Split Leaf Philodendron
4.6 out of 5 (75 experiences)
About Split Leaf Philodendron
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 Split Leaf Philodendron (a misnomer shared with Monstera) and Philodendron selloum. Their flower stalk contains a set of sterile male flowers that produce heat. This heat amplifies smells that attract scarab beetles, which pollinate the fertile flowers! 🪲
Also known as
Philodendron bipinnatifidum, Philodendron 'Lickety Split', Philodendron Selloum, Philodendron Shangri La, Fruit Salad Plant, Lacy Tree Thaumatophyllum and Philodendron Millions
How to care for Split Leaf Philodendron
Split Leaf Philodendron needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Split Leaf Philodendron 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.
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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 Split Leaf Philodendron after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
What other plant parents say
I found this split leaf philo as a grocery store plant. It was looking overgrown in a 6 inch-ish pot, so I took it home & put it into something more appropriate. It’s been maybe about 2 years, and I’ve had to repot it twice- this time into one of the biggest pots I could find at the store, so I’m a little worried about what it will require next year. Either way it’s a good problem to have.. such an easy plant, that always seems happy & puts on new leaves quite frequently during growing season.
The aerial roots were definitely an unexpected surprise for me when I first started seeing them- from what I read they are primarily used by the plant for support, which makes sense. Because it grows so big, and the stalks/leaf shoots can get pretty tall- I’ve found this one can definitely benefit from being re-seated every time you repot it.
Oli, our split leaf philodendron, survived for years in a dark office with little care or attention. Now he is basking in sunlight and surprising us with new leaves weekly. In the office, all of his leaves touched the ground. Now he is more than 2 feet tall!
Large tropical plant with large lush leaves. We have had our split leaf philodendron for 18 years now we brought it back with us when we moved back to Colorado from Florida. Another one of our tropical plants that requires us to bring it outside in the summertime and bring it inside down to the basement under the grow lights in the winter time. Not really susceptible to pests like some tropicals that we have are. You probably noticed that a lot of the roots at the base of the plant are exposed, they are supposed to be exposed that way. Those exposed roots are how the plant holds itself up.
This guy can thrive outside down here in Houston! I lost it in the freeze and replanted one because I missed it so much! I was afraid it would be small forever but it is growing like crazy!!! I got nervous because some leaves at the bottom were turning yellow-brown and falling off but learned that that happens as they push new growth out! So don’t be scared!