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

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Philodendron and wildlife

Philodendron has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Philodendron poisonous?

Philodendron irritates eyes, irritates skin and is harmful if ingested.

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Is known to attract Cats
Is known to attract Dogs
Is known to attract People
No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Is not known to attract Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
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