Philodendron Dark Lord
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Philodendron Dark Lord

In this guide we run down how to get the best out of your philodendron dark lord…

Philodendron Dark Lord Summary

Light needs:Medium indirect sunlight is ideal.
Watering needs:Check soil once a week and water if top 50% is dry.
Fertilizer:A balanced fertilizer every 2 or 3 weeks in summer.
Soil:A well draining potting compost.
Humidity:50% and above.
Temperature:16-28°C (61-82°F).
Where to buy:Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Over and underwatering.

Introduction

Dark, triangular leaves give this impressive philodendron its name, and it has dark burgundy undersides of it’s dark green leaves as well as dark red stems. The new leaves grow a dark purply green and then harden off into a lush dark green hue.

Philodendron Dark Lord Light Needs

Medium indirect sunlight is ideal. A bit above and below will be fine, they are fairly tolerant.

How Often to Water

Check it once a week and water if top 50% is dry. Do not over water this plant or let it sit in water – make sure the excess water drains off. This is one area where you have to be careful with philodendrons to avoid root rot.

Philodendron Dark Lord Fertilizer

A balanced fertilizer every 2 or 3 weeks in the summer growing months is ideal to encourage quicker and fuller growth.

Soil

A well draining potting compost is best as it will reduce the risk of root rot. You don’t want the roots to sit in overly wet soil for too long.

When To Repot

Repot as soon as it becomes root bound, and in any case do it every two years to refresh the soil.

Philodendron Dark Lord Humidity

50% and above is great for a dark lord. This is towards the higher end of normal homes, so consider misting them every other day or so.

Temperature

16-28°C (61-82°F) is the recommended temperature range. They do well in most homes, just don’t let them get too cold in the winter from draughts.

How To Propagate Philodendron Dark Lord

Here’s how prop your dark lord:

  1. Take a cutting with one leaf and at least and one node.
  2. Let it callous over and the wound to heal for at least 2 hours.
  3. Put the cutting in a cup of water-soaked sphagnum moss.
  4. Put it in a warm and bright spot in your house but out of direct sunlight.
  5. Be patient and wait for it to root, it can take anywhere from one month to three.
  6. Once it is rooted well it will produce growth from the top of the plant, and then you can pot it up into soil.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Be careful of over and underwatering, but this is a tolerant and fairly easy plant to look after. Make sure the soil is mostly dried out before watering again and you should avoid the common root rot issues.

Philodendron Dark Lord Vs Black Cardinal

The leaves of the dark lord are more pointed than the black cardinal, which has more rounded leaves.

Philodendron Dark Lord Vs Red Emerald

They both have similar leave shapes but the red emerald has red stems, but much greener leaves than the dark lord.

Philodendron Dark Lord
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