humidity should be at least 50%. However to let you plant thrive we advise to keep the humidity up a bit more, around 60% to 70% ideally.
In the summer months you can fertilise the plant once every other week. In the colder and winter months no fertiliser is needed. Please always check the instructions on your own fertiliser if it has other care instructions.
The best time to repot is during the beginning of the growing season. Check if your plant is root bound in it’s nursery pot. Then it’s time to move it to a bigger size pot of around 2 cm extra.
The Philodendron is toxic for humans and animals if ingested.