Split leaf philodendron care

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The Split Leaf Philodendron is a beautiful, easy to grow indoor plant. These plants are also known as the Devil’s Ivy and split leaf philodendrons have been popular for decades because of their ease in care. In this article we’ll go over how to give your split leaf philodendron the best care possible so that it can thrive indoors all year round!

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What is a Philodendron plant with split-lea leaves?

What is a Philodendron plant with split-lea leaves?
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The split-leaf philodendron is a tropical plant that is very popular for home planting. It blooms all year round and can delight the eye with its beautiful and rich green color of its leaves. The plant belongs to the genus Aroidae. It has large leaves with a split outline. The plant does not require any special care, so it is well suited for house flowers. But still there are some properties that are important to consider when caring for such a flower.

Care tips

More light

The philodendron split-leaf plant requires bright light, but not direct sunlight. If the plant gets too much sun, the leaves may turn yellow or become covered with brown spots, indicating a burn on those parts. The more intense the lighting in your home where you put this flower pot, the better the conditions for growth and blooming will be. It will be best to plant it in a pot and place the pot on the window sill of a window that faces south or east. It is important to make sure that it is never exposed to direct sunlight, even for a minimal amount of time.

Moderate humidity

Moderate humidity
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Phyllodendron dividifolia needs a moderate level of humidity. This means spraying the plant regularly or installing a humidifier in the room where you keep this flower pot. The air should always be fresh, but not too dry, as too much moisture can cause brown spots on the leaves. You can spray the plant with a sprayer, which is very convenient.

But remember that the flower should not be flooded with water. This will lead to root rot and the plant will inevitably die.

Pest control

You have to be very careful when it comes to pest control. You can buy special plant-safe sprays at pet stores, but you have to use them carefully because some of these products can burn your flower’s leaves. If there is a risk that something may have bitten your plant, or if you notice worms on its leaves, consult a florist for advice on what is best for it.

Pest control
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But philodernon in particular is not susceptible to pests other than aphids, mealy bugs and spider mites. They can appear if the plant is not given proper care. To prevent this, you can spray the plant with a solution of soap and water.

Wipe dust off leaves

Due to the peculiar structure of Philodernon leaves, it collects dust in them very quickly. Therefore, it is important to wipe the dust off its leaves regularly. This can be done with a damp cloth or sponge, but only water should be used. If you have children, they will love having fun wiping the leaves of their plant! The more often you wipe the leaves of your philodendron, the better it will thrive and bloom.

Correct transplanting

Remember that the philodendron dividing leaf requires regular repotting. The pot in which it grows should not be too small, but it should also not be too big for this plant. If you are buying an adult plant, when buying a pot for it, choose one that is at least 30 cm (12 inches) larger in diameter than the previous one. This will keep it from stifling its blooms and the plant will feel good.

Correct transplanting
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Repot the plant afterwards once in a couple of years. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent root rot. If the plant is growing faster, it may need to be transplanted more often than once every two years. Monitor this process by the number of roots in the pot. When the roots are completely full, the plant should be transplanted.

Watering schedule

Water the plant when the top of the soil is dry, but don’t over-water it. If you have a small philodendron in a large pot, add less water so as not to create too much moisture around the plant and cause root rot. Add an extra teaspoon of soluble fertilizer for every liter (quart) of water during the flowering season.

It is important to keep the soil moist from spring to fall, but in winter it should be left dry to let the plant rest..

Proper temperature

Proper temperature
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Phyllodendron divisorum likes a temperature of about 20Β°C (65 F). Don’t let the temperature drop below 15 degrees Celsius, or the plant will go into hibernation and stop growing. If you live in an area where this can happen, keep the flower pot indoors at this time. But in the winter the plant can easily tolerate a temperature of 16 degrees.

Soil selection

The soil for this plant should be loose, free-draining and humusy. Such soil is able to retain moisture without becoming too wet or drying out quickly. Avoid soils containing peat moss because they are not suitable for growing philodendrons. You can purchase special soil mixes specifically designed for philodendrons. You can also make a soil mixture from leaf soil, with the addition of top peat, vermiculite, shredded pine bark, moss, and fine woody debris. Gravel, claydite, broken bricks are also suitable, but they create a colder version of the soil.

Fertilizer selection

The feeding schedule for Philodendron dividifolia should be the same as for other climbing plants such as diffenbahia and gloxinia. During the spring and summer blooming period (March through October), a high nitrogen fertilizer is more appropriate than a fertilizer for flowering plants. It can also be a water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half with 10-10-10 npk. This will help keep the plant strong and healthy. Feeding should be done once a month. In the winter, leave the plant without feeding and start the process again in the spring.

Fertilizer selection
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It is important to strictly follow the recommendations according to the instructions in each type of fertilizer. Because an excess of fertilizer will lead to the death of the roots.

Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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