Philodendron Pedatum
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Philodendron Pedatum

Welcome to our concise guide to the philodendron pedatum. The key to philodendron pedatum care is to let it almost dry out between watering and keep it humid.

Philodendron Pedatum Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight. 
Watering needs:Check once a week, water if top 50% of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A high nitrogen feed every 3 weeks in summer.
Soil:A standard potting compost plus 20% perlite.
Temperature:18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Overwatering.


The philodendron pedatum aka the oak leaf philodendron is an easy to care for philodendron with amazing leaf shape. This is a fairly easy plant to look after too.

See also: Philodendron Panduriforme, Philodendron Patriciae Care, Philodendron Rugosum, Philodendron Subhastatum, Philodendron Vs Pothos.

Light Needs

Medium indirect sunlight to bright indirect. These will be fine back from the window, they’ll tolerate lower light conditions than many other philodendrons.

How Often to Water A Philodendron Pedatum

Check your plants once a week, and water your pedatum if the top 50% of soil is dry. It is important not to overwater it, they die easily from root rot when say in heavy wet soil.

Tip: do not let these plants sit in wet soil, only water them when most of the soil is dry, then tip out any water that is left in the saucer underneath to avoid root rot.


Use a high nitrogen feed every 3 weeks in the summer. The high nitrogen content is to promote leaf growth. If you only have a balanced feed you can use that.


A philodendron pedatum will do best is a a well draining soil. You can use a standard potting compost and add about 20% perlite. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot A Philodendron Pedatum

Repot your plant when it is root bound and you see the roots growing out the bottom of the pot. The best time of year to do this is in spring so it has the whole growing season to grow into it’s new pot.


50-60% is ideal for a philodendron like this, but they’ll be ok in lower humidity areas of your home too.

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


The ideal daytime temperature range for a philodendron pedatum is 18°C to 25°C (64-77°F), so normal household temperatures will be fine. Aim to keep them above 10°C (50°F) at night or in the winter and avoid cold drafts too.

Philodendron Pedatum Propagation

You can easily propagate these with stem cuttings, take a cutting with one leaf and one node. You can prop them in water for a month first if you like. Then put it in a jar of moist sphagnum moss to develop. Keep it moist, humid and well lit to encourage root growth. After a month or two it should be well rooted and you can move it to soil, when you can treat it as a juvenile plant.

Philodendron Pedatum in the wild
Philodendron Pedatum in the wild

Philodendron Pedatum USDA Zone

Zones 9-11 are best for growing them outdoors

florida green vs pedatum

The philodendron florida green and pedatum are similar but can be told apart as the florida green has a reddish petiole, and the pedatum is green.

philodendron pedatum vs florida ghost

The pedatum has a green petiole, the florida ghost has a reddish petiole and it’s leaves can change color to bright white if exposed to light.

Philodendron pedatum vs squamiferum

They have similar leaf shapes but you can tell the plants apart as the petiole on the squamiferum is hairy, but on the pedatum it is not.

Is Philodendron Pedatum Toxic To Cats?

They can be mild to moderately toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and oral irritation. Contact your vet if you think your pet has eaten any.

Is It A Climber Or A Crawler?

The Philodendron Pedatum is a climbing philodendron.

Where To Buy

Try one of these Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.

Other Names For A Philodendron Pedatum

The philodendron pedatum’s common name is ‘oak leaf philodendron’.

Philodendron Pedatum Vs Florida Green

The pedatum and florida green are really similar plants. The main difference is the stem color – the pedatums are green and the florida’s are red .

Philodendron Pedatum Vs Glad Hands

The glad hands is a type of pedatum, it is more slender/thinner cultivar.

Is Philodendron Pedatum Rare?

It is not rare and you can buy them in many places (there are some for sale on Etsy at the time of writing). There are cultivars of the pedatum that are much rarer, like the pedatum variagata beauty for example.

Types Of Philodendron Pedatum

There are few types of the pedatum including the glad hands, pedatum variagata, pedatum red petiole. The Florida Ghost, Green, Beauty and other similar phildonedons are hybrids of the pedatum and the squamiferum.

See also: Philodendron Florida Ghost.

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FAQs and Common Problems

Be careful of overwatering, let the soil dry out 50% at least before watering again. Also be careful of normal houseplant pests that can take up home on their leaves.

Additional Resources

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


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