Throughout human history the heart has symbolised many things, but above all it has symbolised love. Our capacity for love may very well be our greatest attribute. And we here at A & C love, love, love the Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum). With its deep-green, heart-shaped leaves, this Philodendron is a beauty. Heartleaf Philodendrons are also super easy to care for and almost impossible to kill. And, as an added bonus to their good looks, Heartleaf Philodendron Plants are great at removing air-born toxins such as formaldehyde.
Environment & Light:
Just like Mogwai from Gremlins, make sure to keep Heartshaped Philodendrons out of direct sunlight – they will burn. Medium or bright indirect light is your best bet, however your Heartshaped Philo will tolerate lowlight conditions.
Temperatures between 24-27 degrees Celcius during the day and 13 degrees Celsius in the evening will provide the best environment for your plant to thrive.
Use a quick draining, well-aerated potting soil.
Give your plant a good soaking and then allow the top half of the soil to dry out before watering again.
Yellow leaves indicate over-watering and brown leaves mean that your plant needs more water.
Pests & Disease:
Aphids, Spider Mites, Mealy Bugs, Thrip, and Scale are the main culprits of infestation. The main disease issue is root-rot from overwatering.
All Philodendron plants are poisonous, so please make sure to keep them up and away from little hands or where your much-loved pets might get at them.
Heartleaf Philodendrons are quite easy to propagate using stem cuttings. Ensure that the cutting has four or five nubs on it. Nubs are the small bumps where the leaves meet the stem. This is where roots will eventually grow from.
Did you know?
NASA lists the Heartleaf Philodendron as a clean-air plant. Be still my beating heart! How can you not love this plant?