Heartleaf Philodendron

The Philodendron scandens has been named Heartleaf Philodendron due to its stunning and unique heart-shaped leaves. An evergreen trailing or climbing plant that stands out when hanging from a basket or spilling from a pot. The Heartleaf Philodendron has become one of the most popular Philodendrons sold on the market because of its versatility to be used in various settings and its tolerance of different conditions. It makes an excellent plant for the beginner plant enthusiast. It is native to Brazil and Mexico and is typically found in humid tropical rainforests. However, it is a versatile plant that adapts to many conditions.

New leaves on the Heartleaf Philodendron emerge as a glossy shade of bronze, they swiftly turn a lush shade of green. It is a very quick growing plant that that trails up to 1.5m in length with leaves developing 5-10cm in size. To create a lush bushy plant, it is a good idea to pinch the stems after a leaf node, otherwise it will grow as long single stems that become leggy. As well as spilling from a hanging basket or a shelf the Heartleaf Philodendron makes an excellent climber and works well climbing up a moss pole.

Common Names: Sweet Heart Plant. It also goes by another botanical name; Philodendron cordatum.

Philodendron Scandens Plant Care

Temperature

The ideal temperature for the Heartleaf Philodendron to thrive is between 16 and 24 degrees Celsius. Cooler temperatures will slow its growth. It is tolerant of dry conditions but may appreciate a misting occasionally.

Light

The Heartleaf Philodendron will grow in many different light conditions. However, it will thrive best in bright, indirect light. Leggy stems and small leaves with large spaces between leaves is a sign that the plant isn’t getting enough light.

Watering

Allow the top part of the soil to dry out before watering. The soil likes to be moist but not wet.

Soil

Prefers a soil that drains quickly.

Maintenance

It will be happy in the same pot for a couple of years. Wipe leaves with a damp soft cloth to remove dust and reduce the risk of any pests. Pinch the plant after a leaf node to encourage a full and bushy plant.

Fertilizers

The Heartleaf Philodendron grows quickly and will appreciate being fed with a liquid fertilizer in the spring and summer growth periods.

Toxicity

The Heartleaf Philodendron is toxic and should not be consumed by animals or humans.

Potential Problems

Stem Rot: If temperatures are too cold in winter, or the plant is overwatered in cooler months the stems may rot. Move to a warmer position and water less.

Leggy Stems/Small Leaves: Leggy stems and small leaves, with large spaces between leaves, is a sign that the plant isn’t getting enough light. Shift it to a position with brighter indirect sunlight levels.