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Sweetheart Plant

English Name

Philodendron Scandens

Scientific Name

Description

Philodendron Scandens is the most popular species with its glossy green heart-shaped leaves. It is one of the easiest of all house-plants to grow. This plant can be grown as a climbing or trailing specimen.

Panama

Origin

Araceae

Family

55°F - 61°F

Temperature (°F)

Perennial

Life Cycle

None

Fragrance

Color

Watering

Water thoroughly in Summer whenever compost feels dry. Keep slightly damp in Winter to prevent stem rot.

Feeding

Feed monthly in Summer with standard liquid fertilizer.

Repotting

Re-pot once a year in Spring into peat-based compost. Move into containers one size larger, after the maximum convenient pot size 10-12 inch has been reached. An annual top dressing with fresh potting mixture will help keep the plant healthy. Be careful not to disturb roots while re-potting and make sure pot has good drainage.

Propagation

Propagate by stem cuttings 3-4 inch long taken in Spring and Summer, rooted in a heated propagator or by air layering older plants at the same time of year.

Cultivation

Philodendron Scandens will tolerate heavy shade. Train the stems around a supporting framework or up a moss stick where they can sink their aerial roots into the compost. Peel off any faded leaves as soon as they are noticed.

Care

Nip out the growing tips several times to encourage bushiness. Wipe leaves with damp cloth. Use leafshine not more than once a month.

Humidity

Spray the plant overhead twice a week all year round. Or stand it on a tray of moist peat or gravel. In Winter use tepid water.

Soil

Loam or peat-based compost.



Did you know?

Watering is necessary when transplanting, but be careful not to over water.