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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Help With My Split Leafed Philodendron

Hello everyone.


I am actually looking for help from my readers this time. My split leafed philodendron which you can see a picture from about 1 1/2 years ago is growing out of control. Caring for Split Leaf Philodendron. It is now about 6 feet wide in diameter and about 3 feet tall.


I have been reading posts on forums all over about split leafed philodendrons and what they are, what they aren't, etc. Some are saying it is a climbing plant, others say it is not. Some posts say you can trim it and take cuttings, some say not. So I am looking for my readers help. If you have any information about Split Leafed Philodendrons that can help me and getting mine back to manageable or just how I should be handling it's size, I would greatly appreciate it.


This is one of my favorite plants in terms of appearance, I just don't want to trim it or try training it up a stake and hurt it. I love it's hugeness, but I'm running out of room with all the other plants.


In advance thank you for all my houseplant readers.


Happy Growing!!!


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17 Comments:

Anonymous jacy said...

hah! i can relate to this space problem :)

4:04 AM  
Blogger luck on my side said...

I have taken several successful cuttings from my split leaf plant. I cut so I have several leaves on the cutting, I make sure there are some short nodes on the cutting. In water these nodes turn into roots. I just put it into regular hard water from the city tap. I wait a couple weeks to see growth and then let roots get substantially long before transplanting. The cut part of the plant starts to regrow where it had been cut. I have taken some cuttings half-way down and everything grew back fine.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Jeana said...

I have also successfully split my spkit leave several times any way I want (knife, chainsaw if you have to) and hadve no problems. As long as there are leaves and roots on each part that you are transplanting you should be able to put it directly in soil, water, and watch it get out of control again in the next year or two!

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my split leaf for about a year. When I got it the main satlk was maybe 3 feet long. there were also 3 other shorter sprouts. My mum had had it for several years, and it hadn't grown much. Since I've had it I've taken several cuttings, and tried different light levels in the places I've put them. The first cutting was under a skylight, and took almost a month to grow a new leaf. It was getting a fairly large amount of light. The next few cutting I gave to my neighbours in the basement suite next door.. where they keep them fairly high off the ground like I do, and they took much faster. I case you're wondering my main stalk has gained a good 7 feet in length in the time i've had it. I would agree that yo don't need to grow roots in the water, and if you can plant a few air roots in the soil when you transplant it, as well as the cut stalk... they'll take one way or another. If anything taking cutting give them an excuse to grow more foliage, which they seem to love doing once established.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous jord said...

there is a lot of confusion about split-leaf philodendrons. the plant that most people refer to as a split-leaf philodendron is not actually part of the philodendron genus but is a plant monstera deliciosa. it is very similar to many philodendrons and other monsteras. if the "trunk" or stem or vine of your plant has a sort of scaly pattern like a pineapple then it is most likely a philodendron bipinnatifidum, and is NOT a climbing plant. if it is a monstera deliciosa then it is indeed a climber.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a split leaf philodendron that's 5yrs old.I had the same staking problem.I noticed the leaves turn to the light,so when
the stem gets too far out,I turn the plant.This has caused it to grow in a spiral and is self supporting.It has 9 leaves 24x24
inches and covers 6ftx6ftx5ft high.
This one I started by taking one leaf with about 2 inches of stem on each side of the base(no roots)and put it in a pot of potting soil and kept it wet for several days.The leaf didn't even wilt or show any loss.I do know that they are very poisonous.Several years ago I threw one out and found my saddle horse dead the next morning.
It causes congestive heart failure.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello everyone. A good friend of mine had a split leaf P. and took many clipings to witch wonderful new plants were started and was also able have it flower. The flower produced a thing that looked like a cob of corn and tasted between a banana and a peach. It was a fairly old plant about 5' wide and spent it's intire life indoors... Schults liquid plant food for every watering is all that was used. It was in a very large pot on wheels and had no more than early morning sun. I hope this helps some.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

i ALSO HAVE A "SPLIT lEAF" PLANT. i BOUGHT THIS LITTLE PLANT AT A $1.00 STORE FOR 99 CENTS THINKING IT WAS JUST A ORDINDARY PLANT. WELL, TO MY AMAZEMENT, THIS 'PLANT' KEPT GROWING..I IOULD NOT FIGURE OUT WHAT KIND OF PLANT THIS WAS, UNTIL THE LEAVES START 'SPLITTING'..THEN I WAS ABLE TO GOOGLE IT. I HAVE TO PUT STAKES IN THE SOIL TO HOLD IT UP. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS A TREE PLANT THE LEAVES ARE HUGE.BUT NOT MANY..HOW HIGH WILL THIS PLANT GET? AND WILL I HAVE TO ALWAYS USE THE STAKES? WHEN I TAKE THE STAKES OUT. IT FALLS LIMP..AS FOR THE LONG BROWN ROOT TYPE. THE FIRST ONE THAT APPEARED, I TOLD MYSELF..OH, THIS IS MY LITTLE MAN PLANT.LOL..I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS.NOW I KNOW..
THANKS

8:20 AM  
Blogger Misty said...

I am not sure if I have a Monstera Deliciosa or a Philodendron, but after I moved, it hasn't been happy. Leaves are continually popping up... but not splitting. Now I have a plant that has 16 baby leaves, 6 medium leaves and 2 larger split leaves. I recently transplanted it into new soil and have kept it in the same spot(seems to be a little happier). I took two trimmings, but they were unsuccessful. I need some help with getting my plant healthy and looking good again. How can I get the split leaves to grow in, and how do I properly support it without damaging the roots? Its about 1 1/2ft wide by 1ft tall. Thanks!! Hope to hear from you!

6:37 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

Also, along with no longer producing leaves without splits and having kinked trunks, I have 6 plants coming up from what looks to be the original plant/root. Is that normal? When I first got my plant, it looked beautiful. Now it looks sad. :( Any help?? ...please

6:48 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I have re-potted my split-leaf twice and what started as a 2.5 to 3 foot tall, staked plant is now 12-15 feet long and is trained around a window! It has produced a second stalk that is about 8 ft. in length and a third that is 4-5ft. The longest stalks tend to produce the best leaves near the end of the stalk, but there are several on the shorter stalk and sprouting from the base to middle of the plant. I have taken one cutting, which was a side-stalk,or branch, with 3, or 4 aerial roots. I simply placed it in good potting soil and watered ... it's doing fine in its new location and will be in need of staking soon (although, I think I'll try the rotating process to see if I can get it to spiral and self-support).

The plant is 10-15 years old and doing VERY well. I'm trying to find out what would happen to the plant if I were to cut the original stalk WAY back. Cutting off side branches, even significant ones, hasn't harmed it at all and has led to more healthy plants. But, this is a huge cutting (maybe 10ft.), so, I'm a little unsure. Any ideas?

Oh, I put in 3 plant fertilizer stakes twice a year and this seems to have done quite nicely. In fact I think the plant would crawl all the way around the room if I let it!

12:11 PM  
Anonymous luck on my side said...

Kevin, My split leaf had 8-12 steams. I cut mine all the way back with the plan to get rid of it due to baby-proofing. I put the pot in the garage with 2"-3" stems sticking up. Over the past year, 3-4 leaves in total have begun to grow from those stems, with waterings only every 2-3 months. A year later, still with no real care, the new leaves are just starting to yellow and die. I would think that maybe it would take a while to recover, but if you leave several leaves on your giant split leaf and care for it, it will survive. But, I would have a cutting started from it, just in case.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Lina said...

Hi someone gave me a split leaf plant that was all over the place, not staked, as I tried to get it in order I found a lot of roots were barely in soil and were breaking off, SO,just cut them off, I ended up with ONE LONE LEAF, I put it in water and it rooted and grew another leaf. Now there are four , I planted it., It's doing beautifully, Used a sharp knife to cut, no saw is necessary. Also years ago I had some rooting in water, for 2 yrs with no problem.

5:25 PM  
Blogger prosperity said...

Please help-the leaves on my split leaf plant are turning brown-what is happening. Also I see these skinning long stems growing inside my flower pot and are hanging out and almost to the floor-can I cut those off?

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Old Bean said...

Please help. My monstera deliciosa, which I have grown from a tiny cutting and is some three years old, was broguht into the house two days ago because of frost. It has been outside otherwise since April. Now it is weeping - there are little drops of water at the end of each leaf. What is wrong with it - or what have I done wrong or will it settle down in a few days? Thanks. R.

10:15 AM  
Blogger duchannah said...

I have a philodendron and I really don't do much to it. It is in a window with indirect sunlight all day, I water it about every 2 weeks and it is going crazy. I basically ignore it. It has recently gotten two aerial roots that have gotten to be about 3 ft. long each. I just let 'em sit on the floor. It's really awesome. The monsoons have really made it happy with the humidity and all.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Nikki Leck said...

Can someone please provide me with specific guidance on trimming/pruning one of these? I have a 21 year old one (not split leaf) that needs to be significantly smaller than it is now to fit in a new house.

7:15 PM  

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