Split Leaf Philodendron

Monstera deliciosa

$84.00 $104.00
Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter

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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:Plays Hard to Get

  • Overall Size: 10" to 14" W 24" to 28" H

It doesn't get more iconic than the split leaf philodendron. Also known as monstera deliciosa, or Swiss cheese plant, it's famous in interior design circles for its notched leaves. This large one will instantly bring on-trend jungle vibes to your home. It loves to spread out, so give it plenty space and use a coir pole to keep it upright. It's easy to care for and makes an ideal first houseplant.

Plant - Split Leaf Philodendron Detail
Plant - Split Leaf Philodendron Detail

About Split Leaf Philodendron

Are you the family historian, or know someone who is? If so, this plant is calling your name. The Monstera is a perfect match for someone who values their genealogy because it symbolizes honor, admiration, and endurance. Honor your family tree with this beauty and count your blessings!

Care Level: Plays Hard to Get

Easy-going plant.

Pet Friendly: Warning

Be careful with your pets!


Grows natively in Central American rainforests, from Mexico to Panama.

Fun Facts

Tropical rainforests are the natural habitat of the Monstera. By developing holes in its leaves, the large Monstera leaves are better suited to withstand heavy rainfall and wind as they let the elements pass through the holes. These abnormal leaves (monstera means strange in Latin) gave the plant its name.

Split Leaf Philodendron

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with partial shade patios
  • Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
  • Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light

Monstera deliciosa Care Guide

  • Medium

    Medium to bright indirect light. Never direct sunlight.

  • Medium

    Enjoys being on the moist, but not soggy side.

  • High

    Enjoys high humidity. Spritz occasionally.

  • 65 to 90

    The Split Leaf Philodendron likes it warm and to stay above 50°F with high humidity.

  • 8|9|10|11

    Outside: Grow in morning light, partial shade (4-6 hours) where nights are above 50°F.

    Indoors: This plant prefers bright, to medium indirect light for at least six hours in a southern, eastern and western windows.

  • Monthly

    Fertilize during its growing period in the spring and summer months between February and October every 2-3 weeks. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer at 1/2 strength. Reduce fertilizing during the fall and winter to once a month while the plant is in its dormant phase. Raise the humidity around it and never use chlorine or fluoride in the water.

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes.

    Repot in the spring, using a 2" bigger pot to keep the roots drier. (Too big of a pot could cause the soil to dry slower, which is not helpful.) Use a well-draining indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage.

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour. Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1" below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.

  • Bi-annually

    Wear gloves while working with this plant, as it has a sap that causes skin irritation. Trim off any yellowing bottom leaves down to the base of the stem using a sharp knife. Remove any debris off the soil surface. Train your plant to grow up a moss pole and tie it up to promote upward growth. Wipe the leaves with a clean, damp cloth using filtered or rain water. Support the leaf by wiping it from the stem to the tip of the leaf on both sides. Spritzing the leaves is another way to wet it and wipe it clean.

  • Cuttings

    Take cuttings just below an aerial root.

    Remove the bottom leaves on the stem with sterile scissors or a knife. Place the cutting in a container tall enough to hold the leaf upright. Add about an inch of water at the bottom and change the water weekly.

    Keep the leaf in medium indirect sunlight while it's beginning to form roots.

    Once roots are at least 1-2 inches long, plant it with rooting hormone mixed into the well-draining potting mix.

    Water and place in bright to medium, indirect light.

Split Leaf Philodendron

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