Philodendron scandens ‘Brasil’

Heart Leaf Philodendron, Sweetheart Plant

From £9.95

A stunning colourful variety of the classic climber/trailer from Central & South American and the Caribbean, with gold and green painted heart shaped leaves and peach toned new shoots. This makes a an easy and adaptable indoor plant for bright indirect light or some shade, and can grow to astonishing lengths.

Origin: tropical forests of South America
Genus: Philodendron
Species / Cultivar: scandens
Common Name: Heart Leaf Philodendron, Sweetheart Plant

Plant Biography

Hailing from Central America and the Caribbean, in the wild this plant is found growing up the trunks of other trees. Given that many of its older leaves remain close to the shaded forest floor, it’s tolerant of low light.

It’s easy to propagate with cuttings, allowing you to turn one plant into a living wall with relative ease, or share the love by giving them to your friends!

Though it is tricky to achieve indoors, given the right conditions Philodendron scandens can produce white flowers once it has matured enough.

Philodendron scandens 'Brasil'
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Growth Rate: Fast
Capable of prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

In the wild these climbers can grow to about 6 metres long. In the home, if they grow too large for their space they’re very easy to trim and propagate with the cuttings!

If the leaves of your Philodendron begin to droop, it can suggest either overwatering or underwatering, whilst yellowing leaves suggest the plant is getting too much bright, direct sunlight that is scorching its leaves.

Expert Tip

Amongst the easiest houseplants to grow, Philodendron scandens prefers a room with bright indirect light, but is tolerant of some shade. However, in darker locations the plant tends to become leggier.
Variegation explained

Variegation explained

Variegation in the Aroid family of plants is a common feature and the Philodendron scandens is no exception.

The variegation in the ‘Brasil’ philodendron, however is not always stable and it can go either way: some leaves will revert to the dark deep green of the P.scandens, while others will slowly grow on stems that are turning full bright yellow.

This behaviour is usually found on vines that have had their growth point cut and the new branches are coming out from the nodes below the cut.