Philodendron Pedatum Complete Care Guide

We once turn a Philodendron Pedatum into a Christmas Tree. We added some lights and kept admiring it during the night. Great times 🤩

Scientific name: Philodendron Pedatum

Also called: Philodendron Laciniatum, Oak Leaf Philodendron

Family: ARACEAE

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care meter: 8/10

Philodendron Pedatum is quite easy to look after. It doesn’t require a lot, and can be a great plant for beginners as well.

light

Philodendron Pedatum likes bright indirect light. The better the light, the better the growth rate. I tried growing it with medium light as well, but it was not really thriving. It can survive, but it’s not ideal (leaves will grow small and fragile).

We tried grow lights as well and it went great. As long as this plant has a reliable source of light, it will reward you constantly.

watering

I usually let the substrate dry out almost completely before watering it. Philodendron Pedatum doesn’t like excess water and it’s best to check the soil every time.

Depending on your home conditions, you can water this plant once every 7-10 days during summer and once every 2-3 weeks during winter. It’s better to underwater with this plant.

Philodendron Pedatum after a great shower

temperature

Philodendron Pedatum does well in average temperatures. Something around 20-26°C or higher is a good start. Don’t let the temperatures drop below 15°C for too long. Cold damage is undoable and can lead to slow death.

humidity

I find this plant quite friendly and adaptable. You can easily grow it in average humidity like 50-60%. It prefers higher humidity, but it will not turn into a drama queen if you can’t provide that.

fertilizer

I fertilize my Philodendron Pedatum once a month during growing season (spring to early fall). In the winter I usually stop fertilizing if the plant is going dormant. If the plant is still active however, you can still feed it with a more diluted solution.

I use a NPK ratio of 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 but I found that almost any type of fertilizer is fine to use.

substrate

It’s time for the airy light substrate to take over. Philodendron Pedatum likes a substrate that doesn’t get soggy. A great option for this is to mix one part coco coir, one part perlite and one part pine bark. This is not a universal formula and it can be adapted depending on what you can find in stores.

Please don’t just use regular potting soil. It’s usually too heavy on the roots and can lead to root rot. Add at least 50-60% perlite to make it as lightweight as possible.

plastic versus terracotta

Philodendron Pedatum can adapt well in both plastic or terracotta. The pot doesn’t really matter as much as the drainage holes. Whatever you like, please make sure the pot has drainage holes. They are very important for healthy roots.

Philodendron Pedatum showing different leaf patterns

repotting

Philodendron Pedatum wants repotting only when it’s really necessary. This usually happens when the roots come out of the pot. It’s better to choose a pot slightly bigger and be gentle with the roots.

It’s a good option to repot during growing season when the roots can recover faster from damage. Rules are meant to be broken so if your philo is growing like crazy during winter and really needs repotting, then go for it.

propagation

For this plant you can choose propagation by (leafless) stem cuttings or air layering.

With stem cuttings you can place them into water or directly into soil. And with leafless stem cuttings you can place them into a zip bag, in a clean container with sphagnum moss or coco coir.

Air layering can be done on the nodes that have potential. These are usually the ones with great aerial roots.

pests

I struggled with thrips on my Philodendron Pedatum and I would not say is 100% pest safe. Inspect the plant every time you water it to catch any surprises in time.

toxicity

Philodendron Pedatum is not pet friendly. Please be careful if you have pets.

Philodendron Pedatum growing great on a moss pole

other tips you might like

Philodendron Pedatum is a climber so it can be trained to grow on moss poles. We tried that ourselves and saw amazing aerial roots develop that help bigger leaves to grow.

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