Rhaphidophora Cryptantha Shingle Plant

(1 review) Write a Review
Availability : In Stock
  • Rare Tropical
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 8 Feet

Rhaphidophora cryptantha is one of the most unusual houseplants available. The heart-shaped, dark-green leaves grow flat against a host plant or plant support in an overlapping style, resembling a roof's shingles. This tropical vining plant may look challenging to grow, but it is in fact, easy and low maintenance. Juvenile versions of the Shingle Plant are used in terrariums where they stay small.

Best Locations For Growing Shingle Plant

Shingle Plants originate from the jungles of New Guinea and need diffused light and high humidity. Growing this plant in a kitchen or bathroom would be ideal. Lower light levels in an office or basement can be boosted with artificial grow lights. Always keep the Shingle Plant out of reach of children or pets. All parts of the plant are toxic.

Shingle Plant Sunlight Requirements

Shingle Plant needs indirect light so that the deep colors of their leaves do not get bleached or burned. Place the plant a few feet away from an east- or west-facing window. Growing Shingle Plant outdoors during the summer gives it the humidity and heat it craves. Be sure to provide the plant shade from the direct sun at midday or late afternoon. 

Shingle Plant Care

Shingle Plant is in the genus Aroid and is classified as a hemiepiphyte. This means that the plant starts as a terrestrial plant, germinating from a seed and growing roots in the soil, and matures into an epiphyte, with the top growth attached to other plants. The Shingle Plant likes to have soil that is rich and well-draining. Used peat-based potting soil with plenty of perlite mixed in. Repotting is infrequent and only necessary when the roots appear from the bottom of the container. Give the Shingle Plant a support to climb. Moss-covered poles or flat pieces of cedar board are typically used.

Watering Shingle Plant

Shingle Plant likes to have moist soil that dries out in between watering. When the top 3-4 inches of soil are dry, soak the pot, letting the excess water drain out thoroughly. Do not leave these plants sitting in saucers of water for longer than 20-30 minutes. During the winter, growth will slow down, and the plants will require far less watering. One to two weeks in between watering is average. Humidity needs to be high for Shingle Plant. Place the pots on top of pebble trays and fill the trays with water every 2-3 days.

Feeding Shingle Plant

A slow-release, granular fertilizer is perfect for Shingle Plant. This type of plant food releases nutrients at every watering and is easily added to the top of the pot once a year. Use a balanced formulation with a 10-10-10 NPK ratio. Apply the fertilizer in the spring as the active growth period begins. 

Rhaphidophora Cryptantha Shingle Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Low
Habit: Climbing
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 4-8 feet
Mature Spread: 12 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Dark Green with Silvery Green Markings Along The Veins
Temperature: 60° - 80°F (16° - 27°C)
Humidity: 60% Or More
Common Name: Rhaphidophora Cryptantha Shingle Plant
Other Name(s): Shingle Plant
Scientific Name: Rhaphidophora cryptantha
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

For more detailed information, please click here.

Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Rhaphidophora Cryptantha Shingle Plant Show Reviews

  • 5
    glad to have this plant!

    Posted by Brian Bruening on Dec 06, 2022

    Lovely plant. Travelled well even though the weather ended up being quite cold.