Philodendron Deja Vu
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Philodendron Deja Vu

In this guide to philodendron deja vu care and propagation we run down how to get the best out of this funky foliaged philodendron. The key to philodendron deja vu is medium indirect sunlight and do not over it it, the roots hate soggy soil.

Philodendron Deja Vu Summary

Light needs:Medium indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water when top 50% is dry, check it once a week.
Fertilizer:A balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:Well draining, rich.
Temperature:15-27°C (approx. 60-80°F).
Where to buy:Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Root rot and yellowing due to overwatering.


The philodendron deja vu is known for it’s split, rounded, elongated and glossy leaves. It’s really similar to a xanadu.

Light Needs

Medium indirect sunlight is best for a deja vu. They will do ok in lower light conditions too. I find that green-leaved philodendrons like this with no variegation are not too fussy about light and will grow ok in most locations except really low light.

How Often to Water A Philodendron Deja Vu

Water when the top 50% is dry, check it once a week. You do not want to overwater a philodendron, they can be susceptible to root rot from over watering.

Tip: they get root rot easily, so give them a well draining soil mix, and only water them if it is mostly dry, and avoid water logging by tipping out any excess water after watering, .


Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer months, this plant will grow considerably quicker if you feed it.

Philodendron Deja Vu Soil

A well draining and rich potting compost is ideal. I use a standard potting compost with plenty of added perlite for drainage to avoid root rot issues. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

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When To Repot

Repot them up a pot size in spring so that they have the full growing season to grow into their new pot. You can pot them year round to be honest, but spring is best.


50%-60% humidity is ideal. This plant will do well in the upper end of average household humidity. Give them a pebble tray of water under them, or mist them occasionally.

For more on philodendrons see our philodendron category with all our philodendron care guides.


15-27°C (approx. 60-80°F) is good day time temperature range for a deja vu. They will do well in most homes. Try to keep them above 12°C (54°F) in the winter/ at night.

How To Propagate Philodendron Deja Vu

These plants are best divided at the base when the plant gets big enough and has spread out and split in to a few smaller plants. You’ll need to take the plant out of it’s pot and remove the soil, then you can divide up the separate plants, then pot them up separately.

Philodendron Deja Vu USDA Zone

They can grow outdoors in zones 9-11.

Is It Toxic to Cats?

They are toxic to cats, seek vets advice if your pet eats any.

Is It a Climber or Crawler?

The Philodendron Deja Vu is s self-heading philodendron.

Philodendron Deja Vu Vs Xanadu

They are similar but can told apart as the serrated edges on the xanadu are deeper, there is more leaf surface to the deja vu.

Philodendron Deja Vu Scientific Name

Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum (it has been reclassified from philodendron bipinnatifidum).

Where To Buy A Philodendron Deja Vu

Always support your local plant store if they have these in stock, if not try one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Philodendron Deja Vu FAQs and Common Problems

Yellow leaves is a common issue and most often due to overwatering, so be careful to let your soil dry out at least 50% before watering again. It can be from underwatering – check if the soil is dry and the leaves are crispy, if so give it a good watering.

Philodendron Deja Vu Vs Xanadu

The deja vu is really similar to the xanadu, they are both cultivars of the thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum.

Additional Resources

Buy: we recommend a digital thermometer hygrometer (amazon affiliate link) to measure humidity.

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