Plant Care Split Leaf Philodendron

Split Leaf Philodendron

4.6 out of 5 (74 experiences)

Split Leaf Philodendron has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Split Leaf Philodendron has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

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! 🪲

Taxonomy

Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum
Thaumatophyllum
Araceae
Alismatales

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

Water

How often to water your Split Leaf Philodendron

Water needs for Split Leaf Philodendron
0.5 cups
every 9

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 located in Seattle, Washington.

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 Split Leaf Philodendron

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Split Leaf Philodendron in Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Growing Split Leaf Philodendron in Seattle right now

Light needs for plant Split Leaf Philodendron in Seattle, Washington

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 28th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Seattle is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant Split Leaf Philodendron in Seattle, Washington

Sunlight will decrease by 48.1% ☀️

November 28th, 2022

Seattle is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Seattle is expected to decrease by 48.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.0 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Split Leaf Philodendron in Seattle, Washington

Daylight will decrease by 2.1 hours 📉

November 27th, 2022

This month, Seattle is getting an average of 9.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 20% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.3 total hours of daylig…

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Finding light for Split Leaf Philodendron in your home

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

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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Seattle, Washington ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Split Leaf Philodendron

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Split Leaf Philodendron: 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 Split Leaf Philodendron after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Split Leaf Philodendron

Nutrient needs for plant Split Leaf Philodendron in Seattle, Washington

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 26th, 2022

The growing potential in Seattle is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Split Leaf Philodendron 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!


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Care Summary for Split Leaf Philodendron

Split Leaf Philodendron

Split Leaf Philodendron


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Split Leaf Philodendron has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 63
Split Leaf Philodendron has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 41
Split Leaf Philodendron has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 32
Split Leaf Philodendron has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 12
Split Leaf Philodendron has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 9
Split Leaf Philodendron has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Split Leaf Philodendron has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Jeranda avatar
@Jeranda
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 218 XP
globe Las Vegas, NV
01/24/2022

Don’t over water, he would prefer to be under watered. Clean the leaves with vinegar, oil, and water every few weeks.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Dcworkman avatar
@Dcworkman
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 109 XP
globe Hubert, NC
01/12/2022

A little temperamental with light & water, but when you find the sweet spot, it is lovely! Tropical appearance.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Roxanne avatar
@Roxanne
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 11,012 XP
globe Portland, OR
11/04/2021

Grows quickly and it’s leaves just get bigger and bigger.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Stacy avatar
@Stacy
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,851 XP
globe Bedford, NH
10/31/2021

I just haven’t had much luck with mine. It’s barely hanging on

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Icyeli_ avatar
@Icyeli_
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Victorville, CA
08/27/2021

It’s been easy to take care as of rn , I just repotted her so we shall see how that goes

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pearl avatar
@Pearl
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 71 XP
globe Everett, WA
08/24/2021

My first plant! So easy to take care of!

Waleed avatar
@Waleed
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe New York
08/13/2021

Gorgeous growth, come in light green but develops a deep green color. A very fast grower (philodendron hope).

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Kaitlyn avatar
@Kaitlyn
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 643 XP
globe Denver, CO
08/03/2021

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Plantdaddylove avatar
@Plantdaddylove
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 471 XP
globe Pittsburgh, PA
08/01/2021

LOVE!!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
The252 avatar
@The252
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 1,065 XP
globe Pittsburgh, PA
07/12/2021

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, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Lauane aparecida avatar
@Lauane aparecida
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 69 XP
globe Hamilton, Waikato
07/07/2021

Fast growing plant, super easy to care and beautiful! Mine is my pride and joy ❤️

Nkele_di avatar
@Nkele_di
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 170 XP
globe Pretoria, Gauteng
07/03/2021

An easy plant to care for, I mostly underwater her during the winter months. Great plant for beginners

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Nkele_di avatar
@Nkele_di
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 170 XP
globe Pretoria, Gauteng
07/03/2021

Easiest plant to care for!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Nishlaursen avatar
@Nishlaursen
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 803 XP
globe Arvada, CO
06/25/2021

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.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Megansjungle avatar
@Megansjungle
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 412 XP
globe Pearland, TX
06/21/2021

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!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Jrobin4 avatar
@Jrobin4
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 531 XP
06/16/2021

Big and tropical! I just wish mine would fill in a bit more. If so, it would be a five star and one of my faves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Js.cabral27 avatar
@Js.cabral27
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 283 XP
06/16/2021

Love to see how huge the leaves have grown so far! Love Igor!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Semira avatar
@Semira
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 82 XP
globe East Cannington, Western Australia
06/09/2021

Thrives outside on my balcony during the cooler periods of the year. Completely died when I left it in my room for a week and accidentally left the blinds closed. Cut off all the dead leaves and it’s sprouted 7 new leaves in 4 months.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Morgan avatar
@Morgan
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 127 XP
globe Norton Shores, MI
06/08/2021

This plant will live forever if you give it a little love! Mine is over 20 years old!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Victoria avatar
@Victoria
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 146 XP
globe Sheridan, WY
05/21/2021

It’s fun to see the leaves turn towards the direction of sunlight. It also seems like it gets bigger everyday!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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