Heart Leaf Philodendron - Philodendron scandens

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Scientific Name
Philodendron scandens (climbing tree-hugger) or philodendron hederaceum (ivy-like tree-hugger)

Common Names
Sweetheart Plant

Tropical areas of South/ Central America

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!

Place in bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight (except maybe an hour per day in winter when it's weaker!) as this can scorch the leaves.

Allow the top two inches of soil to dry out in between waterings (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 in water.

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. Water less in darker areas.

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

Will benefit from a light feed throughout spring and summer- especially since it takes a lot of energy to produce such beautiful foliage!

Average household temperatures of about 18-28° 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
Water with tepid rather than cold water to avoid shocking the plant. Rotate it now and then to promote even growth. Avoid draughty spots.