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Heartleaf Philodendron Plant Care (Philodendron Scandens Oxycardium)

Heartleaf Philodendron Plant Care Tips

The Heartleaf Philodendron is known as the sweetheart plant because of the unique heart shape of its leaves. This ease to care for plant is one of the most popular houseplants. The Heartleaf Philodendron is an evergreen vine that thrives in partial shade at moderate temperatures. In tropical regions it can survive outside, however in most places it is used strictly as a houseplant. While blooms on this fast-growing climber may appear at any time during the year most plants in confinement never bloom.

  • Light Requirements

Heartleaf Philodendron flourishes best in bright filtered or indirect light. However, the Philodendron scandens oxycardium is an excellent houseplant that is able to thrive in medium to low light levels of the most homes.

  • Water Requirements

The Heartleaf Philodendron is commonly a tropical plant, which enjoys a moist environment. The soil surrounding the Philodendron scandens must be kept moist but not soggy. Problems can occur if the plant sets in water or if soil becomes excessively dry. Good drainage is crucial. Spray or wipe the leaves often with a damp cloth and freely water the plant during the growing season. During the summer, mist the Heartleaf Philodendron leaves twice daily; water sparingly during the winter. The humidity of kitchens and bathrooms create an optimum atmosphere for Heartleaf Philodendrons.

  • Fertilizer Requirements

The Heartleaf Philodendron does well with a well-balanced fertilizer. Apply a water-soluble fertilizer once every month or couple of months.

  • Pests and Diseases

Though pests are not normally problematic for Heartleaf Philodendron, common pests include insects and fungal problems. Typical pathogen (fungal, bacterial, viral) problems may include dasheen mosaic virus, root rot, and fungal and bacterial leaf spots. Insects may include mealy bugs, scale insects, and spider mites.

Heartleaf Philodendron: Propagation and Potting

Heartleaf Philodendron can be propagated by stem-tip or leaf bud cutting or by seed. Cuttings should be placed in moist soil and placed in a warm environment until roots form. Seeds should be placed on moist soil medium at kept at 66-75 degrees Fahrenheit. The easiest form of propagation for Philodendron scandens oxycardium is the vegetative propagation, either by stem tip or leaf bud cutting.

Heartleaf Philodendron Interesting Facts

  • Ingestion of any part of the Heartleaf Philodendron may cause severe discomfort. Contact with sap may cause skin irritation.
  • The philodendron is suitable for hanging basket.
  • Most potted Heartleaf Philodendron need support for the climbing stems usually with some type of trellis or moss totem pole.

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