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Mar 12, 2018 9:04 PM CST
|Bought this beauty on Kijiji the other day and it was advertised as a "juvenile split leaf philodendron". I've been wanting a Monstera deliciosa for ages so I was really excited. The seller told me the plant was only about a year old and that it came from a cutting of her mom's split leaf. She claimed that her mom's plant was 10 ft tall with huge leaves.
As you can see, she's really leggy and droopy - when I got her, her leaves were pale green and some were yellow. I suspected this may have been from getting too much light. I have her by an east facing window, but she's out of the direct sun and she's darkened up a bit. Since taking the attached picture I've put up rods to help support her (in attempt to help her stand upright rather than spilling outward). I've read that moss poles are best - would this help in my case?
My plant doesn't really look like an iconic Monstera. Is it a matter of nursing her back to health or is this not the plant I thought it was? I'll be a bit disappointed if it's just a regular philodendron - but the one split leaf is throwing me off! Does anyone have any insight?
Mar 13, 2018 2:22 AM CST
|The proper name of the plant is Monstera deliciosa. It is often incorrectly called split leaf philodendron.
Here is just one of the links I found stating these are the same plant. So, I think you have the plant you have been wanting. Congrats.
Your plant looks like it was grown with less light than it prefers. In poor light they are leggy and the leaves are smaller and will not split. The leaves start out with no slits at all. The leaves have to mature before you see the nice deep splits. Better sun exposure should help, as will giving it time to mature. Your plant grows up trees in it's natural habitat. It will appreciate a nice fat moss pole to attach and climb on. It will make the plant look fuller.
Others will come, and have more tips for you I am sure. Nice find.
Mar 14, 2018 7:28 AM CST
|"Split leaf Philo" is the most common nickname I've seen for Monstera deliciosa. As a nickname, it's neither right or wrong, just more or less commonly used.
Split-leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa)
Agree, your plant looks like M. deliciosa. Some of the pics in the database here (and many more "out there" on the internet) show how the leaves increase in size and develop the characteristic splits and holes as plants age (and in amenable conditions, as described above.)
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