Philodendron scandens ‘Brasil’
Heart Leaf Philodendron, Sweetheart Plant
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.
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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.
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.
Feed in spring to late summer with a houseplant fertiliser.
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.