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Split Leaf Philodendron, Cut-leaf philodendron
Scientific Name: Philodendron selloum K. Koch
Synonym:
Family: Araceae
Split Leaf Philodendron, Cut-leaf philodendron (Philodendron  selloum)
A six month old plant against a wall.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8,9,12-28
USDA: 8b-11

Frost Tolerance: No frost protection needed in Phoenix if planted in the shade. If frozen to the ground comes back from the roots

Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade

Origin: Southern Brazil

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub, 6 to 12 feet tall (1.8-3.6 m), 6 to 15 feet spread (1.8-4.5 m), green deeply cut leaves, up to 2 feet long (60 cm); large aerial roots

Watering Needs: Regular watering for optimum growth, doesn't like excess salt

Propagation: Seeds, stem cuttings, offsets


Philodendon selloum is a hardy, arborescent philodendron. Its massive silhouette wide leaves give a lush tropical effect. It grows well, moderately rapidly, with low maintenance in Phoenix.
The picture of the trunk on the left belongs to a one year old specimen.

Split Leaf Philodendron, Cut-leaf philodendron (Philodendron  selloum)

Cultural Practices:
They grow best in a well-drained, light soil enriched with leaf mold, peat moss or compost. From spring through fall, fertilize monthly.

Blooming Habits:
Greenish white, relatively inconspicuous, flowers, surrounded by a greenish to reddish bract, in a typical arum family fashion. The Split Leaf Philodendron seldom blooms in the low deserts.

Fruiting Habits:


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