Meet the Heartleaf Philodendron

This week we are so excited to feature another philodendron. If you’ve walked into Retreat, I’m sure you noticed we just love philodendrons! They are wonderful, easy-to-care for, leafy green plants! Just getting started on your plant journey? Philodendron is a great plant for novices and experts alike. And this week’s philodendron is the adorable heartleaf philodendron (also called the sweetheart philodendron). The leaves of this incredible plant resemble hearts. What’s not to love about a plant that mimics hearts?

What makes these plants so wonderful is that they thrive in medium-to-bright light conditions, but will tolerate even lower light actually quite well. They also need less water than other tropical plants we have in-store, meaning they won’t die at the first hint of neglect. This is a very non-finicky plant that won’t demand a lot of fussing.

These philodendrons are also great in their versatility. You can have them in a container on a table, in a hanging pot, and they also can trail. For this week (March 17, 2019-March 23, 2019), we will be offering 20% off of any heartleaf philodendron purchase. Take advantage of this sale while it lasts, or enter to win a heartleaf philodendron on our Instagram and Facebook accounts. Read more about our past plant features by browsing the Meet our Plants series on the blog!

Quick Facts on the Heartleaf Philodendron:

  • This plant is lighting flexible
    • If you let the heartleaf philodendron choose its own lighting conditions, it would pick something with bright-indirect light, or medium-light
    • However, philodendrons tolerate low-light conditions quite well. They may not grow quite as much with lower light
    • What they cannot tolerate is too much direct sunlight—this can burn their leaves
  • Water once the first-half of soil has dried out
    • When you water your Philodendron, do so thoroughly
    • You may notice your philodendron looking a little wilted. If this happens, water, and your plant should perk right back up
    • Because this plant needs less water than some of our other tropical plants, and bounces back after some water-neglect, it is a great plant for beginners just starting their houseplant collection
  • When potting, use a soil with a lot of drainage
  • Feel free to spritz the leaves in addition to your regular watering routine
  • This plant is considered TOXIC by the ASPCA, so keep out of reach of any curious eaters