Heart Leaf Philodendron

Philodendron cordatum

Philodendron Cordatum, also known as Heart Leaf Philodendron, is native to Brazil. Heart Leaf Philodendron is known for its stunning heart-shaped leaves in deep green hues and its ability to be trained to climb up trellises or moss poles, making it an easy plant to create a jungle vibe with. Heart Leaf Philodendron makes for a stunning indoor plant because of its trailing foliage and quick growing nature.


Philodendron cordatum can tolerate medium to low light but are happiest in bright indirect light where they will produce larger foliage more quickly. They should be watered when the first inch or two of soil feels dry. Philodendron cordatum are easy plants to care for and are wonderful plants to learn to propagate with, simply cut leaves below the node or root and place in water to begin the process.

Care Tips

Philodendron cordatum

Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall:


Philodendron cordatum grows best in medium to bright indirect light. It can tolerate lower light conditions, but its growth will be much slower and smaller.


We recommend watering when the first two inches of soil feels dry.


Philodendrons prefer temperatures of 65⁰ to 85⁰.


Apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.

Fun Facts

  1. Epiphytic and Epilithic: The Heart Leaf Philodendron can grow on trees and rocks, using its aerial roots to attach itself to supporting surfaces.
  2. Easy to Propagate: Trimming back the Heart Leaf Philodendron not only strengthens the plants and encourages fuller growth, it grants the opportunity to cultivate new plants. Separate the leaves by snipping just below each root node, dip the nodes in rooting hormone, and place cuttings in water. Plant cuttings in soil once roots become established.
  3. Not a Pothos: Vining members of the Philodendron genus can be easily mistaken for plants in the Epipremnum genus, but are totally different plants!
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