The Heartleaf Philodendron is known as the sweetheart plant because of the unique heart shape of its leaves. This ease to care for plant is one of the most popular houseplants. The Heartleaf Philodendron is an evergreen vine that thrives in partial shade at moderate temperatures. In tropical regions it can survive outside, however in most places it is used strictly as a houseplant. While blooms on this fast-growing climber may appear at any time during the year most plants in confinement never bloom.
Heartleaf Philodendron flourishes best in bright filtered or indirect light. However, the Philodendron scandens oxycardium is an excellent houseplant that is able to thrive in medium to low light levels of the most homes.
The Heartleaf Philodendron is commonly a tropical plant, which enjoys a moist environment. The soil surrounding the Philodendron scandens must be kept moist but not soggy. Problems can occur if the plant sets in water or if soil becomes excessively dry. Good drainage is crucial. Spray or wipe the leaves often with a damp cloth and freely water the plant during the growing season. During the summer, mist the Heartleaf Philodendron leaves twice daily; water sparingly during the winter. The humidity of kitchens and bathrooms create an optimum atmosphere for Heartleaf Philodendrons.
The Heartleaf Philodendron does well with a well-balanced fertilizer. Apply a water-soluble fertilizer once every month or couple of months.