Plant Care Heartleaf Philodendron

Heartleaf Philodendron

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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

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.

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

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5"
☀️ Light

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 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Heartleaf Philodendron in your home 🏡.

🪴 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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Heartleaf Philodendron →

Common Heartleaf Philodendron Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Heartleaf Philodendron prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Heartleaf Philodendron Water Frequency →

Heartleaf Philodendron Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

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 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Heartleaf Philodendron Light Requirements →

Heartleaf Philodendron Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Heartleaf Philodendron is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Heartleaf Philodendron Toxicity to Dogs →

Heartleaf Philodendron Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Heartleaf Philodendron prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Heartleaf Philodendron Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Heartleaf Philodendron does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Heartleaf Philodendron →


💩 Fertilizer

Heartleaf Philodendron should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Heartleaf Philodendron →


❄️ Dormancy

Heartleaf Philodendron does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!


🌎 Native Region

Heartleaf Philodendron is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.


🌸 Flowers

Heartleaf Philodendron produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Heartleaf Philodendron Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Heartleaf Philodendron is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Heartleaf Philodendron →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Heartleaf Philodendron can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Heartleaf Philodendron Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Heartleaf Philodendron can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Heartleaf Philodendron, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


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 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 361
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 309
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 261
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 232
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 40
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 29
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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02/28/2022

They are so beautiful and can withstand a lot, my house has made like 2/3 from the original one. Great Plant!!

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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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02/13/2022

So awesome I love it 😍 looks stunning and where

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 22 Plants
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01/28/2022

Prone to gnats

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leaf-1 1 Plants
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01/16/2022

It’s a nice plant

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@PinguDog avatar
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leaf-1 9 Plants
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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.

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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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.

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leaf-1 41 Plants
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globe Fort Collins, CO
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 !

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leaf-1 90 Plants
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globe Washington, IL
01/11/2022

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

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leaf-1 13 Plants
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globe Coos Bay, OR
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

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leaf-1 1 Plants
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01/08/2022

Thrives with bottom watering!

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leaf-1 2 Plants
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01/06/2022

pretty

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leaf-1 66 Plants
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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

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leaf-1 31 Plants
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globe Portland, OR
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.

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leaf-1 21 Plants
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12/21/2021

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

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leaf-1 0 Plants
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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! ✨🌿✨

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leaf-1 55 Plants
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12/12/2021

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

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leaf-1 24 Plants
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globe Round Hill, VA
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.

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leaf-1 15 Plants
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globe Davie, FL
12/06/2021

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

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leaf-1 3 Plants
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12/02/2021

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

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leaf-1 28 Plants
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globe Tustin, CA
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

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