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Philodendron Cream Splash Care Guide and FACTS

To take good care of Cream Splash philodendron, make sure to water the soil throughout. It likes bright to low indirect sunlight. The Cream Splash needs normal to high humidity to thrive well. You will not need to prune a lot to maintain this plant.

At a glance

Plant TypeTrailing and vining hederaceum philodendorn
LightingMedium to bright indirect light
Temperature65-85°F. Avoid freezing temperatures
WateringWater all the way throughout. Top if the top 2 inches of soil are dry before watering
HumidityHumidity is not a big issue. 50-80% humidity is best
VariegationsHas 4 variegation colors. Green, light green, cream, and lime yellow
Difficulty growing and propagationVery easy to grow. One of the easiest philodendrons to propagate


Cream Splash philodendron is a natural cultivar mutation of either Brasil or Gabby. It Came from the rainforests of Brazil and the Caribbean.

Botanical scientific namePhilodendron hederaceum ‘Cream Splash’ or Scandens Oxycardium cultivar Cream Splash
Growth size3 feet in height.
Price$10-15 on Etsy

Difficulty Rating

Cream Splash is an easy philodendron to grow in all homes. Its variegated leaves might be more prone to damage. They produce less photosynthesis on average and can get scorched. Cream Splash is however super easy to propagate.
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The Cream Splash has truly unique leaves. They are naturally bright green with 4 variegation colors. It goes Green, light green, cream, and lime yellow.

It looks like either a philodendron Brasil or Silver Stripe. There are small differences you can learn about here

Cream Splash is both a climbing variant. Most indoor gardeners grow them as trailing/vining plants.

Philodendron Cream Splash Guide

Philodendron Cream Splash is easy to care for and maintain. The important areas are lighting, watering, and humidity. This plant is perfect for any home. It makes for a beautifully unique and tropical house plant. Its creamy leaves and variegations are extremely rare, and hard to find in nature.

Optimal lighting for Cream Splash

The Cream Splash philodendron should get medium to high bright indirect light. Cream Splash is not picky when it comes to light. Refrain from giving too much direct sunlight. Excessive sunlight will damage its leaves.

Variegated leaves are especially sensitive to too much exposure. Place the plant in a north or east-facing window for perfect amounts of sunlight. At sound or west-facing windows, place the plant a few feet from the window.

Plants with loads of variegated leaves need more light than usual. Variegated leaves are often worse at absorbing sunlight. Low amounts of chlorophyll in variegated leaves, mean less effective photosynthesis.

Water Requirements

Make sure the soil is always moist, but never wet. Muddy soil is the most common killer for Cream Splash philodendrons. Ineffective drainage can and will kill the roots because of root rot.

Water the plant all the way through. Let excess water seep out of the pot into a dish. Remove all this water so the plant doesn’t sit in water. You should water 1-2 times a week throughout the year. In warmer and sunnier weather, you should water more often. Sunlight and high temperatures will evaporate water faster.

Check if the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry before watering again. This is the best way to apply the perfect amount of water to the soil.

Potting Soil / Substrate

The Cream Splash needs well-draining soil that can retain lots of water. The soil should also be organic for the best growth.

Here are the perfect ingredients for the soil recipe:

  • Coco coir/Sphagnum peat moss
  • Orchid bark
  • Worm castings
  • Perlite/vermiculite

Perlite is the holy grail for philodendron soils.

The optimal temperature for Cream Splash

The Cream Splash is a tropical plant from South America. To thrive, it needs temperatures like in its home country. The best temperature is between 65-85°F. This is perfect for indoor gardeners all around the world. 

You can also place the plant outside during spring and summer. Make sure to take the plant inside during winter if you live in a tempered climate. Cold temperatures under 55 degrees can permanently damage the plant’s leaves.

Best humidity

Humidity should not be an issue for the Cream Splash philodendron. The optimal range is between 50% and 80% humidity. High or low humidity will not kill any Cream Splash plants. Higher humidity will make the plant grow more leaves and bigger leaves.


Use a regular liquid fertilizer. Dilute the liquid. Apply after watering the plant. You should use fertilizer twice a month during summer and spring. 

If you have soil with high organic content and compost then you will not need to fertilize ever. We recommend using worm castings in your soil. You will also need to report every year to avoid using liquid fertilizer.

Pruning and Maintenance

Pruning and maintenance are very easy for the Cream Splash philodendron. You do not need to remove a lot of leaves from this plant. Some variegated leaves are somewhat prone to damage. Prune these leaves when if they are dying. It is better for the plant to focus its energy on new leaves instead of dying leaves.

Maintenance is the same as Brasil and Silver Stripe philodendron. These are basically the same plant, just with different leaf colors.


The Cream Splash philodendron is one of the easiest plants to propagate. It was originally bred to be able to easily propagate with stem propagation instead of seed germination.

There are two main methods to propagate this philodendron.

Method 1 – air layering

  • Wrap wet sphagnum moss around a node
  • Wait around 10 days to see if aerial roots have developed
  • Cut the stem off and plant it
  • Keep the cutting warm and moist

Method 2, regular stem propagation:

  • Cut a stem with 1-3 leaves
  • Put the cutting in water for 10 days
  • Remove and apply new water every 2 days.
  • Roots should be about 2 inches long
  • Plant the cutting in moist soil, and keep it warm

Similar Plants

Cream Splash philodendron is a hedareceum philodendron. It likely evolved from philodendron Brasil. The most common misidentification is the Silver Stripe philodendron. These plants are very often sold under each other’s names. It takes a trained eye to spot the difference between these two plants.

Is philodendron Cream Splash rare?

Before 2010 this houseplant used to be very rare. Since then the Cream Splash has been propagated and sold widely. It is not rare anymore. It is not even expensive anymore. 1 plant can turn into 100 in only a few years because of the easiness of propagation.

What are the differences between Cream Splash vs Brasil philodendron?

The main difference between these plants is the variegation of the leaves. The natural green color is also different. To read more about the differences in origins, price, and rarity, we have an article on this topic.

What are the differences between Cream Splash vs Silver Stripe philodendron?

Cream splash vs silver stripe
Cream splash vs silver stripe

These philodendrons are virtually the same. Cream Splash philodendron has different variegation colors compared to the Silver Stripe. Its growth pattern is also different. We have a perfect article on the differences between Cream Splash and Silver Stripe philodendron.

Where to buy

Etsy is hands down the best place to buy this philodendron. Most other places charge very high prices. You can get it for as little as $10.

Is it toxic?

Though its cream color looks appetizing, you should never consume philodendron. They contain dangerous oxalates. These minerals will combine with calcium in your blood and damage your organs. Try to keep the Cream Splash away from children and curious house pets. 

It still makes a great indoor house plant. Just do not eat the leaves or roots.

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