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Rhaphidophora Care

Often mistaken for Monstera, Rhaphidophora are unique plants in their own right. Featuring bold, perforate leaves, Rhaphidophora will make a unique addition to your home and is sure to spark a conversation.

How to care for your Rhaphidophora

Use these instructions to care for a Rhaphidophora. This guide will tell you how to water a Rhaphidophora; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.



Your Rhaphidophora prefers bright, indirect light. It can survive in medium light conditions but may stop growing or produce smaller leaves. Do not put it in full, direct sunlight—the sun will burn the foliage.


Water your Rhaphidophora when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.


Basic household humidity is fine for your Rhaphidophora, but higher humidity encourages larger leaves. Your plant will benefit from the occasional misting.


Your Rhaphidophora will grow best in temperatures between 70-80 degrees. Keep it away from drafts, especially during the winter months.


Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.


Rhaphidophora leaves are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will result in swelling of the lips and tongue, and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.


Regularly remove any dead leaves from the plant to encourage healthy new growth. Cut leaves close to the stem with clean, sharp shears. Wash the leaves frequently to prevent dust from clogging the pores.

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What's a Rhaphidophora?

Botanical Classification: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma


Rhaphidophora love bright, indirect light, but will be happy under fluorescent lights as well. They are extremely adaptable to indoor conditions and thrive with warm temperatures and high humidity. They’re closely related to Monstera, Philodendron, and Pothos — all classified as part of the Araceae family.

This tropical plant is native to Thailand and Malaysia, hence why it thrives in warm, humid, bright spots!

Fun Fact

This plant loves to climb! You can train it up a trellis or a pole.

Pictured Left: Rhaphidophora

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