Philodendron scandens 'Brasil'

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Scientific Name
Philodendron scandens (climbing tree-hugger) 'Brasil'

Also known by the scientific name Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium.

Common Name
Sweetheart Plant, Heart-Leaf Philodendron

Native to Mexico, Brazil and the West Indies; this variety was discovered in cultivation as a naturally-occuring mutation leading to the unique pattern.

If you're looking for a luscious green vining plant, then you're in the right place. This tropical plant will work hanging off a shelf, or can be trained to climb up a moss pole in the same way it would climb up a tree trunk in its native habitat. It's very easy going, and with the right care it can be a fast grower and get over 10ft long! This variety also has very distinctive foliage, with a bright spring-green stripe going down the middle of its deeper green heart-shaped leaves. Choose this variety for its stunning foliage, and keep it as it grows in your home.

Place in moderate to bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves.

Allow the top layer of soil to dry out in between watering - extend this to the top two inches of soil in the winter (these plants are easy-going so if you wait a little longer to water don't panic!). Ensure good drainage and don't allow to sit soggy.

Appreciates above average humidity, but will do just fine in most standard household humidity. Will appreciate an occasional misting, especially if in a dryer spot. Avoid radiators which can dry the plant out!

Use a chunky, well draining mix. Repot every two years in spring as the plant grows.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.

Average household temperatures of about 18-28°C are fine- try not to place somewhere where temperatures dip below 12°C for extended periods.

No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans.

Sprouts Top Tips
Don't use very cold water as this can shock the roots. If the new growth has very small leaves or there are large gaps between leaves, this is a sign the plant is not getting enough light.


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