Black Cardinal Philodendron

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  • Color-Changing Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 3 Feet

With its color-changing foliage, the Philodendron 'Black Cardinal' or Blushing Cardinal as it is sometimes known, is a great addition to any room. Originating from South America, it produces large oval leaves that turn from dark red to green and eventually almost black as they mature. Even though tropical, the botanically named Philodendron erubescens 'Black Cardinal' can grow well as a houseplant and is relatively easy to care for.

Best Locations For Growing Black Cardinal Philodendron

The Black Cardinal Philodendron can be grown in any room as long as it receives enough light to prevent it from becoming leggy. It is considered a toxic plant and should not be grown with pets or children present. 

Black Cardinal Philodendron Plant Sunlight Requirements

As with other philodendrons, the Black Cardinal Philodendron grows best when it is placed in bright indirect light. Near an east- or north-facing window is generally suitable. However, make sure you avoid it getting any harsh direct sunlight, as this can scorch its precious foliage.

Black Cardinal Philodendron Care

This houseplant grows best when it is kept warm at a temperature of 65 – 80°F. Disliking extreme temperature fluctuations, it is important not to place this plant near an air-conditioning vent or hot radiator. The Black Cardinal Philodendron happily grows in average indoor humidity conditions, although if grown in a dry atmosphere it will benefit from being misted with water regularly. Although pruning is rarely necessary, any dead or damaged leaves can be cut away at the base of the stem.

Watering Black Cardinal Philodendron

The Black Cardinal Philodendron prefers to be grown in moist, but well-drained soil. Disliking an overly wet or waterlogged soil, this plant only requires watering when the top layer of soil has dried out. When watering, it is best to water thoroughly and let any excess water drain away from the soil. During the colder months, growth can slow and watering can be reduced.

Feeding Black Cardinal Philodendron

To encourage its large leaves and stunning color, this philodendron can be fertilized with a balanced houseplant liquid feed diluted to half its usual strength during the growing season. During the winter months, feeding can be reduced to every other month or omitted until the spring.

Black Cardinal Philodendron Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Clumping
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 3 feet
Mature Spread: 18 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red
Foliage Description: Dark Green and Reddish
Temperature: 65° - 78°F (18° - 26°C)
Humidity: Above Average (60% - 80%)
Common Name: Black Cardinal Philodendron
Other Name(s): Black Cardinal, Blushing
Scientific Name: Philodendron erubescens 'Black Cardinal'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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