If you’re a fan of monstera plants, you probably love split-leaf philodendrons too. In fact, these two plants are often confused! They can look great together, so it’s worth it to know how to care for a split leaf philodendron as well.
While these plants look similar, there are some differences.
They both have large, fenestrated leaves, but split leaf philodendron leaves tend to be “curlier” than monstera leaves and they’re much more frond-like than true monstera leaves.
Like monsteras, split leaf philodendrons are also members of the araceae family and are climbing rainforest plants that can grow huge in the wild. However, a split leaf philodendron is actually a philodendron while the monstera is not.
Since they hail from similar regions and climates and have many of the same habits, care for a split leaf philodendron is similar to that of a monstera.
Here are our tips for growing a split leaf philodendron and keeping it healthy.
Choose a pot with drainage holes that’s about 1-2 inches larger than the root ball of your split leaf philodendron.
Plant in a peaty soil. An easy trick is to mix equal parts perlite, peat moss, and regular indoor potting mix for the right balance of drainage and moisture retention.
Repot every two years so your plant has room to grow.
Split leaf philodendrons prefer bright, indirect sunlight. Place them near a bright window but not directly in the sun’s rays, as this can scorch and discolor the leaves.
As a rule your split leaf philodendron should never cast a shadow. East and south-facing windows work best.
If your home doesn’t get enough light, you can supplement with a grow light.
These plants like to be fairly moist, so water when the top few inches of soil feel dry to the touch, which should be able every 7-10 days.
To water, add water to the soil until it starts to run out the bottom, then empty the drainage tray immediately or leave the planter in a place where it can drain for awhile.