The Philodendron Dark Lord is aptly named for its large, heart-shaped leaves that take on different hues, from the brighter orange or pink to blood-red, before transitioning into a deep, dark shade of green with burgundy undersides.
This striking aesthetic confers on the Philodendron Dark Lord a truly lordly air. From the budding enthusiast to the seasoned hobbyist alike, plant lovers seek to add this magnificent natural beauty to their collections.
Once you finally get your hands on your own Philodendron Dark Lord, you’ll need to know how to care for it and also how to propagate it. This article will equip you with all the information you need for your Dark Lord to thrive.
Philodendron Dark Lord care
The Philodendron Dark Lord is among the larger plants you might own, and it will continue to grow provided it has enough space to do so. You will therefore need a pot of adequate size. You can start out with one that is ten to twenty inches in diameter and ten inches deep.
Your choice of potting soil can largely determine how healthy your plant will be. The ideal mix for your Philodendron Dark Lord should have good water retention but also drain well, to prevent root rot.
A mix consisting of forty percent coco coir, fifteen percent orchid bark, fifteen percent perlite, ten percent worm castings, ten percent pumice, and ten percent activated charcoal should give your Dark Lord the nutrients and proper soil conditions to flourish.
The Philodendron Dark Lord will not benefit from a regular watering schedule. While it may seem like the logical thing to do, following such a routine may lead to your plant being overwatered and developing root rot or other fungal and bacterial issues.
Before watering your Dark Lord, check to see whether it actually does need watering. You can accomplish this by using a chopstick or your bare finger and sticking either one a few inches into the soil in the plant’s pot.
When you withdraw the chopstick or your finger, the state of the soil should inform your next move. If it is moist, there is no need to water your Dark Lord yet. But, if it is dry, then watering is in order.
Properly watering your Dark Lord entails watering thoroughly around all the upper surface of the pot until the water flows out through the drainage holes at the bottom. The right soil mix should strike a balance between moist and well-drained after watering.
The Philodendron Dark Lord needs lots of consistent, bright, indirect sunlight. It cannot tolerate direct sunlight, and exposure to such would cause sun damage to its leaves and possible discoloration.
A Philodendron Dark Lord that is kept indoors should be situated at least a foot away from an open window to prevent direct sunlight from hitting its foliage. If kept outdoors, the partial shade underneath a tree will be suitable for it.
The Philodendron Dark Lord does not require fertilizer. However, some people opt to use a little bit, and indeed the Dark Lord may benefit from this as it may encourage fuller growth. If you go in that direction, be sure to use just the right amount.
When plants receive more fertilizer than they can process, the excess salts build up in the soil and cause fertilizer burn. The result is damage to your plant’s leaves, turning them yellow or brown and causing them to curl up and shed.
Fertilizer should be applied in measured quantities only once a month, in the spring and summer. This amount should gradually become less as the year’s end approaches and then stop altogether come winter.
Philodendron Dark Lord Propagation
If you follow the care guidelines outlined in this article, you will find your Philodendron Dark Lord flourishing until it will eventually be ready for propagation. To proceed with that, here are some simple steps you can follow.
1. Have a pot ready with the appropriate soil. This would ideally consist of moist coco coir, perlite, and worm castings.
2. Prepare a rooting hormone solution or powder.
3. Identify a healthy stem with one or two nodes with aerial roots.
4. Using pruning scissors, take a cutting just beneath the node.
5. Dip the cutting into the rooting hormone solution or powder you prepared earlier.
6. Plant the cutting into the pot with the potting soil you prepared earlier. See to it that the aerial roots are two to three inches deep in the soil.
7. Fill in the pot with potting soil and then water thoroughly.
8. Transfer the pot to an area where it can receive consistent bright and indirect sunlight.
The Philodendron Dark Lord is a magnificent plant that green thumbs and hobbyists want gracing their gardens or indoor spaces. With the proper care, your Dark Lord will flourish, growing ever larger and providing you with even more of itself through propagation.
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