How to grow and care for Heartleaf philodendron

Written by Maggie

Oct 29 2021

How to grow and care for Heartleaf philodendron
Heartleaf Philodendron, climbing strong, heart-shaped dark green leaves, is an elegant foliage plant. So how to grow Heartleaf Philodendron? How to care for Heartleaf Philodendron when growing it? To learn more about Heartleaf Philodendron, follow this guide.
Heartleaf Philodendron  

How to grow Heartleaf Philodendron  

Best growing soil: Heartleaf Philodendron potted substrate is rich in humus and well-drained loam. Generally, 1 part leaf mould, 1 part garden soil, 1 part peat soil, and a little river sand and basal fertilizer are used to make it. Planting can be in the pot column, around 3~5 plants seedlings, allowing its climbing growth.
Growth humidity requirement: Heartleaf Philodendron likes wetting, relative humidity above 60 {bf}, generally in 70 {bf} ~90 {bf}.
Optimal growth temperature: Heartleaf Philodendron is not resistant to cold, and winter overwintering temperature should be above 10℃. It grows best at the temperature of 25-32℃.
Best growing light: Heartleaf Philodendron likes bright light, avoids strong sunlight, shading is required in general growing season 50 {bf} ~60 {bf}. But it can also endure a dark indoor environment, but for a long time the light is too weak and easy to cause long, internodes become long, thin growth, not conducive to viewing. (Find more indoor plants for low light here.)
Heartleaf Philodendron  

How to care for Heartleaf Philodendron 

Sprinkle fertilizer: Regularly pay attention to topdressing water-soluble fertilizer during the Heartleaf Philodendron growing season, generally fertilizing it 1-2 times per month. Fertilization should be stopped in late autumn and winter when growth is slow or stops.
Heartleaf philodendron likes high temperature and a wet environment. It is necessary to keep the soil moist, especially in summer, and spray water on the leaf surface frequently. But to avoid basin soil water, otherwise, the leaves are easily yellow. Generally in spring and summer, water every day. In autumn watering can be every 3~5 days. In winter, the amount of water should be reduced, but can not make the basin completely dry soil.
Prune: When turning the pot in spring, trim the knotted Heartleaf root properly, so as to promote the growth of new mustache, so as to avoid the root system absorbing poorly and unable to support the larger leaf.
Key points of propagation: The propagation method of Heartleaf Philodendron is mostly carried out by cutting, sowing and plant division.
In the family we had better adopt the cutting, plant division method, the operation is relatively simple. Cutting propagation, between May and September to cut the growth of healthy and long stems, directly inserted into the clean river sand placed in the semi-shade, maintain high air humidity, temperature to 25℃ or so, 20-25 days can take root. When there are small plants growing at the base of the old plant, it can be combined with soil changing and basin changing to separate the small plants from the old plant carefully, so as not to hurt the roots of the old plant. Also, the side plants can be picked in advance, which can dwarf plants and produce more side plants. When the new side plants are about 15 cm long, the aerial roots can be cut out and another plant can be planted. (Find more best indoor hanging plants here.)
Disease and insect control: leaf spot disease, blight disease: 65 {BF} can be used to spray zinc wettable powder 500 times liquid, spraying 800 to 1000 times liquid. Scale insects, starscream: insecticide can be sprayed to kill.
Heartleaf Philodendron  

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