Philodendron ‘Lickety Split’

Tropical clumper. Deeply lobed leaves are ruffled, held on long stems making a full lush dome. Great in pots or grouped as a lush understory element.
height 2–3ft
width 2–3ft
tolerates Heat, Pots
Low – Moderate
Philodendrons are more tolerant of drought than their tropical appearance would suggest. Once they’re established outdoors, they can even survive in a shady spot without additional water, though the leaves will be fewer and smaller, giving them a little crown instead of a big lush crown. To keep them looking their best, give them water every week or two once established, or more if they are inland or in some sun.

Indoors this plant wants water when the top of the soil is dry, but you can still feel moisture just below the surface. This plant will often fall into a once-a-week watering cycle, but remember that your watering should be based on the moisture left in the soil, which will depend partly on the moisture in the room and the weather outside. The soil surface goes a bit deeper for larger pots; for example, a plant in a 14-inch diameter pot should dry out a couple of inches deep before you water it, while a plant in a 4-inch pot will only want to dry out in the top half inch or so of soil.

Drooping leaves or a small crown with dwarfed leaves are signs of underwatering.
exposure Full Shade – Part Shade
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix
fertilizing All Purpose
origin Hybrid
9, 11–24, H2

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Philodendron leaves will cleanly shed fron the trunk once they are no longer of use to the plant, leaving a textured trunk reminiscent of octopus suction cups.
Many philodendrons have aerial roots that help them attach to structures in nature, and they add an interesting element to the plant, but they can also be removed without disturbing the plant in the least. If you want, you can lean the plant against a plank, tree or wall and watch it attach itself.
Generally philodendrons are thought of as shade plants, but they can also tolerate a surprising amount of direct sunlight, especially if they are near the coast.

Special Interest

Purportedly the roots of philodendron can travel up to sixty feet away from the plant! This may explain why they are more drought tolerant than they look. If you have other water nearby, it’s likely your philodendron will find it.

Philodendrons are excellent dry-stack rock wall candidates, where their aerial roots meander in the rock cracks, holding up the wall and adding interest.

More Info

Isn’t this really a houseplant? Well that’s a tricky question. In general this type of plant makes a great houseplant, but this specific plant hasn’t been grown to be a houseplant. Houseplants are grown under regulated conditions and with sterile soil, setting them up to thrive in your home. When outdoor-grown plants are taken indoors, they tend to transition poorly, often becoming magnets for pests. That said, if you decide to live dangerously and bring this plant indoors, here’s some advice to help you out. Start by unpotting the plant and removing any loose soil. Next, preemptively treat the entire plant, including the roots, with an insecticidal soap. Be sure to treat the roots gently throughout this process. Use a new nursery can or sterilize the previous one with bleach. Repot the plant in a fresh mix and then water deeply with the insecticidal soap mix. Be sure to keep an extra close eye out for any pests that might pop up. Always consider the risk of introducing pests to your other houseplants.