Lacy Leaf Philodendron Care Instructions

Lacy Leaf Philodendron

Scientific name : Philodendron Selloum or Bipinnatifidum
Synonym : Lacy Leaf Philodendron, Split Leaf Philodendron

The Lacy Leaf Philodendron is a low maintenance ornamental houseplant that creates an instant lush green look throughout the year. Keep is in its current pot to constrain its size, or re-pot it to let its green wings fly: Lacy’s can get nice and big.

This jungle giant has glorious foliage with glossy, dark green indented leaves. These big leaves tend to catch dust. To clean them, wipe gently with a damp cloth.

Native to South America, the stunning Philodendron is tree-like with sturdy stems that tend to lie horizontally as they age. Eventually they stretch to become twice as wide as they are tall. Make sure you leave ample room for them to spread out.

Over time, long roots may appear at the base of the plant. These can easily be tucked back into the pot.

NOTE: These plants are considered to be poisonous. Keep away from pets and children.

Common Symptoms

  • Brown and faded marks on the leaves may be as a result of being in direct sunlight. Move them to an area with bright but indirect light.
  • Yellow leaves are caused by overwatering. Water less frequently and ensure the soil is only moist.
  • Burnt leaf ends may be a sign of excess salt due to over-fertilization. Take a break from fertilizing until the leaves recover.
  • Pests: The Heart Leaf Philodendron is susceptible to a number of pests such as the Mealy bug, Scale, Aphids, and Spider Mites. If these infect your plant, spray it with warm soapy water and scrape them off with a child’s toothbrush.
  • Diseases: Bacterial plant diseases can be a problem for these plants, causing small green blotches on the leaves that expand rapidly. The leaves will eventually rot and die. Try to keep water off the leaves, avoid overwatering and remove infected leaves immediately.

Care Instructions

  • Origin: South America
  • Height: Up to 1.2 m indoors
  • Light: Philodendrons thrive on bright indirect light. No direct sunlight as this can cause the leaves to burn and fade.
  • Water: Keep the soil moist in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Water less often during Winter, keeping the soil barely moist and allowing the surface to dry out between waterings.
  • Humidity: Philodendrons love humidity. Mist the foliage occasionally with a spray bottle or use a humidifier if your home is very dry.
  • Temperature: These plants enjoy average to warm temperatures ranging between 16 - 27°C.
  • Soil: Rich soil that retains moisture and is slightly alkaline.
  • Fertilizer: Feed monthly during Spring, Summer and Autumn with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to ½ the recommended strength. Feeding it too much may cause the leaves to burn due to excess salt.
  • Repotting: It is time to report your Philodendron when the roots have filled the existing pot. Repot in Spring or early Summer. To prevent root rot, use a container with drainage holes.
  • Pruning: To control the size and shape of the plant, prune the leaves by cutting them off at the leaf stem. Wash your hands afterward to avoid getting sap in your eyes or mouth.
  • Propagation: Division. Use a serrated knife to cut through the thick roots and repot these separately..

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