Heartleaf Philodendron

By: Larry Hodgson

Heartleaf philodendron makes a hearty house plant.See more pictures of house plants.

Heartleaf philodendron has long, winding stems that can trail gracefully from a hanging basket or be trained up a support. Its three- to four-inch leaves are dark green and heart-shaped.

The toughest of all house plants, the heartleaf philodendron can take just about anything other than cold temperatures. This plant is all too often left to take care of itself, resulting in a skimpy look. It is much more attractive when pinched and pruned regularly.


Heartleaf Philodendron Quick Facts:

Scientific Name:Philodendron scandens oxycardium

Common Name: Heartleaf Philodendron

Light Requirement for Heartleaf Philodendron: Bright Light to Light Shade

Water RequirementforHeartleaf Philodendron: Drench, Let Dry

HumidityforHeartleaf Philodendron: Average Home

TemperatureforHeartleaf Philodendron: House

FertilizerforHeartleaf Philodendron: Balanced

Potting MixforHeartleaf Philodendron: All-Purpose

PropagationofHeartleaf Philodendron: Stem Cuttings

Decorative UseforHeartleaf Philodendron: Hanging Basket, Table

Care RatingforHeartleaf Philodendron: Easy


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Larry Hodgson is a full time garden writer working out of Quebec City in the heart of French Canada where he grows well over 3,000 species and varieties. His book credits include Making the Most of Shade, The Garden Lovers Guide to Canada, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, Houseplants for Dummies, and Ortho’s Complete Guide to Houseplants, as well as other titles in English and French. He’s the winner of the Perennial Plant Association’s 2006 Garden Media Award.