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Heartleaf philodendron
(Philodendron hederaceum)

Intro/ trivia: Heartleaf philodendron is a beautiful alternative to other popular vines such as Devil’s Ivy. The heart-shaped leaves are a fitting expression of the “philo” in philodendron, which means love! Whether you pinch the vines to keep the plant bushy, train them around poles and wood, or let them hang freely from a basket, this is a versatile and beautiful plant that will be a great addition to your home. Like many indoor plants, Heartleaf philodendron purifies the air and oxygenates the room.

Family: Araceae
Origin: Central America and the Caribbean
Life Cycle: Evergreen Vine/Climber
Difficulty: Easy

Light: This vine can handle fairly low-light conditions; however, it will grow more quickly in medium to high light. Indoors, it’s best to have bright, filtered light. If using this vine as a garden plant, dappled or partial shade will be fine.

Water: Before watering, make sure that the top few centimetres of soil are dry, as Heartleaf vines don’t like the soil to be too waterlogged. They do like the humidity, so it’s good to mist their leaves every so often

Fertiliser: You can fertilise them in the warmer months (infrequently with a slow-release fertiliser, and every fortnight with a liquid), but never in Winter, as they do not need the extra nutrients.

Fruit/ Flowers: Mature plants can sometimes grow a bract of white flowers; however, this is unlikely indoors or in a newer plant.

Pests & Problems: This plant is not very tolerant of the cold, so it is much better suited to being a houseplant than out in a Melbourne garden.

Growth: This vine can grow up to 6m in length, but will stay smaller if kept in the pot. The leaves can grow up to 30cm long! But they are usually around 10-15cm or smaller.

Repotting/ Propagation: You can take stem tip cuttings in Spring and they will root well in soil, and you should be able to propagate Heartleaf philodendron with ease.

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