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Garden Topics: Tropicals & Houseplants

Split-Leaf Philodendron 

Monstera Deliciosa

Philodendron Bipinnatifidum

Split-Leaf Philodendron - Reillys Summer Seat FarmWhy you may want to grow it: The Split-Leaf Philodendron or the 'Swiss Cheese Plant', is the kind of houseplant that makes a big impact with minimal work on your end. With characteristic perforations on its broad oversized glossy leaves, this houseplant will grow relatively large as long as it's kept within eight feet of a bright, sunny window.

How to care for it: Grow it just about anywhere in your house! It tolerates low light, but grows faster and becomes more dramatic in a bright spot. In most areas, it can take some direct sun on its leaves when grown in the house.

Water regularly -- enough to keep the soil from drying out. The plant is somewhat drought tolerant, so you don't need to worry about keeping up with the watering all time. While young, this houseplant has a dense, bushy shape, but as it grows, it wants to vine out. You can keep it bushy with regular pruning, or let it climb up a vertical support for a decidedly bold and tropical look.

Fertilize monstera a few times in spring and summer (not during the winter) to keep it happiest, especially if the leaves start to look light green or pale around the veins. You can fertilize it more regularly -- even weekly -- if you want more growth. Either way, use a houseplant fertilizer such as Maxsea or Bonide Liquid Plant Food and adhere to the directions on the product packaging. 

For More Information Check Out Wikipedia:  Split-Leaf Philodendron


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