How to Care for a Showboat Philodendron


The Showboat philodendron is a variety of the Xanadu species. This evergreen plant looks very similar to Xanadu, but is slightly larger in size. The green, glossy leaves of this tropical plant have the beautiful, lacy cut-out pattern so desirable in philodendrons. The Xanadu species does not climb like many other philodendrons, which makes this plant a good choice for homeowners who want a nicely mounded shape in their philodendron. Showboat philodendrons require only basic culture once established.


Step 1

Choose a container that has drainage holes and a water catch tray on the bottom so that the soil will not become and remain saturated, as this can lead to root rot.

Step 2

Plant the Showboat philodendron in a planting medium (potting soil) that is comprised of equal parts vermiculite, perlite and sphagnum peat moss. Make sure it is sterilized, as soil that has been previously used can be harboring fungi.

Step 3

Place the philodendron in the soil so that the root ball is covered, but the stems are not under the surface level of the soil. Water thoroughly.

General Care

Step 1

Place the plant in a location that receives bright but indirect or filtered sunlight. Direct sunlight will scorch the Showboat philodendron's leaves. Sunlight streaming through a sheer curtain or a south-facing window works well. Or, place the plant where it will receive the gentler rays of the morning sun and be shaded from the harsher afternoon sunlight.

Step 2

Water the Showboat philodendron when the top inch or two of soil has dried to the touch. After the container is done draining, dump the water out of the catch tray immediately.

Step 3

Fertilize the plant every other week with a mild but nitrogen-rich water-soluble fertilizer formulated for evergreen houseplants.

Things You'll Need

  • Container with drainage holes and catch tray
  • Potting soil that is composed of equal parts vermiculite, perlite and sphagnum moss
  • Watering tool
  • Mild, nitrogen-rich fertilizer
  • Damp rag (optional)


  • Twyford International: Philodendron - Show Boat
  • Araceum: Philodendron xanadu
  • Learn 2 Grow: Philodendron 'Showboat'
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About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.