Welcome to our guide to rhaphidophora korthalsii care, we cover all you need to know…
Rhaphidophora Korthalsii Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check the plant once a week in autumn and winter, twice a week in spring and summer, water only when the top half of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Use a balanced feed once a month in the spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A really well draining soil mix.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Common issues:||Root rot and over watering.|
The rhaphidophora korthalsii is similar in growth to the monstera dubia, it likes to climb up tree bark and when it matures produces beautifully split fenestrated leaves.
Tip: we recommend Etsy for buying plants. Look for the best rated seller you can, and try to buy as close to your home as possible so the plant does not travel too far.
Rhaphidophora Korthalsii Light Needs
Give your rhaphidophora korthalsii medium to bright indirect sunlight. The more light the more they’ll grow, just don’t let them get full on midday sun.
How Often to Water
Check the plant once a week in autumn and winter, and twice a week in spring and summer. Water them only when the top half of the soil is dry, they don’t want to be overwatered.
Rhaphidophora Korthalsii Fertilizer
Use a balanced feed once a month in the spring and summer.
When To Repot
Check the plant a few times a year by taking it out of its pot and seeing if the roots are crowded. Pot it up a size if needed. Check it at the start of spring and the end of the summer as it will grow heavily over the spring and summer.
Rhaphidophora Korthalsii Humidity
50-60% is ideal, they are not really fussy to be honest, but are a tropical houseplant so will grow well if given good humidity.
20°C-30°C (50°F-85°F) is a good range, they will be fine in most homes. Don’t let them get really cold in winter and you should be fine.
How To Propagate Rhaphidophora Korthalsii
You can propagate them using a bed of sphagnum moss to encourage rooting, then pot them up into soil in a couple of months.
Follow these steps to propagate Rhaphidophora Korthalsii:
- Take cuttings with one leaf and one node, you can make multiple cuttings at once by taking a whole branch and cutting between each node to leave a lot one-leaf-one-node cuttings.
- Get a tupperware container with moist sphagnum moss in it and ptu the cuttings on top with the nodes touching the place the cuttings on the moss so that nodes are touching the moss.
- Make sure the nodes are inside the moss by pushing the cuttings gently down into the moss.
- Put the lid on but leave it slightly open to let some air move to avoid rot, but to keep the humidity high.
- Keep them warm, moist and in medium indirect sunlight and they should root in a couple of months.
- Once they have rooted well, move them to soil, with some wood to climb up.
Is It Toxic to Cats?
They are toxic to cats if eaten causing oral irritation and vomiting, so seek vets advice immediately if your pet eats any.
Rhaphidophora Korthalsii Vs Hayi
The Korthalsii has much bigger but thinner leaves than the Hayi which has smaller but chunkier leaves. The Korthalsii’s leaves grow closer together and even overlap more when growing up a tree or moss pole.
Rhaphidophora Korthalsii Common Name
The rhaphidophora korthalsii is also known as Shingle Plant. Although there are a lot of similar ‘shingling’ climbing plants known by this name.
Where To Buy
For more on rhaphidophoras see our rhaphidophora category with all our care guides.
Rhaphidophora Korthalsii Care FAQs and Common Problems
Common issues are overwatering, they are not fans of wet oil which can lead to root rot easily. They will also get ‘leggy’ really easily if not given a wall to climb on (or moss pole, or even cardboard), so make sure they have a surface to attach to or they will produce tiny leaves on leggy stems.