- Botanical name: Philodendron scandens
- Common name: Sweetheart plant
- Family: Araceae
- Plant Type: House plant, Evergreen
- Key features:
- Dramatic foliage
With its glossy, heart-shaped leaves, Philodendron scandens, or sweetheart plant, is a popular choice for the home. It’s a versatile, air-purifying, house plant which can be trained to trail or climb. It can reach heights of up to 4m in 5-10 years, with the leaves reaching lengths of up to 30cm. Mature plants may produce green and white flowers.
For best results grow Philodendron scandens in medium light, but it will also tolerate bright or shady spots. Avoid direct sunlight which can scorch the leaves. Keep the soil moist, only watering when the top layer of soil has dried out to avoid overwatering. Philodendron scandens thrives in humid environments so mist occasionally to help maintain humidity. Feed once a month in spring and summer.
Philodendron scandens is toxic to humans and animals and can cause skin irritation so take care when handling.
Advice on buying Philodendron scandens
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- Philodendron scandens may be available from your local garden centre or nursery, but you will have more options online
- Always check plants for signs of damage or disease before planting
Where to buy Philodendron scandens
How to grow Philodendron scandens
- Plant care: Avoid strong sunlight, brightspot-not direct sunlight, mist leaves regularly, needs a humid spot/position
Philodendron scandens and wildlife
Philodendron scandens has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.
Is Philodendron scandens poisonous?
Philodendron scandens is harmful if ingested, irritates eyes and irritates skin.
Toxic to Cats
Toxic to Dogs
Toxic to People
No reported toxicity to Birds
No reported toxicity to Horses
No reported toxicity to Livestock