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. 🌳\nPhilodendrons 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 brasil and Philodendron Silver Stripe

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 San Diego, California.

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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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Heartleaf Philodendron in San Diego, California

San Diego, California

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Growing Heartleaf Philodendron in San Diego right now

Light needs for plant Heartleaf Philodendron in San Diego, California

Plant growth potential is currently high 📈

September 28th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Diego is currently high 📈.

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 San Diego, California

Sunlight will decrease by 23.5% ☀️

September 28th, 2022

San Diego is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to decrease by 23.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 15.1 megajoules of energy per m2…

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Light needs for plant Heartleaf Philodendron in San Diego, California

Daylight will decrease by 1.5 hours 📉

September 28th, 2022

This month, San Diego is getting an average of 12.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.3 total hours of …

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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 maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in San Diego, California ☀️.️

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.

When to repot Heartleaf Philodendron

Nutrient needs for plant Heartleaf Philodendron in San Diego, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

September 25th, 2022

The growing potential in San Diego is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot a…

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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!


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Yellow Leaves

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 San Diego, California, 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 365
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 311
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 264
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 236
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 40
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 30
Heartleaf Philodendron has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
Winpapaya avatar
@Winpapaya
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 116 XP
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!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Radflax avatar
@Radflax
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 185 XP
02/13/2022

So awesome I love it 😍 looks stunning and where

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Moonstoneeyes avatar
@Moonstoneeyes
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 911 XP
globe Southampton, PA
01/28/2022

Prone to gnats

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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 9 Plants
xp 1,919 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 5 Plants
xp 142 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
Mollymoon avatar
@Mollymoon
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 2,925 XP
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 !

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Youngplantdad avatar
@Youngplantdad
leaf-1 78 Plants
xp 7,093 XP
globe Washington, IL
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
Aubrey avatar
@Aubrey
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 846 XP
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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Danzplantz4 avatar
@Danzplantz4
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 81 XP
01/08/2022

Thrives with bottom watering!

Fast grower Fast grower
Moospiit avatar
@Moospiit
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 212 XP
01/06/2022

pretty

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Mossycabbages avatar
@Mossycabbages
leaf-1 102 Plants
xp 3,045 XP
globe American Fork, UT
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 55 Plants
xp 10,911 XP
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@Taylorsjungle
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,387 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
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@N1ntendh03
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 756 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 62 Plants
xp 3,832 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 29 Plants
xp 1,536 XP
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Calilaurel avatar
@Calilaurel
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 569 XP
globe Davie, FL
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 337 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
Lolitagrows avatar
@Lolitagrows
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 586 XP
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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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