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It is easy to see how the Philodendron hederaceum, or Heartleaf Philodendron, gets its name; its heart-shaped leaves add a touch of tropical beauty to any environment. Native to Central America and the Caribbean, Philodendron was brought to Europe at the end of the 18th century and eventually established itself as a firm favourite. Its swift growth and beautiful leaves are the basis for its huge popularity.
While it might not love temperate climates, Philodendron is a perfect houseplant. It can serve as a hanging decoration or be coaxed to climb vertically. It grows quickly even in indirect light due to its nature as a climbing plant, underneath the canopy of larger trees. In fact, Philodendron means “tree-hugger” due to its tendency to embrace the trees it climbs in the wild. Perfect for plant lovers like us!
Philodendron originates in the humid jungles of Central America and the islands of the Caribbean, often at elevation of over 1000 metres. It uses its vines to grip and climb up trees, whose canopy protects the Philodendron from direct sunlight - resulting in a plant that is adapted to lower light intensities. As such, this plant should be kept out of direct sunlight.
Accustomed to warm, humid climates, the Philodendron does not tolerate cold and must be grown indoors in temperate regions. In order to simulate the humid conditions of its home, Philodendron needs to be misted regularly, usually once a week, though the soil only needs to be damp. It will grow well if given indirect light, though it can handle relatively long periods of low-light conditions.
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