How do you care for a heartleaf philodendron?


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The heart-leaf philodendron is a low-maintenance houseplant known for its long, trailing vines and heart-shaped leaves. Follow a few simple steps in order to care for this plant and help it thrive.

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  1. Place the plant in a good location

    Place the philodendron in a location that receives plenty of diffused light with shady periods. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this causes the leaves to dry out. Keep the plant at a temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Use good potting soil

    Use well-drained soil or lightweight potting mix. Make sure the soil doesn't become waterlogged.

  3. Water the plant

    Water the plant when the top layer of soil feels dry. If possible, place your plant in a humid environment, but be careful because if the philodendron receives too much water, its leaves will begin to turn yellow.

  4. Fertilize the plant

    Apply an all-purpose fertilizer to the plant three or four times a year. If the tips of the leaves start to brown and curl, reduce amount of fertilizer you use.

  5. Prune the vines

    Prune the vines regularly to keep the plant at your desired shape and size. Without pruning the vines, philodendrons can grow excessively.

  6. Watch out for pests

    Although the philodendron has very few pest problems, keep an eye out for infestations. Aphids, mealy bugs, scales and spider mites are known to infest these plants.

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