Philodendron Hederaceum (Heartleaf)
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Heartleaf philodendron is a popular house plant because it is extremely easy to grow. It’s also known as the Sweetheart Plant.
Heart-shaped, glossy leaves emerge bronze, then quickly turn green. The leaves are typically 2-4 in (5-10 cm) long, and cover its long, slender stems that can grow to 4 ft (1.2 m) or more.
It will thrive in a small pot for years with little care. Despite its tropical origins, this beautiful evergreen plant is tolerant of dry air, although it appreciates occasional misting. Keep its leaves clean by wiping them with a damp cloth.
Repot every 2-3 years, in spring or early summer. Use a container with drainage holes to prevent root rot. If you want to use a decorative container without drainage, use it as a cachepot — just slip your plain nursery pot into the cachepot.
Light: Moderate to bright light. Small leaves or long spaces between leaves show that the plant is not getting enough light. Move your philodendron plant to a brighter location, but not into direct sun.
Water: Keep soil lightly moist spring through fall. Allow surface to dry out between waterings in winter. Yellow leaves are caused by overwatering.
Humidity: Tolerant of dry air, but likes humidity. Mist foliage occasionally. Brown leaf tips are a symptom of dry air.
Temperature: Average room temperature 60-75°F/16-24°C
Soil: Peat moss-based mix, such as African violet potting mix.
Fertilizer: Feed monthly spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
Propagation: Take stem tip cuttings in spring or early summer. It roots easily in water or moist soil.
(All plants are sold in generic nursery pots, and may naturally vary in colors/sizes from the exact images illustrated above.)