Plant Care Philodendron Xanadu

Philodendron Xanadu

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 12/09/2022

4.7 out of 5 (37 experiences)

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About Philodendron Xanadu

The identity of this plant has been hotly debated amongst botanists until 2019, when it was declared part of the Thaumatophyllum genus. It has been known under many names, including the Philodendron 'Xanadu', and has many, small leaves which distinguish it from its cousin, Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum.

Taxonomy

Thaumatophyllum xanadu
Thaumatophyllum
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Cut Leaf Philodendron

How to care for Philodendron Xanadu

💦 Water

How often to water your Philodendron Xanadu

Water needs for Philodendron Xanadu
0.5 cups
every 9

Philodendron Xanadu needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Philodendron Xanadu

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Philodendron Xanadu in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Philodendron Xanadu: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Philodendron Xanadu may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Philodendron Xanadu in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Philodendron Xanadu

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Philodendron Xanadu: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Philodendron Xanadu after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Philodendron Xanadu is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Philodendron Xanadu Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Philodendron Xanadu prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Philodendron Xanadu Water Frequency →

Philodendron Xanadu Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Philodendron Xanadu may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Philodendron Xanadu Light Requirements →

Philodendron Xanadu Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Philodendron Xanadu is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Philodendron Xanadu doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Philodendron Xanadu Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Philodendron Xanadu does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Philodendron Xanadu →


💩 Fertilizer

Philodendron Xanadu should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Philodendron Xanadu →


🌎 Native Region

Philodendron Xanadu is native to Tropical South America.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Philodendron Xanadu bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Philodendron Xanadu is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Philodendron Xanadu →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Philodendron Xanadu can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Philodendron Xanadu Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Philodendron Xanadu can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Philodendron Xanadu →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Philodendron Xanadu, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Philodendron Xanadu

Philodendron Xanadu

Philodendron Xanadu


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Philodendron Xanadu has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 25
Philodendron Xanadu has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 19
Philodendron Xanadu has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 19
Philodendron Xanadu has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
Philodendron Xanadu has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Philodendron Xanadu has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
@michaelverhoef avatar
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leaf-1 13 Plants
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globe Leichhardt, Queensland
10/20/2021

I just think he’s pretty - darkish green leaves with a bit of shine to them

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leaf-1 49 Plants
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globe Baltimore, MD
10/20/2021

Love this beautiful plant

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leaf-1 120 Plants
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globe Perth, Western Australia
10/18/2021

Neglected the hell out of this fella but has still pulled through! Survived root rot and being soaked in water for weeks on end. True Philo!

Fast grower Fast grower
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Browns easily Browns easily
@lexsbedroomjungle avatar
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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 139 XP
10/17/2021

Seems to be a super easy plant to look after. Doesn’t require too much care and seems to love most environments.

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@asslynn avatar
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leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Dallas, TX
09/30/2021

My first plant & it’s has grown beautifully since bringing it home in July!

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leaf-1 48 Plants
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globe Ephrata, PA
09/29/2021

Fast growing and beautiful

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leaf-1 43 Plants
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globe Santa Rosa, CA
09/19/2021

some times whilst with to much water

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leaf-1 18 Plants
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07/21/2021

This plant resembles a lot, love it a lot

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@Haylsgarden avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 76 XP
05/25/2021

Love this guy! He’s easy to care for and doesn’t need much light.

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@mintqueen avatar
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leaf-1 18 Plants
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globe Portland, OR
05/20/2021

love this little lady. she’s grown so much over the past year!! so proud

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leaf-1 44 Plants
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globe Layton, UT
05/19/2021

This plant doesn’t seem to need very much but is always happy!

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@Cassandralouise avatar
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leaf-1 29 Plants
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globe Beverly, MA
04/30/2021

When I first got the plant it was super root bound in the container I brought it home in. Then it got root rot. I trimmed the bad leaves and replaced all the soil with new soil which saved her and she has grown new leaves quickly.
Watch for mushy leaves and trim them quickly or they spread to the rest of the plant!

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@Blacklily96 avatar
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leaf-1 14 Plants
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04/14/2021

When I purchased this plant the leaves were lifeless and hanging over the pot now my girl is thriving after giving it some water !!!

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