Similar in growth habit to Pothos, Heartleaf Philodendron is a trailing variety that is easy to care for and does well in most environments.
Light – Does well in low to bright light, though Heartleaf tends to grow faster with more light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can lead to leaf scorch.
Water – Allow to dry out approximately half way before thoroughly saturating the soil. Do not let sit in water. Regardless of variety, Philodendrons do not enjoy being overly wet and will decline if they are frequently overwatered.
Soil – An all purpose, well-draining potting soil like Espoma Potting Soil.
Temperature – Heartleaf prefers temperatures between 60° and 80° and should not be exposed to temperatures below 55°.
Humidity – While tolerant of average humidity, Heartleaf will flourish in higher levels. Frequent misting, a nearby humidifier are or a tray of pebbles and water are all great methods to increase humidity. Alternatively bathrooms are a great location.
Fertilization – Feed during spring, summer and early fall with a balanced fertilizer, like Bonide Liquid Plant Food, according to the label’s instructions. There is no need to fertilize during winter.
Size – Heartleaf’s vines can reach up to 4 feet long and can be trained to climb supports, like a trellis, for upright growth.
Repotting – They don’t enjoy being pot bound so be sure to repot them as soon as you notice they’ve outgrown their containers. Select a container no more than two sizes larger than its current container with good drainage. Heartleaf can also be planted in hanging baskets.
Propagation – Easily propagates by cuttings as long as a node is present.
Toxicity – Moderately toxic to people and pets when ingested.