(Photo compliments of The Garden Helper)

There are many variations of this tropical plant, the most obvious being the WINDOW leaf Philodendron. This is a very tropical plant and will die within a matter of days if left in cold temperatures. To my knowledge this plant doesn’t bloom. Since it is a climbing plant, you will need to stake it up or the roots WILL grow into your carpet. If you leave it up against the wall for too long, the roots will try and get into the wall as well.

Propagation: All you need to propagate this plant is a good cutting. The roots are very long (can be several feet ABOVE ground) and will get the plant growing in no time. Just stick the root (which I would advise to be at least 4 inches long to ensure the starts survival) in the soil and water when the soil becomes dry. Unless the plant you take the start from is dying, it’s almost impossible to get a healthy plant from your start.

Watering: Water when its soil is dry to the touch or if the leaves appear wilted. This is a fast growing, tropical plant so it will like a good soaking often and high humidity. After the plant becomes taller/longer the roots will reach out from the stem (they are only slightly thinner than a pencil but break much easier) for soil. You may cut these or direct them to the soil. Directing them to the soil will be more beneficial to the plant but you will have a tangle of roots running along the stem, and the plant will grow much more rapidly with this increase in it’s ability to move water through it’s system.

Pests: The only pests I’ve had with this plant are my cats. They tend to nibble the leaves to the stem and shred the rest of the plant to pieces. They also enjoy using the soil as a liter box so if you have cats beware. I’ve heard that (if you have junky ones) half burying coffee mugs will keep the cats out. They can’t dig into the dirt so they won’t go.

Lighting: This plant  enjoys bright to full sun. In order to get the leaves to split the plant will need LOTS of light. The leaves will remain smaller and intact if the plant isn’t receiving enough light. If the leaves get sun spots (brown patches due to too much sun) then move the plant to a lighter (but still brightly lit) location.

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