Philodendron scandens

Heart Leaf Philodendron, Sweetheart Plant

(3 customer reviews)

Acclaimed for its attractive heart shaped leaves, hence the nickname ‘Heartleaf Philodendron’, Philodendron scandens is both easy to look after and incredibly endearing as either a climber or trailing plant.

With a little interior design experimentation, these plants are brilliant to add a little flair to your home. Trail them from a tall shelf, let the foliage wrap around a beam or banister, grow it up a moss pole, droop it from a basket held up by macramé, or even pin the foliage so it grows spread out up a wall – the possibilities are endless.

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Origin: Central America, Caribbean
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
Light: Low
This plant will tolerate shadier positions with only a little natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 18-22°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Small
Will stay small enough for a desk or shelf.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth 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!

Expert Tip

Amongst the easiest houseplants to grow, Philodendron scandens prefers a room with bright indirect light, but is tolerant of some shade.

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.

I ordered this plant for my mums kitchen. It arrived fast despite all the Christmas rush. Really well packed, and healthy. It already makes a statement. Well be ordering from The Palm Centre again

J Robinson.

I ordered this plant for my mums kitchen. It arrived fast despite all the Christmas rush. Really well packed, and healthy. It already makes a statement. Well be ordering from The Palm Centre again

3 customer reviews for Philodendron scandens

Well packed, moist, happy plants that I am delighted with – met all my expectations and more. Tall, healthy and ready to make an impact in the garden. Thank you

Sophie Rajraji

I ordered this plant for my mums kitchen. It arrived fast despite all the Christmas rush. Really well packed, and healthy. It already makes a statement.
Well be ordering from The Palm Centre again

J Robinson

Good size, arrived with moist soil and no damage.

Richard L.