Basic: Philodendron selloum/ Philodendron bipinnatifidum is a perennial flowering plant with fast growing pace.
Common name: Split-leaf philodendron and split-leaf elephant ear
1. Attractive foliage plant.
2. Filters indoor pollutants esp. formaldehyde.
3. Its large leaves increases a rooms oxygen level.
Difficulty: Low maintenance and easy to care.
Light: Thrives in low to bright indirect natural light or bright artificial light.
Temperature: Temperatures for your elephant ear houseplants should be between 65- and 75-degrees F. (18-24 C.)
Watering: Poke your finger into the soil to check the moisture. Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.Thrives in high humidity.
Repotting: Do not re-pot for minimum 2 weeks after receiving it. Soil should be well drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing plant.
Propagation: You can propagate elephant ears by seed, runner or by transplanting. Elephant ears like to grow in soil that is consistently moist. Use a rich soil between 5.5 and 7.0 pH. Plant bulbs about 2 to 4 inches under the soil.
Care: Do not overwater, do not put in direct sunlight, do not add too much fertiliser. Any of that would cause browning of leaves. Keep away from AC vents. In case of pest attack, wash the plant with neem oil or organic soapy water in the evening. Feed it with any organic fertiliser once a month as per manufacturers information.
Additional Information: Philodendron selloum belongs to the family Araceae. This plant is native to South America, namely to Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay, but is also cultivated as a landscape plant in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates. Average height is 5 ft and average width is 2- 3 ft.
Toxicity: All Philodendron species are toxic to cats and dogs. Chewing on the leaves will release toxic crystals causing irritation to the mouth and digestive system.