Split Leaf Philodendron Care
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Split Leaf Philodendron Care

Split leaf philodendrons are relatively low maintenance and will do well in most households with a little attention…

Split Leaf Philodendron Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright areas of your home.
Watering needs:Let the soil almost dry out before watering again, you can check it once a week.
Fertilizer:A balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:A well-draining peat based potting compost.
Humidity:Higher end of household humidity. You can mist them daily if you like.
Temperature:20-28°C (68-82°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Philodendron bipinnatifidum.
Common issues:Root rot from over watering.


Welcome to our guide to split leaf philodendron care. The philodendron bipinnatifidum can grow massive with big green leafy plants that split when they mature, they are even sometimes confused with a monstera. Here we run down all you need to know to care for these leafy philodendrons.

See also: Pilea Peperomioides Care, Birds Nest Fern Care, Umbrella Plant Care.

Light Needs

A split leaf philodendron will do well in indirect sunlight, from medium to bright areas of your home.

How Often to Water

Let the soil almost dry out before watering again, you can check it once a week, but only water it if it is almost dry all the way through.

Tip: underwater this plant rather than overwater it, they must not sit in soggy soil as they get root rot easily. Check the soil and only water if mostly dry, and make sure you don’t leave the pot standing in any excess water.


Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer months to encourage growth on your split leaf philodendron.


Use a well-draining peat based potting compost for your split leaf philodendrons. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot

Repot up a size in spring if the roots have filled out their current pot. Repotting is a good idea as the bigger pot and root space, the bigger the leaves can grow.


Split leaf philodendrons like the higher end of household humidity. You can mist them daily if you like.


Split Leaf Philodendrons do well in most household temperatures, 20-28°C (68-82°F) just don’t let them get too cold in the winter, anything below 10°C (50°F) for extended periods can damage the plant.

How To Propagate Split Leaf Philodendron

Take a cutting with at least one leaf and one node, and then root it in a jar of water for a month or so, then once roots are started then you can pot it up into soil.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

They are toxic to dog and cats if eaten, causing sickness and oral irritations, makes sure you contact a vet straight away if you think your pet has eaten any.

Split Leaf Philodendron Vs Monstera

Although they are both fenestrated leaves the monstera can be easily told apart as it has rounded heat shaped leaves.

Split Leaf Philodendron Size

They can grow up to 2 or 3 (6.5 to 13 feet) meters high if given the right care.

Can Split Leaf Philodendron Live Outside?

They can do ok outside as long as they do to get too much direct sun and the temperatures do not drop below 12°C (54°F) too often.

Can Split Leaf Philodendron Grow In Water?

Yes you can take a cutting and root it in water, then keep it their indefinitely as long as the water is topped up.

Where To Buy A Split Leaf Philodendron

These are relatively rare, try one of the Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names for Split Leaf Philodendron

Philodendron bipinnatifidum.

Split Leaf Philodendron Care FAQs and Common Problems

Philodendron bipinnatifidum’s biggest enemy is overwatering and root rot, make sure you let the soil almost dry out completely before watering again.

Is a Split Leaf Philodendron The Same As A Monstera?

They are not the same, but they get confused a lot as they are very similar in size and colour and their leaves split, but they are shaped differently.

Split Leaf Philodendron Outdoors?

They will be fine outdoors as long as temperatures stay above 10°C (50°F), so bring them in when it gets cold.

Can Split Leaf Philodendron Grow In Water?

Yes they can root in water and can grow there for long periods of time.

Will Split Leaf Philodendron Come Back After A Freeze?

The bigger the plant, the more likely it is they can survive a freeze, as the frost may not get the entire plant. But freezing can do a lot of damage, so be careful to bring your plants in.

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