Philodendron Hederaceum Heartleaf
Philodendron Hederaceum Heartleaf, aka Heartleaf Philodendron, is native to a small region in Southeastern coastal Brazil, not far from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Its graceful, heart-shaped leaves are dark and glossy green in colour, growing profusely when it's happy. It is incredibly forgiving and is a great first-time houseplant for anyone who wants to enjoy the natural beauty of plants without a lot of maintenance.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will do well in low light, but will grow faster with brighter light. A low light plant can pretty much survive anyplace inside your home as long as you have a window in the room. Remember, low light does not mean no light and plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They like the soil to be relatively dry before the next watering. That usually takes about 2 weeks in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but for them, it's always safer to underwater or water when you see signs of lack of water (i.e. droopy, floppy, or soft leaves). Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
They can live in any average home humidity condition and are fairly hardy.
Soft, yellow leaves may indicate overwatering, while crispy, brown leaves usually mean the plant needs more water. If you wish to propagate, take stem cuttings during the warmer months and place the stem in water or moist soil, making sure to keep at least one node - point of attachment of a leaf - submerged, from which the roots will grow, and they should root quite easily.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.