Plant Care Heartleaf Philodendron

Heartleaf Philodendron

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Heartleaf Philodendron has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Heartleaf Philodendron

One of the most common houseplants, the heartleaf Philodendron, gets its name from the Greek words meaning tree-loving. These vining plants can be found climbing trees all across their native range of South America and the Caribbean and in the homes of plant lovers worldwide. 🌳

Philodendrons grow aerial roots that grip the bark of trees, allowing them to grow over 20 feet tall! Their heart-shaped leaves change shape as they climb and can grow larger than a dinner plate. Fossils show Philodendrons growing as far back as 30 million years ago when South America was still connected to Antarctica! ❄️

Taxonomy

Philodendron hederaceum
Philodendron
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Philodendron scandens, Philodendron Brazil, Philodendron Silver Stripe, Brazilian Philodendron and 'Rio'

How to care for Heartleaf Philodendron

Water

How often to water your Heartleaf Philodendron

Water needs for Heartleaf Philodendron
0.5 cups
every 9

Heartleaf Philodendron needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Heartleaf Philodendron

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Plant care guide for Heartleaf Philodendron in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

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Growing Heartleaf Philodendron in Louisville right now

Light needs for plant Heartleaf Philodendron in Louisville, Kentucky

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 20th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Louisville is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determ…

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Light needs for plant Heartleaf Philodendron in Louisville, Kentucky

Sunlight will increase by 24.2% ☀️

January 20th, 2022

Louisville is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Louisville is expected to increase by 24.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.8 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant Heartleaf Philodendron in Louisville, Kentucky

Daylight will increase by 0.7 hours 📈

January 19th, 2022

This month, Louisville is getting an average of 6.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of d…

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Finding light for Heartleaf Philodendron in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Heartleaf Philodendron: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Heartleaf Philodendron can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Louisville, Kentucky ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Heartleaf Philodendron

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Heartleaf Philodendron: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Heartleaf Philodendron after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Heartleaf Philodendron is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Heartleaf Philodendron

Heartleaf Philodendron

Heartleaf Philodendron


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Louisville, Kentucky, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Heartleaf Philodendron has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 364
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 303
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 258
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 235
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 41
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 41
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 29
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
Plantrocko avatar
@Plantrocko
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
01/16/2022

It’s a nice plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pingudog avatar
@Pingudog
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 256 XP
01/16/2022

Lovely plant with lots of new leaves most weeks and somewhat easy to care for. Can climb or trail and it’s so easy to propagate. Wonderful plant for beginners.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Insidegarden avatar
@Insidegarden
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 57 XP
01/12/2022

I love the appearance of this plant. It has nearly tripled since I purchased it in June of 2021. The initial plant had larger leaves were much larger than those it is now producing. I'll be looking into the cause.

Fast grower Fast grower
Topmoonwort avatar
@Topmoonwort
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 375 XP
globe Fort Collins, Colorado
01/12/2022

This guys don’t mind drying out all the way and recover quickly if underwatered. But don’t like to be overwatered so check the soil before watering it !

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Youngplantdad avatar
@Youngplantdad
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 1,692 XP
globe Washington, Illinois
01/11/2022

They say that they typically handle low light conditions but they like bright indirect! Perfect first time plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Aubrey avatar
@Aubrey
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 798 XP
globe Coos Bay, Oregon
01/11/2022

so beautiful and so easy to take care of. lots of bright indirect light and it’s golden. love mine to death

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Danzplantz4 avatar
@Danzplantz4
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 67 XP
01/08/2022

Thrives with bottom watering!

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Moospiit avatar
@Moospiit
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 124 XP
01/06/2022

pretty

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Mossycabbages avatar
@Mossycabbages
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 1,471 XP
12/28/2021

I started out with three cuttings of one leaf each mid august 2021 and I now have 20+ leaves. This plant has thrived with ~65% humidity, grow lights, and an inch of spagnum moss on top of the soil. Overall a very easy plant to care for and quick to propagate

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Roxanne avatar
@Roxanne
leaf-1 80 Plants
xp 6,940 XP
globe Portland, Oregon
12/25/2021

I love all the shades of green and it’s heart shaped leaves. Very forgiving and easy going plant to care for.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Taylorsjungle avatar
@Taylorsjungle
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 597 XP
12/21/2021

Beginner friendly & gives so much with very few care requirements! Perfect for hanging pots or on top of a shelf :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
N1ntendh03 avatar
@N1ntendh03
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 355 XP
12/15/2021

I’ve had this plant for a very long time. She survived a winter storm. My power went out and my house was freezing for one week. Very much proud of her! Vibes are my favorite too! ✨🌿✨

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Rwags avatar
@Rwags
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 2,431 XP
12/12/2021

Have loved watched this take off. Fun looking plant. Have in a south window and water just before soil gets dry.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Rinnyk avatar
@Rinnyk
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 859 XP
globe Round Hill, Virginia
12/07/2021

Got this little plant from my local nursery. We thought there was an issue with pests but a little quarantine, lots of love and it’s growing beautifully. My kids love to check on it and their other window plants daily.

Pretty easy to care for.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Calilaurel avatar
@Calilaurel
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 284 XP
globe Davie, Florida
12/06/2021

Amazing a beautiful trailer that I’ve been able to cut and transplant several times!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Carter avatar
@Carter
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 180 XP
12/02/2021

I’ve never had the best green thumb, but this plant truly is a survivor and it is beautiful, too!

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Lolitagrows
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 586 XP
globe Tustin, California
11/30/2021

such a beautiful plant and loves to climb a pole! many leaves and constant new growth makes for a happy plant parent

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Mojo avatar
@Mojo
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 589 XP
globe Austin, Texas
11/29/2021

Absolutely beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Brim avatar
@Brim
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 167 XP
globe Oregon, Ohio
11/27/2021

Longest plant I’ve ever been able to keep alive with no problems. It’ll wilt when it needs watered and perk right back up after. Great plant for people who kill succulents.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Quickanddirtygardens avatar
@Quickanddirtygardens
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 141 XP
globe Portland, Oregon
11/26/2021

A classic houseplant. Easy to grow, easy to propagate, fills in or climbs a pole!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower

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