The Philodendron Lickety Split is a beautiful hybrid that’s perfect for indoor or outdoor growing especially if you want to add a tropical feel.
It starts out as a small plant you can keep on tabletops but will eventually grow into a bigger, wider plant that is better positioned on the floor.
That said, it size makes looks even more stunning.
This is because it allows the plant’s unique looking leaves to get long and wide as well. Its leaves feature a glossy green look with deed cuts on the sides and jagged curved edges.
And because the leaves grow into different shapes, they give the plant more character.
Best of all, the Philodendron Lickety Split is a very resilient plant that has low maintenance requirements. It is also very tolerant of different conditions which makes it easy to care for.
Philodendron Lickety Split Plant Care
The Philodendron Lickety Split is a great plant to grow both indoors and outdoors because to does well in many different lighting conditions.
That said, moderate to bright, indirect light will allow the plant to grow at its best. Low light is likewise not a problem and won’t harm the plant. But it won’t grow as quickly as it would in brighter locations.
However, the most important thing about light with this plant is to avoid direct sun or very intense light. This can burn its leaves.
Thus, when it comes to natural lighting the bests spots for the plant are:
- Indoors – near an east facing window. It does well in a northern exposure as well provided that it does not get too dark or dim there. With the west, try to keep it at least 3 feet from the window. And with a southern exposure, anywhere from 5 to 10 feet from a bright window will work really well.
- Outdoors – partial sun or partial shade is best. Keep it away from direct sunlight.
Another alternative to natural light you can use is fluorescent lighting or artificial lights like grow lights. These all work just as well although it needs longer exposure because man-made lights don’t have the same full color spectrum the sun has.
Therefore, the plant will need 10-12 hours of this kind of light compared to about 4 to 6 hours of daily sun.
A couple of final tips with lighting are:
- Rotate the plant every so often so all the sides gen similar amounts of light. This will help keep growth even on all sides.
- Clean the leaves with a damp cloth once a week or every 14 days. This removes dust and small debris can clog the pores that absorb sunlight.
The Philodendron Lickety Split enjoys temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. And it is best to keep the plant somewhere that is 60 degrees or higher.
While it can tolerate conditions colder than that, it is not a good idea to stress the plant since increases its risk of stress (which makes it more susceptible to pests and disease).
That said, you do want to watch out for 50 degrees temperature since around this level and below, it will start sustaining cold injury if left there for long periods of time.
Thus, it is a good idea to be aware of what nighttime temperature is at different times of the year since this can sometimes sneak up on you dropping by 15 or even 20 degrees from the day time.
If you live in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11, you can keep the plant outdoors all year round, be it in a container or on the ground in your garden.
Below Zone 9, make sure to take your Philodendron Lickety Split indoors once the temperature reaches 60 degrees.
Like other philodendrons, the Lickety Split enjoys humid conditions. Ideally, it prefers 50% humidity and higher. But it will easily tolerate lower humidity without any fuss.
Its tolerance to dry air makes it easy to grow indoors as most homes average between 30% and 50% humidity depending on where you live and what time of year it is.
That said, if you average in the lower 30s or have very hot, dry summers, it is a good idea to help the plant along.
- Mist the plant 3 or 4 times a week
- Give it a shower once week
- Use a humidifier
- Place it on a pebble tray
- Group it with other plants.
How Often to Water Philodendron Lickety Split
The most important thing to keep in mind when watering your Philodendron Lickety Split are:
- It tolerates dry air and soil
- The plant likes to stay on the dry side
This makes it an easy plant to care for especially if you have a busy lifestyle or tend to forget to water your plant every now and them.
It is very forgiving with this kind of neglect.
However, the one thing you want to avoid is overwatering it.
If you’re the type who likes to water more often than not, then it is important to exercise restraint. The plant has a hard to time with too much moisture. And it will eventually experience problems if the soil is kept wet or soggy.
Therefore, the best way to water your Philodendron Lickety Split is to wait until the top 2 inches of soil has dried out before adding for water. Avoid adding moisture before that.
If the plant gets too much water and its roots sit in water for extended periods of time, they will eventually rot.
Similarly, when watering, you want to saturate the root ball with water so the roots get the hydration they desire. Then allow the excess liquid to completely drain.
The latter will leave the soil moist but not wet. It also ensures that no excess moisture pools in the soil.
Philodendron Lickety Split Potting Soil
To further reduce the risk of overwatering, it is important to choose the right kind of soil to use.
Here, the best soil for your Philodendron Lickety Split is a well-draining mix that holds enough moisture to stay moist.
I know that this sound ironic. But with the proper ingredients you can easily achieve this.
The reason why this kind of soil works is that it holds just enough moisture to keep the plant hydrated. But drains any excess liquid quickly so the roots don’t end up standing in water.
Fortunately, you have many options here.
- Cactus or succulent potting mix (ideally something with part sand)
- Aroid mix
- Combine regular potting mix with sand
- Make your own aroid mix (combine potting mix, orchid bark, perlite and activated charcoal)
Any of the 4 potting mixes above will work. And there are many other options if you want to experiment.
The first 2 you can get from stores. The latter two are DIY recipes you can make at home.
Feed your Philodendron Lickety Split with a 10-10-10 or 15-15-15 (balanced) liquid fertilizer during the spring and summer (which is its growing season).
Make sure to dilute the application each time to half strength. And, don’t feed them plant when the soil is dry.
Too much fertilizer or concentration can harm the plant because of the fertilizer salts that are used to transport the nutrients. Therefore, you want to dilute the dose using water to reduce the negative effects of salt.
You can likewise use other options including slow release fertilizer or fish emulsion.
The Philodendron Lickety Split will grow to between 2 to 3 feet tall indoors. Outside it will be substantially bigger. So, be ready for that if you decide to plant it in the ground.
As it gets bigger, so will its leaves.
These will get longer and wider. And they will extend sideways.
This is where pruning comes in. Most of the trimming is size related. And you can shape the plant however way you want.
Some growers prefer a shorter, wider look while others prefer a taller, more centered appearance.
Therefore, you can prune it to how you want it to look or fit your home, patio or yard.
How to Propagate Philodendron Lickety Split
The best way to propagate the plant is by using stem cuttings. You can likewise divide the plant if you want reduce its size while creating a new plant as well.
The good news is, the Philodendron Lickety Split responds quite well to propagation so the process is fairly easy and you should see result start to happen in a couple of weeks.
That said, it takes about a month for the cutting to root. And a few more months before you see leaves develop.
Philodendron Lickety Split Stem Propagation
- Cut a 4 to 6 inch stem. Select a healthy stem with at least 2 to 3 leaves on it.
- Place the cutting in a pot with well-draining potting mix. Keep the soil moist but avoid getting it soggy or mucky.
- If any of the leaves end up in the soil, remove them. You can keep the leaves above the soil.
- Keep the new plant in a warm location with bright, indirect light.
- It will take between 20 and 30 days for the roots to grow and develop. And you can test it when the time comes by lighting pulling on the plant. it should resist your pull which is a sign that roots have grabbed hold of the soil.
How to Repot or Transplant Philodendron Lickety Split
In general, the Philodendron Lickety Split will need to be repot once every year or 2 years.
A younger plant will need more frequent potting. Although this pace will slow down as it gets older and matures.
That said, the plant is a fast grower and its has a healthy root system.
So pruning and repotting are your friends depending on whether you want to limit its growth or encourage it to grow bigger.
Another option to repotting is divide the plant.
It takes well to division and dues to its size, you can split one plant into a few smaller ones. Thus, division is a good option if you don’t want the plant to get too big or have limited space in the room where you want to keep it.
Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs
The Philodendron Lickety Split is toxic to cats, dogs and people. Therefore, it is dangerous to ingest any part of the plant. While not considered to be deadly, the amount that’s consumed affects the severity of side effects.
Thus, please keep it away from young children and pets.
Philodendron Lickety Split Problems & Troubleshooting
Pests and Diseases
The Philodendron Lickety Split does not experience a lot of pests or diseases. The key is to keep it healthy and provide it with the proper requirements it needs.
Too much or too little of something will cause it to stress after a while. In turn, this will increase its risk of pests and infection..
Also, you want to regularly inspect the leaves and junctions of the stems for pests. Aphids, mealybugs and scale are the most common bugs that will try to suck on the plant.
With diseases, root rot, fungal and bacterial infections are the most common. These happen from too much moisture, be it in the soil or on the leaves.
As such, try to keep the plant on the dry side and avoid watering too frequently.