Philodendron hederaceum aka Heart Leaf Philodendron


Philodendron hederaceum, also known as the Heartleaf Philodendron or Philodendron brasil, is a species of flowering plant native to Central America and the Caribbean which is popular for the houseplant trade. It is a fairly tolerant and attractive houseplant that is great for first-time houseplant owners and makes a great gift plant. Philodendrons have fascinating features, such as aerial roots that can grip to trees, allowing them to grow up to 20 feet tall, and big leaves which can grow to the size of a dinner plate. Evidence of Philodendrons in our history dates back more than 30 million years ago when South America was still connected to Antarctica!

Common names

Heart Leaf Philodendron, How To Grow, Philodendron Brazil

How to care for Heart Leaf Philodendron


Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can successfully care for Heart Leaf Philodendron due to its easy-going nature.


Heart Leaf Philodendron should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.


Heart Leaf Philodendron loves a well-draining soil. Perlite and vermiculite help with drainage, while coco coir adds organic matter, so a good potting soil mix will have all three. You can improve store-bought soil by adding some perlite to it.


During the wintertime, it's common for Heart Leaf Philodendron to go dormant and their growth may slow down, so waterings should be spaced out more.


The toxicity level of this plant has not been officially confirmed by Ploi. If there is a possibility of ingestion of plant material with an uncertain toxicity by you, a family member, or a pet, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a medical professional.


No additional humidity is required for the Heart Leaf Philodendron. Plants take in most of their water through their roots, not their leaves, therefore, watering the soil is the most effective way to supply humidity to your plants.


Repotting the Heart Leaf Philodendron is necessary either when it has doubled in size or once every year, whichever happens first. With fresh potting soil replenished annually, the plant will receive all the necessary nutrients, rendering the use of fertilizer unnecessary. Keep in mind that the source of a plant's energy is the sun, not fertilizer.

Region of origin

Heart Leaf Philodendron’s native range is Central, South America, and the Caribbean.

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