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.
Water thoroughly in Summer whenever compost feels dry. Keep slightly damp in Winter to prevent stem rot.
Feed monthly in Summer with standard liquid fertilizer.
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.
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.
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.
Nip out the growing tips several times to encourage bushiness. Wipe leaves with damp cloth. Use leafshine not more than once a month.
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.
Loam or peat-based compost.
Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.