Common Names: Heart Leaf Philodendron
Botanical Names: Philodendron hederaceum
We love all vining forms of philodendron because they are fearless and fierce growers while looking gorgeous doing it! Indoor plants that hang, trail, climb, and cling are our thing! Climbing philodendrons like Philodendron Heart Leaf use aerial roots to cling onto surfaces to gain access to light. It is in their DNA to find the light source and when they do, their leaves will become large, and in some cases, change form. Calling them hardy houseplants is an understatement as they can go for long periods of time without water, but it is important to make sure they are watered when you see their leaves start to droop down.
Philodendron hederaceum can handle low light, but if you want them to grow faster and produce larger leaves, provide medium to bright indirect light. In a north- or east-facing window, you can place them close to access more sun, or you can keep them out of reach of direct light in a south- or west-facing window. Learn more about light requirements for indoor plants!
Philodendron Heart Leaf loves a good soaking after the soil has almost completely dried out. Water more often during the warmer months while growing, and reduce watering during the winter months, letting the soil almost completely dry out between watering. You can avoid over-watering these hardy indoor vines by planting them in terra-cotta pots as the clay wicks the water from the soil. This is a great trick for perennial over-waterers!
Potting soil rich in nutrients and organic matter but still can drain well is the perfect growing medium for all philodendrons. Most coco coir or peat-based potting soil mixes will be adequate but make sure that they do not contain water-retentive crystals as they can cause the soil to stay moist, causing root rot. If you are feeling adventurous, try creating your own potting soil!
Most household temperature ranges (65-80°F) are adequate for these Philodendron Heart Leaf. Letting them remain in temperatures under 55℉ will stunt their growth. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be fatal for these tropical indoor plants.
Philodendron Heart Leaf can live in average humidity, but increased humidity will help this plant develop faster. Place it in an area that is naturally humid or use a humidifier or a pebble tray with water to create the ideal environment. Learn how to increase the humidity for you indoor plants!
Philodendron hederaceum love to be fertilized during their active growing season, so be sure to use either ¼-diluted fish emulsion with iron or ¼-diluted complete liquid fertilizer twice a month. Another option is to top-dress your plants with compost (like worm castings) in the spring. It will slowly release nutrients to the roots throughout the growing season. Learn more about how to fertilize your houseplants!
The Philodendron Heart Leaf is a robust plant. So, it can grow fast and long without too much attention. The leaves can grow in size to 4” +, and the stems can reach great lengths! You can trim them or train them as a climbing plant by wrapping the stems around a trellis. They look lovely both ways!
Pet Friend or Foe
The Philodendron Heart Leaf is toxic if ingested. Foe!
- Rotate your philodendron to promote a complete, balanced indoor plant.
- When trimming the houseplant, cut under the node (swollen nodule where the leaves and aerial roots form) to propagate a new plant!
- Always check the leaves (top and bottom) during your care sessions. Check for unwanted guests (pests and diseases).
- Use well-draining soil rich in organic matter when re-potting your philodendron.
- Get creative and find fun ways to stake up your indoor vines!
- Watch our video on growing big philodendron and pothos!