You might know this plant as the “split leaf” philodendron. It’s a very common and popular houseplant because it lives for years with practically no care, aside from occasional watering. The many species in the philodendron genus are native to jungles in Central and South America, where they climb trees and thrive on the humidity, low light and rich humus that makes up the soil. If you provide a support stake or small trellis, many species of philodendron will climb and fill a corner or unattractive wall in your home with lush, tropical foliage.
Caring for Philodendrons
Transplant your philodendron into a large, decorative pot 2 to 3 times the size of the nursery pot. Use any potting soil designed for houseplants. Be sure to place the pot on a plant saucer.
Water your newly transplanted philodendron at least once a week until you see signs of new growth, then allow the soil to dry out before you water it again. Usually, watering a philodendron every two weeks is sufficient. Water even less during the winter.
Philodendrons can easily become sunburned, so keep yours in an spot that receives filtered or indirect sunlight.
Provide a temperature between 60 and 85 F. Philodendrons can withstand lower temperatures—as low as 36 F—for short periods of time.
Fertilize your plant twice each year—in spring and mid summer—with an all-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer. Dilute it according to instructions on the label.