Heart Leaf Philodendrons

Published: Apr 29, 2023 • Updated: Sep 28, 2023

A comprehensive guide to Heart Leaf Philodendrons including care instructions, where to purchase, and handpicked resources for further learning.

By: Nalin Singapuri
Philodendron Brasil in 6" pot

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Philodendron Hederaceum

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Heart Leaf Philodendrons Characteristics

Scientific Name:
   Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium 'Brasil', Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium 'Silver Stripe'

Common Name(s):
   Philodendron Hederaceum, Heart Leaf Philodendron, Philodendron Oxycardium, Philodendron Brasil, Philodendron Silver Stripe

Native Environment:
    Rainforests of Mexico, West Indies, Brazil

   Variegated (unstable)



Heart Leaf Philodendrons Care

Variegated heart leaf philodendrons, such as Brasil and Silver Stripe, are popular household plant with attractive green and yellow foliage. Here are the care instructions for keeping Philodendron Hederaceums healthy.

Philodendron Brasil in 2
Philodendron Brasil in 2" pot


Philodendron Hederaceum plants prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid placing her in direct sunlight, as this can burn her leaves. Inadequate light can lead to slow growth, smaller leaves, and reverted variegation.


Use a finger to probe the top inch of soil and water your Heart Leaf Philodendron when she feels dry to the touch. Soak throughly, let water run through drainage holes in the pot. Do not overwater, as this can lead to root rot. Ensure proper drainage and prevent water from pooling in the pot. Make sure to use a planter with drainage holes, which can be nested inside of a decorative planter if desired.

a good soil mix for Philodendron Oxycardium
rich well-draining soil is great for the Philodendron Brasils roots


Philodendron Silver Stripes love a rich, well draining soil with chunky bits to help oxygenate the roots. A mixture of 1/3 orchid bark, 1/3 perlite and 1/3 compost works well. Our Philodendron Friday Potting Mix is suitable for most aroids and augments these ratios with additional ingredients like charcoal and worm castings to help supply added nutrients.


Fertilize your Philodendron Hederaceum plant once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.


Heart Leaf Philodendrons prefer high humidity (around 70% in their native habitat). To increase humidity, you can place a humidifier nearby, group the plant with other plants or utilize an enclosed plant cabinet or greenhouse.


Repot your Philodendron Oxycardium plant every 1-2 years, or when it becomes root-bound. Transfer to a pot with drainage holes thats an inch or two larger.


Philodendron Brasils propagate via node cuttings. Select an area with a few nodes and remove it from the mother with clean scissors. Trim excess leaves and root in water or sphagnum moss. Our guide to philodendron propagation details the process.


Trim any yellow or brown leaves off your Philodendron Silver Stripe as they appear. You can prune the plant to control its size and shape.


Philodendron Hederaceum can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11 to 12.

By following these care tips, your Heart Leaf Philodendron plant should thrive and continue to add beauty to your space.

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Nalin Singapuri

Self appointed Mayor of Plantytown, the ultimate "Plant Whisperer" and the proud overlord of a jungle disguised as a nursery. With a green thumb so legendary, even the plants line up for selfies with him. 🌿📸

When he's not talking chlorophyll with his leafy friends, or writing engrossing articles about Heart Leaf Philodendronss you'll find him nurturing his nursery like it's his own personal garden of Eden.

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