Tips for Care - Heartleaf Philodendron (Oxycardium)
Oxycardium is also known as the "Sweetheart Plant" because of the different heart shapes of its leaves. It is one of the most popular indoor plants. Oxycardium is an evergreen vine that thrives in partial shade and moderate temperatures. It is one of the hardiest house plants, easy to maintain, and can take care of itself. It can be kept in any corner of your home or office. Oxycardium features in Dr. Wolverton's list of air purifiers.
Potting- The soil should be well-drained or have slight moisture all-time for better growth. It is one of the easiest plants to maintain indoor or outdoor under a shade. If in a pot, the pot should have a proper drainage system. If wrapped around a wooden or plastic pole, use husk. As it grows up, should tie up stems, till it reaches the top progressively. Trim by cutting away dead or overgrown branches of the money plant. If you are planting it in soil, then make a hole to grow it. If planted indoors in a glass jar or bottle, fill the bottle more than half and plant it. If planted in soil, then ensure a hole in the pot.
Watering Requirement - Water well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. Yellow leaves indicate over-watering, and brown leaves mean the plant needs more water.
Light Requirement – A Heartleaf philodendron can survive in low light conditions but grows faster and produces more leaves in medium or bright indirect light. Never put any philodendron plant in direct sun.
Propagation – A Heartleaf philodendron, is easily propagated using stem cuttings, especially during the growing season. Be sure that the stem cutting has several nubs on it. Nubs are the little bumps where the leaves meet the stem and where new roots will eventually develop.
Fertilization – Feed monthly in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Fertilize every other month in the fall and winter. Heartleaf philodendrons are fast-growing plants and need quite a bit of plant food. They are to be fertilised, only when they are actively producing new leaves.
Maximum Reachable height: 1 to 2 ft.
Air purifier: Yes, Dr. Wolverton's list of air purifiers.
Common name(s): Heartleaf Philodendron Scandens, Philodendron Oxycardium