Philodendron Tripartitum

Philodendron Tripartitum Care

The philodendron tripartitum is easy to care for as long as you up it’s humidity…

Philodendron Tripartitum Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly, water if top half of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A high-in-nitrogen feed once a month in spring and summer months.
Soil:A well draining soil.
Temperature:18°C to 27°C (64-81°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.
Common issues:Pests, overwatering.


The philodendron tripartitum is known for its three-lobed glossy leaves on thin vining stalks.

See also: Philodendron Joepii Care, Philodendron Splendid.

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Philodendron Tripartitum Light Needs

Medium to bright indirect sunlight will get the best growth out of the plant. Do not give them any direct sun as it can burn the leaves.

How Often to Water

Check the soil every week with your finger, and only water them if the soil is dry at least halfway down.

Tip: check the leaves (including underneath) at watering time to ensure you catch an infestation before it takes hold.


Use a high in nitrogen feed once a month in the spring and summer months to encourage growth. They will be fine if you don’t feed them to be honest, but can grow quicker and fuller if you do.


A well draining soil is ideal to avoid the common issue of root rot. I like to use a mix of orchid bark, perlite and potting compost in equal parts. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot

You can repot them whenever they out grow their current pot, but you should check the roots in spring and make sure they have enough space as the plant will grow in the coming spring and summer months.


60% humidity is ideal. This is quite high, so if you have a drier atmosphere in your home then consider moving them to be with other plants as this can up the humidity, or give them a pebble tray of water underneath them.

Tip: Keep them humid, at least 60% in the day and they’ll be ok with a bit less at night. You can buy a humidity meter (affiliate link) to keep an eye on maximum and minimum levels.


Aim for a range of 18°C to 27°C (64-81°F) during the day and a minimum temperature of 12°C 54°F at night or in the winter, try to avoid cold drafts too.

How To Propagate Philodendron Tripartitum

You can take cuttings with just one leaf and one node and water propagate them for a really easy way to root them. Keep the water topped up and keep the cutting well lit and warm and it should root well over the next month or two. Once rooted, pot up in soil.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

It is toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and other symptoms so seek vets advice immediately.

Is It A Climber Or Crawler?

The Philodendron Tripartitum is a climbing philodendron.

Philodendron Tripartitum Common Name

The correct name is the Philodendron Tripartitum, but sometimes it is referred to as the philodendron fenzlii.

Where To Buy

Try one of these Rare Plant Shops. Or Etsy.

Philodendron Tripartitum Care FAQs and Common Problems

Be careful of pests on the leaves, check for them at watering time so that you can treat them before they really take hold. And make sure you do not let the plant sit in soggy soil as it can quite easily lead to root rot in a philodendron.

Philodendron Tripartitum Vs Syngonium Auritum

They looks very similar and are sometimes mis-sold as each other. They both have split tripartate leaves, the syngonium aurtium has shorter leaves than the philodendron tripartitum which has more slender leaves.

Philodendron Sanctamartinense Vs Tripartitum

The sanctamartinense has more ruffled leaves, where as the tripartitum has flatter and more symmetrical leaves.

Philodendron Barrosoanum Vs Tripartitum

The barrosoanum has much wider leaves than the tripartitum, each part of the leaf is almost as wide as it is long.

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