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Q I planted seeds of split-leaved philodendron about 1 years ago. The plants have grown well, but the leaves are solid with no splits. Do you think the seed packet contained true seeds? It was marked ``Monstera deliciosa (split-leaved philodendron).'' K. D. Wichita Falls, Texas What is called split-leaved philodendron or Philodendron pertussum is actually Monstera deliciosa or Breadfruit (not a philodendron at all).

The reason for this misnomer is that young leaves look like philodendron leaves, without any slits or holes in them.

Yours will split as soon as it is old enough, if you keep it in bright light (but out of direct sun). It should start to split in another couple of months.

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