She likes soil that’s always slightly moist, so give her a drink whenever the top two inches of soil feel dry.
She’s happiest in quite a lot of light. She’s a plant that can handle direct sunlight, though will adapt to light shade.
Keep her leaves in healthy condition by either misting her regularly, or putting her in a steamy bathroom.
She’ll look her best with room to spread out, so she’s better for larger spaces. Try her as a focal point in your living room.
Philodendrom selloum; horsehead philodendron; lacy tree philodendron
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Toxic if consumed
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About philodendron bipinnatifidum
Scientifically known as philodendron bipinnatifidum - try saying that three times fast - or philodendron selloum, this is a very adaptive plant. It makes the best of whatever situation it finds itself in. It’s native to South America and in the wild it will change its behaviour to fit its environment. it can grow to become an enormous tree, or it might live in the branches of other trees. It likes bright sunshine but can learn to tolerate shade. Whatever works.
It’s unusual among philodendron because it doesn’t have heart-shaped leaves (In Greek, Philodendron means ‘heart plant’). Instead, it has serrated leaves, which for some reason earned it the nickname horsehead philodendron. You can sort of see it if you squint.
It’s adaptive nature means it’s pretty easy to look after. It ideally likes quite bright light, but tolerates some shade. A bit of water, plus a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer, and it will be happy as anything.
Did you know?
This plant can produce flowers, but it can take up to 20 years for them to appear.