Philodendron 'Sweetheart Vine'
6" PHILODENDRON CORDATUM HANGING BASKET
Philodendron 'Heart-Shaped' Vine
USDA Zones 11-12
This Philodendron vine is grown by plant lovers for its heart-shaped foliage & how easy it is for this tropical vine to be grown indoors. They tolerate neglect, low light, poor soil, & inconsistent watering. Looking for a gift for a plant-growing-beginner or anyone who wants to enjoy the natural beauty of plants without any experience or time to spend on maintenance this is THE PLANT!
Grown for its heart shaped foliage, this Philodendron doesn't bloom. It grows between 6 to 36 inches tall with a space range of 12 to 36 inches. Being a tropical plant, the lowest temperatures it can stand are are between 60 & 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this, if you're looking to keep this Philodendron outside, make sure it is planted in a container that can be easily moved inside during winter & fall months where temperatures fall below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
**You will receive your 6" size plant with vines 6" to 12" long, bare rooted with the hanging basket it was grown in
In the last few pictures we planted our Philodendron in the White Ceramic Leather Cord Hanging Basket we have for sale! Find it in the pots section!
Plant your Philodendron cordatum vine in an all purpose potting mix. You want to water it every 5 to 7 days depending on the light & temperature of where your plant is located in. You want to keep your soil evenly moist, but not soggy.
Because 'Brasil' is such a forgiving plant, experimenting on where you want your vine to live, its watering schedule, & light availability is easy.
Ultimately, you want your soil to remain evenly moist. Experiment with your watering schedule without worrying that if you get it wrong the first few tries, it won't harm the plant. Other than that, apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during active growth & dust or wipe off the leaves for best display.
'Brasil' prefers moist, but well drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4" of soil is dry, or foliage/plants are wilted, it is time to water.
Apply water at the soil level if possible, opposed to watering from above the foliage to keep from getting the leaves wet. Saturate your pot until water is running out of the drainage hole located at the base of the pot. This indicates the soil is thoroughly wet.
Your Philodendron receives water through it's roots. If you use a spray bottle to water your plant or only use enough water to wet the top soil, the water doesn't isn't able to reach the roots. Ultimately, these waiting methods are useless. Saturating the soil of your plant until you see it flowing from the drainage hole ensures water has made it to the roots & said roots are able to transfer the water & nutrients to the rest of the plant.
With that being said, planting your Philodendron in a pot with a drainage hole is just as imperative. If there is water constantly sitting at the bottom of the pot, the roots will continue to move water to the leaves causing them to receive an excess amount, ultimately causing the foliage to become mushy & eventually fall off.
Yellow leaves indicate overwatering & brown leaves mean the plant needs more water.
Furthermore, keeping the roots from being able to dry out will cause 'root rot,' a disease in plants in which the roots of a plant rot & decay.
A heartleaf Philodendron can survive in low light conditions, but grows faster & produces more leaves in medium or bright indirect light. Never put any Philodendron plant in direct sun.
REPOTTING YOUR PHILODENDRON CORDATUM
Repot your vine every 2 years in the same container* or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots. Potting up should only done when your plant has become root bound or overcrowded in its container.
*While repotting your plant in the same container seems useless or redundant, doing so works wonders by refreshing the soil, loosening the root ball, & free up root space.
Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic, or synthetic. As Philodendrons are such easy & forgiving plants, many different types of fertilizer may be used. To determine which application method is best for your specific light & watering situation, the only requirements for the fertilizer product you choose is that they have a nutritional balance & are designed for foliage plants.
Too much fertilizer can damage plants, so it's important to follow the package directions to determine how much & how often to feed your plant(s).
Here, at Horticult, we use Ozmocote, which is slow-release. This is an especially good choice for your Philodendron as it is a care-free choice & works exceptionally in container arrangements or individual pots. A single application of slow-release fertilization can often provide a proper amount of nutrition all season long.
Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired shape & size, keep the plants looking neat & tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side shoots, & reduces the demand fo the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots prefer a confined space.