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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Heart-Leaf Philodendron Plant Care

Common Name: Heart-Leaf Philodendron
Scientific Name: Philodendron scandens oxycardium
Lighting: Moderate
Watering: Moderate to Low

The Heart-leaf Philodendron is a great vining houseplant. I have had mine for over 6 years now and as you can see it has gotten quite large. Keep in mind, I have given this plant many "haircuts" as I call them and yet it is still healthy and big. The Heart-leaf Philodendron is characterized by heart shaped leaves growing off of vines from the plant. Leaves can be anywhere from 2 to 6 inches in diameter. The Philodendron requires little care but not none. This plant requires pruning care to keep its full appearance. One caution to be aware of, those with children. Some Philodendrons are toxic if eater, so be sure to keep them away from your pets and children.

Philodendrons prefer moderate to low light. If new foliage begins to develop smaller or the distance between leaves is larger in distance, your plant is most likely not receiving enough light. However, please be careful. Direct sunlight can burn the foliage.

This houseplant requires moderate to low water requirements. Try and keep the soil moist but do not allow it to dry out completely in between watering. If the foliage begins to turn yellow, you are probably over watering the plant. On the other hand if the foliage begins to turn brown you are not providing the plant with enough water. The Philodendron does not seem to mind lower humidity levels, however if you give a daily dose of misting to it, the plant will provide you with an even more beautiful appearance. Be sure to also keep the foliage clear of dust by washing regularly.

Many varieties of Philodendrons like to vine. As you can see from my pictures, vines can grow quite long, so trimming the plant back will not harm it. Trimming will help you shape this plant to the size you have for it. If you are looking to keep your plants current shape, be sure to trim back new growth. I have used small pins to hold my vines into place however some varieties of Philodendrons will actually product small roots, which will cling to your wall.

This houseplant provides you with the benefit of creating even more Philodendrons as you wish. Propagating is extremely easy. Simply cut off a vine that is long enough for you to place the end in water. Keep the cut stem in water for a few weeks and before you know it, your stem has produced a large amount of roots. Simply plant your new roots and your done. I tend to give my large philodendron haircuts a couple times a year. When I do, I place all my stems in a vase with water so they can root and I have a whole new Philodendron. The picture of the plant along the glass block wall is from one of my large plants haircuts.

This houseplant is toxic when eaten, so please keep out of reach of children and animals. It is one of the many poisonous houseplants you may have in your home.

Overall, this houseplant is one of my all time favorites. It's on my list of easy to grow houseplants! Plus they can add so much drama and character to any room. Best of all, you can have as many philodendrons as you want for little time and money!!!

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Blogger iamcart said...

HELP, my grandmother gave me a couple clippings and i didn't realize i should prune them regularly. now i have two long, leggy vines probably 5 to 7 feet each that only have 5 or 6 leaves at the very end. Will i kill it clipping it back now? Where do i clip it? How far down?
Finally, the piece i cut off, can i simply re-root them in a glass of water and replant them? THANK YOU, i don't want to kill it, i want it to be a beautiful memory of my grams! Michelle

11:06 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Do you only have the 2 vines left, no other vines? If so, let's just try one first and get the new one going before clipping both. You said there is only leaves way at the end, so clip one of the vines back to a couple of inches from the beginning of the vine, since there are no leaves in between. Then keep a long enough tail on the cutting so you can easily put it in a vase / glass of water. You can trim the extra stem if there are no leaves once you have enough for your glass. Within a month, roots should form and you can repot the cutting. Then go ahead and do the other one.

I got the heart-leafed philodendron pictured from my Grandmother's funeral so I completely understand taking it slow. That's also why I continually take cuttings off it and start new plants, just in case, bugs or anything gets into one, I still can keep her memory!

Let me know how this works out!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have trimmed back some of my vines and put them in water for 3 weeks now. I still don't have any roots at all. The plant is still very much alive and there is a new leaf that has been curled up for 2 weeks that hasn't opened yet. Do i need to do something else? How much longer should I wait for roots to show before putting it into potting dirt? Thanks for your help. -m

9:01 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Just keep waiting. As long as you have the vines in water and you said they are healthy, so they're not dying, keep waiting. If you put the vines without roots in the dirt, they will probably die.

Please let me know how things work out.


12:05 PM  
Anonymous kmarcard said...

I have a small philodendron from a cutting that I've started on a pole. There are about 8-10 leaves and it's growing wonderfully. Should I let it continue growing and develop more than one vine before I trim? When I do trim, how and where exactly? I'm always afraid I will cut the little guy's head off and kill the whole thing.

7:45 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


How long is your one vine? I would wait until it gets long enough that you could cut at least a foot off. That way you have room to put it in water and such.

There really is no bad spot to cut. I always cut right after a leaf. That way the leaf makes the end you cut look nice until it starts growing again. Plus then you have a little more stem area for putting in the water.

Please let me know how things turn out.


8:24 AM  
Blogger tankdad said...

looking for a Philodendron " Bloody mary" where I can fine or buy a vine, had one I lost after 15 yrs.Tankdad

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter gave me a seed for a flower for mothers day and it turned out to be a heart shaped philoderdron and it has one vine that is about 2.5 feet long and about 8 leaves. I was wondering it if I should prun it and start another vine to plant so it looks fuller. I don't know anything about these plants and need help.

8:53 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


You could take a cutting off at this time. There really is no bad spot to cut. I usually cut right after a leaf. That way the leaf makes the end you just cut off look nice until it starts growing new leaves. Then with the extra stem area it's a little easier for putting in the water.

Once you take your cutting, please the cutting in water until roots form. Roots for me usually take about 1 month or so. Then when a nice group of roots has formed on your cutting, simply plant next to your other vine.

Please let me know how things turn out. I have taken many cuttings from my main plant with high rates of success.


8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been told that by trimming the vines the existing plant will become fuller at the base. Is this true? I would love my plant to be fuller but if I cut it will be sad and small and I don't want to cut it if it's not going to become fuller (it was recently given a "haircut" and made into two plants).

11:16 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Your plant will usually become fuller all around, not necessarily just at the base. Trimming allows more energy to be focused on new growth thus the fullness achieved. Maybe trim half of the plant and see if your desired fullness is achieved.


8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a plant that is 4 years old and when bought was in a half gallon container,now, it is 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide and simply GORGEOUS!!! My problem is I'm running out of room for it. I cut this one plant from the "MOTHER" plant and had 10 to 12 other plants to boot.I did put them straight into potting soil and left them in the shade,they rooted beautifully and now they need haircuts.I cut mine back to a "nuckle"as I call them and plant them straight away, So far this has worked for me and I just love having this old fashioned plant for myself. Happy Growing!

10:37 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Your know you're taking care of your houseplants when you begin running out of room. Luckily I have a huge sunroom, that my Philodendron continues to overtake.

Thanks for reading,

9:01 AM  
Blogger Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Thanks for the write up. I just received my philodendron from my aunt. She has had him for some time and he looks very good so I want to keep him that way! Nice to know he won't needs lots of sunlight as we live in a very shady home with only dappled sunlight coming in. Now to find him the perfect spot and give him lots of love. He needs a bit of a haircut too but that will wait for a bit I think. Gotta let him settle in first! LOL!

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELP!! I don't water my philodendrum that often, but
it seems I have a new crop
of yellow leaves daily to pick off. Sometimes there are dry brown patches on the yellow leaves too.
It is not in direct sunlight. It was so full when I bought it, but
now it is looking very thin. If it is not the watering problem, what could it be. Thanks

6:37 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

How often do you water the plant? It may be that the plant is not receiving enough water.

How long have you had the plant?

Let me know and I can try and help a little more.


3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a philodendron about 3 months ago. It originally had a post in the middle that the vines were horridly wrapped around. They grew up, and then started growing back down. I put this in a hanging pot and untwined all the vines. I now have one extremely large vine and several very small yellow leaved ones. Do you suggest anything to make the base fuller and less homely looking?

7:24 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

I know the feeling. My Philodendron had the same problem. I re-wound the vines back up the main pole. Then I also gave it a "hair cut". Trim some of the very long vines to a more workable length.

The vines you cut off place in water and within a month or two they will root. Then you will have another plant, which you could start working up the pole to make the plant look fuller again.


9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart-leaf philodendron is about 8 years old. In the past few months, leaves have developed a white fuzzy substance and have begun dying. I wipe the fuzzy substance off, but it comes right back. I haven't changed the location or care in any way. The fuzz even shows up on new leaves while they are developing. Any ideas?

3:17 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

It sounds like your Philodendron has gotten infested with mealy bugs or a type of mold. Here's what you need to do.

1) If possible move it away from other plants so the mealy bugs don't spread.

2) Remove the white fuzz with rubbing alcohol on like a cotton swab. After a day or so, spray the entire plant with water, like a mist.

3) If that doesn't work, go to your local garden center and try a insecticidal soap.

Please let me know how things turn out.


9:17 AM  
Anonymous bonnie said...

I have a couple of philodendrons that are both doing great, but they are getting too big for the spaces they are in, and the vines are hanging down to the ground! I tried putting a nail in the wall above one of them, and hanging the one of the vines from that, but almost all of the leaves on that vine turned yellow about two days later- I took it down, and now that vine is doing can I help encourage the vines to grow up instead of down without killing it?

7:43 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Usually moving the vines to the wall doesn't affect the plant. Does it receive enough light on the wall? My sunroom has windows on all four sides and 2 skylights, so plenty of light comes in from all angles thus why mine seem to do so well on the walls.

To help move the plant off the floor, you can purchase a stake or use a stick and attach a few of the vines up the stick. That's how the philodendron pictured is done. If those vines stay healthy, then maybe try moving to the all again. Maybe they just need an adjustment phase. However, unless they are nailed to the wall, they won't continue growing up.

Philodendrons will actually attach themselves to the wall once established. But not until they've been up there for awhile.

Hope that helps.


9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I've really enjoyed reading all of your questions and answers - I know a lot more about my plant now than I did before, and am thus even more excited about it. But here is my problem. I have beautiful little philodrendon that I purchased about a year ago. I bought it specifically for the vining potential, but in the year that I've owned it, it has only produced about 5 new leaves, I'd say? None of the vines have gotten long enough to trail at all, they just stay close to the pot, because they are very short. But they are beautiful and green and healthy. My room gets no direct sunlight, because the sun is never up that high from the direction of my one window, but does get light all day long. I did put some plant foods sticks in it a few times during the summer months, but I don't know if they really did anything? I try not to over water, and it is always dry before I water it again, so maybe I should water it more? Or does it need a grow light, maybe? I'd like to try giving it more sunlight, but my roommates and I have cat, and the only room in the house I can really restrict him from is my bedroom, so I can't really try the plant in a new location. Thanks for any tips or suggestions!

9:50 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


I would have to say your problem is probably the lack of light. My philodendron (the one pictured) I just cut down dramatically. The vine that were left have grown almost a foot in about 2 months.

Try a grow light. I wouldn't put the light directly next to the plant, but close.

Please keep me posted on if that works!


9:58 PM  
Anonymous mike said...

looks like this page is over a year old, but who knows.. you might still be responding =P
so ive had about 9 leaves sitting in a large bowl to root for 5 weeks now. some have grown a good network (4-5 roots), some have grown just one, and i have one stobborn leaf(the newest from the growing end of my vine clipping) hasnt sprouted a thing yet.
i was just wondering if there's a limit to how long you should leave them in water? since some of them have done very well, and i want to pot them all at once.
second question, is the one root good enough to go ahead and plant with? (like will it grow more eventually when potted)

10:58 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


I usually wait until all those I am about to plant have a good 4 or more roots. It doesn't seem to hurt them to let those with roots sit in the water longer waiting for the stragglers to grow roots.

You may be ok with just 1 root, but I'd probably just wait.

It's up to you though. Either way it won't hurt those with roots to sit in water longer and those without roots yet, you just have to keep waiting.

I have a bundle that have been growing in water for almost a year. They look really neat in the vase and I just haven't got around to potting them, so I haven't experienced a limit yet.

Happy growing,

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My philodendron my mom gave me seems to not want to grow. The stems it has are great looking but they wont grow in length anymore,lso it is very thin and empty it wont bush, I have it in a nice size pot but it only takes up maybe 1/8 side of the pot. What can I do?? Any help is appreciated.

11:00 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


Usually if the plant is thin, it means it's not receiving enough light. How far from a light source is it?

You can also try giving it some houseplant food once a month. I use Miracle Gro's Houseplant food concentrate. I just add it in the water.

Let me know about the lighting and we can go from there.


12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a vine that is maybe 8 inches long I rooted it in water and it has not grown at all.I think it has 5 leaves on it and they are not big.What should I do to this thing?It has a great root system,it may be root bound in its Mason jar.

12:16 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Go ahead and plant your rooted vine in dirt now since it has got a good root base established. It seems water will only take the plant so far, then it needs nutrients from the dirt.

Let me know how that works out.


1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could use some help... I took a cutting of my bosses plant and stuck it in water. It grew roots and did everything else it was supposed to. I planted it in a small dirt pot and now it has 7 leaves. However, it is just the one vine... and I am moving several states away and I want to take it with me... someone told me that it would be healthier if it has multiple stems to rely on. This same person said that if I stick the single stem back in the dirt, it will just grow another stem. Should I just take another cutting from my bosses plant or do something else? Also.. when you clip a vine... will it keep growing? Thanks soo much!

4:46 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Yes, you will only have one stem until you take additional cuttings. Your plant however will be just as healthy as one stem versus more. Each stem / vine is a plant on their own. New stems may grow from that one, but it typically takes awhile.

You can take more cuttings off your boss's plant if you want. The philodendron will grow where you cut it off, it just takes a little bit.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. This plant is my favorite and my baby. I have many!


9:57 PM  
Blogger Samika said...

Help! My philodendron (Phil, as I call him), dying. I water him about once or twice a week, depending on the temperature. All but one little vine has died. I tried pruning him back in order to start more plants. They never rooted. They appear to be rotting now. They have been in a glass of water for 2 months. Phil is about to be extinct, and nothing I am doing is working. Any suggestions??

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so much worried for my four philodendron plant (one of them is 10 12 feet long)Can you please tell me that is there any thing i can buy to water the plant while I was gone for five weeks
I have four plants one of them is in big vase the leaf of this plant turning yellow.Is it possible that this is happening because I put too many vines the same vase.

3:43 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Putting too many in a vase as long as they have water should not be a problem. I've had a ton of cuttings in a vase at one time.

Now, are you asking if there is something to use to water the plant while you're gone? That I do not know, besides a neighbor.

Anyone know of any self watering devices for plants that work?


1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my mother's philodendron for several years now, and recently I moved to a new apartment where there are no convenient places to hang Daphne (hope I'm not the only one who names my plants!) and I cannot put her on a counter/ledge/shelf because I also have an inquisitive feline. So for the time being, I have placed her out on my patio. She is basking in the sunlight (which is direct midday, but in relative shade the rest of the time) and the humidity has caused her to start growing beautifully. I have never seen such glossy leaves! However, when pruning another plant, I noticed that some of the new leaves, while large and glossy, are not brown or yellow, but very light green in color. Is there a possible cause to this that I could remedy, or do I not need to worry about it? (The normal color is a medium kelly green) Other than the pale color, the new leaves all look and feel healthy. Any insight would be appreciated.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Tyler Ball said...

I have a heart leaf philodendron with three leaves on it. its doing quite well but it has short roots, how do I help the roots grow longer?

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a heart-leaf philodendron named "Twee." He is my first plant and he is doing great. I have had him for two months and he is growing two nice vines. How will I know when it is time to re-pot him into a bigger pot?

6:25 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


Do you give your philodendron any houseplant food? If not try once a month giving it some houseplant food. I use Miracle Gro's. I just add it to the water.


4:26 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


I'm glad "Twee" is doing good. Typically when the plants roots start to become root bound, however Philodendrons, in my experience like to be root bound. I have had mine for 8 years now and have never repotted it.

If you start to see roots starting to pop out the soil, then repot, but you should be fine for awhile.


4:28 PM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

Please help with bare spots. I have 2 philodendron hanging baskets ... each about 10 - 12 feet long. I've had them for about 6-7 years. The leaves are very healthy, thick and strong. The problem is LONG bare spots on the vines. Is there any way to encourage leaf growth on a mature vine. The leaves at the end of the vine are great ... it's just that there's nothing but "rope" in between the plant and the end. When I wrap the vines up it's not too noticeable ... but wondering if I can get leaves to grow back. I've taken many clippings from these plants ... but I'd hate to cut off all their length.

Thanks, Debbie

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Josephine said...

Someone gave me philodendron clippings, I put them in soil after they rooted and they are just sitting there. They have not grown nor died. Am I doing something wron? Also the cat has nibbled a little and now I am worried about her. Please help. Thank you.

8:22 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


How's your cat doing? If she only nibbled a bit on the plant, she should be fine. They sometimes aren't the fastest growers. My philodendron seems to go in spurts where it doesn't seem to grow much for a couple months and then all of a sudden grows really good.

You can try giving it some houseplant food for an extra boost, but other than that, if it's healthy I wouldn't mess with lighting or watering a whole lot.


6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have several (10-15)Philodendrons in hanging baskets at our office. Our plant care guy was just laid off and I have inheritied this responsibility. I check the soil every 5 days before watering 1 inch down for dampness. If damp, I hold off for another 5 days.

First week I used tap I use tap water that has sat in the watering can for a week (hopefully evapourating the bad stuff). The other guy used tap water, not sure if he used an additive.

It has been less than 3 weeks...leaves are yellowing, some are yellowing with brown spots and new leaves are withered looking.

I know...sounds like I am overwatering and i will watch more closely. I am worried about some of them near heating vents drying out. Coincidently...the heating season just started...not sure if that has any affect.

Any ideas for me...I am so worried that they will continue to yellow/die.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

how often are we supposed to water the philadendron? i dont know what moderate to low means, i need numbers..

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need help. My plant has bugs. Little black winged bugs. What can I do? Where did they come from?

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

HELP!!! my cat knocked the pot that my philodendron was in off of the dresser that it was sitting on. (this was a few months ago) i have been trying to re root it but i am not haveing very much success. i have it in water and have been trying to keep it warm. there are not roots yet. could it be because the plant it's self is too long (5 feet) or is the plant just stressed. please help...the original clipping is from a plant that was given to my mom when she was pregers with me!

8:52 AM  
Blogger Barbara Caver said...


I wrote to you a while ago about my philodendron named Twee. Twee is in good shape, generally. He is growing vines and sprouting new leaves, but every so often I find a leaf that has turned completely yellow.

I give him one cup of water a week on Fridays. I was misting him once a week but he developed more yellow leaves when I misted. My house is very dry, so I don't know if I should stop watering all together.

What do you suggest? Thanks in advance for your help!

10:14 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


Yes, the yellowing usually means overwatering. I typically water mine every week in a half or so.

The heating vents may be causing the problem too. If possible I'd move those near the vents.


1:47 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Spray your plant with a soapy dishwater mixture twice a day. After a few days you should see the bugs starting to disappear. Keep spraying for at least a week.

If that doesn't do the trick, visit your local garden center for an insecticide.

-- drayas

1:48 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Simply keeping the cut off portion in water should cause it to root. That's how I do mine all the time. You could try snipping a few inches off the portion in the water and putting it back in the water. Otherwise cut another one foot section off the vine so you have two and they both should root.


1:50 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


I would keep watering. Occassion yellow leaves are common. At least I always have that. Now if a whole vine yellows, then there's something wrong.

Typically they like being misted, but if your yellows when you do so, I'd quit misting it.

-- drayas

1:52 PM  
Blogger sameeraja said...

hi i have been my phil since 1 year it was grew beautifully for first six months then it stop growing, started having yellow and brown leaves at the same time, last three months all leaves are freeze unopen leaves are still unopened and no progress some leaves are falling bcz they are becoming yellow or brown... pls help me i water my phil once a week..tell me what type of light it requires??shall i mist my plant each day???should i use tape water???or i should keep tape water for some days then water it?? how much(quantity)miracle gro's houseplant food i need to mix in water???it becoming thinner and thinner each day.. what thing can i do to make it growing faster help me thank for ur time

10:22 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Use distilled water. Untreated so no water softener. How far is it from a window?


9:08 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I have a philodendron that is about 3 years old. It was in a pot with some other plants when I received it. Those have all died off over time and I was finally able to re-pot it last weekend. While re-potting, I noticed that it didn't have a very good root system on it, but I potted it anyway. It's never looked sickly in the past, even though it was in a pot with half-dead plants, so I figured it would be ok. A couple of days after re-potting, I noticed the leaves are starting to wilt -- not turning yellow or brown, just wilting. In a moment of panic, I took a cutting and put it in a glass of water this evening. But I'm not sure what to do about the main plant. What do you suggest? It's from my grandfather's funeral and I really don't want to lose it!

8:07 PM  
Blogger peezy said...

Hi, I rotted several cuttings. Can I plant 3-4 vines in one pot growing seperate ways as to fill the container out more quickly?? Or will that be too much root systems?? Thanks a bunch.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Hen said...

I am new at house plants. My philo plant is growing wild in a small pot and need repotting. How to do I repot with the same soil? What new soil should I use. Also, one vine has two other vines coming from it an done of the vines is hanging from pot about 8 ft long and in between are no leave and another section has 6 leaves. In between the empty leave, can it be cut? Hen

12:44 PM  
Blogger Hen said...

How do I repot a philo plant?

12:46 PM  
Blogger danice said...

I've heard that philodendrons like to be fed coffee and actually grow better when given some.Have you heard of this?I am too scared to try it on mine before getting some feedback about it.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have inherited a heart-leaf philodendron with my office space, and it is not well. It was in direct sunlight (since been moved), and has both yellow and brown (crispy) leaves so I don't know if it's been over- or under-watered. Lots of vines (7-10), about 5-7 feet long, but not many leaves left, the ones that are left are middle to end on the vines, beginning about 2 feet away from the pot. The soil was rock-hard but is now moist. The pot is packed with roots, but I'm not sure if I should re-pot it in it's delicate condition. Do they like to be re-potted and do they like lots of space? Any particular soil addition you could suggest? This plant needs to be rescued, looking forward to your advice. :)

2:38 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Help! I have these bumps, first sort of beige and oval shaped turning brown, all over my plant. They are very small and I am not sure how to kill them. No insects appear and it hasn't stopped the plant from growing like crazy. What is this and how should I treat it? Thanks!

8:45 AM  
Blogger snowyuki said...

For some reason some of the leaves are falling off my plant...looks like it had been burned off or it because of too much sunlight?

11:13 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Mazonowicz said...

I've enjoyed reading all these comments and learning new things. I have several philodendrons and have been growing them for over 20 years.
I noticed a few people are concerned about growing these plants when they have cats. Well, I've had cats for as long as my plants and they're very smart animals - at one point I had about a dozen plants in the house but my cats would constantly eat them and chew all the leaves off. These plants had to be passed on to my neighbor to save them. Interestingly, the only plants my cats won't touch are the philodendrons.
Unlike children and dogs, cats think before eating things.... they instinctively know which foods are harmful. Please don't worry about poisoning your cats - they'll be fine. If they do ingest something harmful from a plant, they will vomit.
Anyway, good luck with both,

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother has a plant that has been living for over 50 years. She started it when I was about 7 years old. I just turned 58 in Asugust. She let it run around the top of the living room wall, one vine in each direction from the pot. The two vines eventually met on the ofther side of the living room. I took about 10 years. Anyway, the same plant, we call it the "Mother Plant" has been growing and has benn trimmed every year since it was taken down form the living room wall. My Daughter, grand-daughter and serval other family and friends have received clippings from this "Mother Plant".

Thanks for your article. I just wanted everyone to know that these plants can live forever if given good care.


8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you plant a Philodendron cutting in a glass vase? If so how is that done? I have several wonderful cuttings and would like to give them as Christmas gifts.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my phioldrodren just started turning yellow all a sudden i have to stems about 6 feet long and one close to the root has just started yellowing and dieing what shall I do

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Christina said...

I need some help. I think I might have traumatized my heart leaf philodendron. I moved to a new home and within 24 hours it has gone from a healthy full plant to a wilted dark green/brown mess. I am wondering if temperature is the issue, because it is in a significantly colder climate. Will they eventually adjust? What do you recommend? I've had this plant for seven years and I don't want to lose it. Thanks! Christina

10:27 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

I have a beautiful (or did have) HUGE outdoor philodendron - actually 3 plants. We had a hard freeze,and we covered all of our plants except our beautiful philos, at least on the 1st night of the freeze. We covered them up for the remainder of the freeze. It was a very very cold unusual 3 day cold spell. The roots of these plants are very large. Now, the leaves are just limp and turning brown. Is there ANYthing we can do to save them?

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While cleaning house the other day I kept smelling some foul odor and upon inspection, discovered it was my philodendron ! I didn't know what to do the drainage dish and the soil both reeked ! I put it in my kitchen sink and ran moderately warm water into the drainage plate and some into the plant itself; I then set it outside in the shade for a couple hours (early morning) and when I brought it in it still stinks! I don't know whats wrong it has stopped growing and the usual glossy leaves are gone(there are still leaves but they're not glossy) Help I don't know what to do!

11:25 AM  
Anonymous smattes said...

I was recently looking on the internet for a plant someone had given me and I stumbled across your website posting I was wondering if you have any tips on transplanting t to soil? My plant has been in water for several months now and seems to have grown a pretty nice root base. It seems to have collected in the bottom of vase and is several inches long. I don't want to kill it by potting it, but it is not getting any new leaves, I would really enjoy a big beautiful plant like those in pictured on the site!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my philo since about last year. its vines are about 2-3 feet in length and the leaves are pretty good size. I water it about every week and a half, but then i notice the leaves at the top start turning yellow. so i wait another week and half and the leaves are curling inwards and looks like they need water so i water it. then the leaves turn yellow and curl in again. i keep it near light so i dont know what im doing wrong. any suggestions. jenn

12:57 PM  
Blogger Candise said...

Thanks for this post. So many others lacked the details you thoughtfully included.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! I own a philodendron cordatum that looks alot like the one you have pictured but its not quite the same this one has a reddish underside and a very waxy top.I having some trouble growing this plant in certain way or is the care pretty much the same for the type of philodendron you have? Thank you and have a great day!

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my philodendron for a VERY long time - I'm talking close to 20 years - but it seems like every time I take a clipping off now to re-root it, it dies. And more often than not, the vine I clipped it off of dies too. Is the plant just too old now? I really don't want to lose it after all these years but so many of the vines only have leaves at the end so that's why I'm trying to cut them and re-plant them to make it look fuller. Any help? Also, do you think one of those Aqua Globes that water a plant automatically would work in a philodendron? Thanks for any help or suggestions.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I hope you still monitor this. I have what I suspect to be a heart-shaped leaf philodendron. My problem is that it only has the one vine which is growing nicely, but I'd like to have more of a plant than 1 foot and a half long vine. Please help!
Thank you!

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your blog. I got my American/Russian Philodendron Ivy 2 years ago and within the last year she has gone really wild and I haven't known what to do with her. She had so many tentacles that go everywhere and so many little Russian baby leaves. I am worried about the pot she is in, do they need to be transplanted? and She has no volume on top, she just droops over the sides of the basket grows down. Is this normal?

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a philodendron that will attach itself to the wall with little tendrils in order to climb the wall. Allowing the vine to climb my sunroom walls would be very "rain forest" looking, but I'm concerned the tendrils might leave permanent damage to the wall. Has anyone shared experiences with allowing the vines to attach to their walls?

4:55 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


Yes, my philodendron attaches itself to the wall as well. I've been able to wash off the residue when moving the plant with just soapy water or some kitchen cleaner.


9:35 AM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

To all of my readers!!

I mentioned this earlier this year, but comments I'm receiving are not seeing it. I'm honored that my blog has gotten so popular, however I am having an extremely hard time answering all the comments. I will try my best to answer, but will not be able to get to everyone. I am a mother of two children under the age of 6 and work full time. I apologize for not being able to answer everyone. I truly wish I could. I am still here, and I do publish all the comments.

Thank you for reading and I enjoy all of you who love plants as much as I do. I just wish I could help more people out!

Thank you!

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had one plant for about 9 years and another really small leafted one, for maybe a year or two longer. I don't do much but would like to know how to address the soil aspect. I don't have a green thumb at all. Thank God they are fairly self sufficient w/ exception of water but I'm curious since I've never repotted or put any new soil. I don't want to kill them by doing something that I've never done and they are still living. Please advise. Blessings.

12:07 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

My plant has been growing like a weed and has been very lush for the past 2-3 years. Suddenly it is losing leaves. They are turning yellow, but I have not changed my watering habits. Any ideas?


2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I loved reading your page on Philodendrons I have two big groups of vines in two pots, and have had them for about 2 years they've done wonderful and have been growing like crazy, that is until a month ago. The vines don't seem to be growing and they have thinned out majorly. they look pretty sad. I have tried keeping them moist, and giving them more light. But they seem to be dieing still. The leaves seem to be wilting then the whole vine dies off one by one. But there is also new growth. Please can you help me save my babies? Thanks for reading - Lydia.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

I have not read all the posts, however, to help facilitate root growth when propagating a cutting, you can add a clipping of weeping willow to the water - willow is a natural root toner and will exponentially speed root growth.

4:29 PM  
Blogger AMM said...

I'd like to start a new hanging plant in the living room of my apartment. I've seen suggestions for planting in both potting soil and just leaving it in water. Can anyone give some advice on the pro's and con's of each?

6:16 PM  
Anonymous G said...

Hey, thanks for the tips guys!
We got a bunch of philoes from a very good, if not great, friend and I want to grow it very large as to display my respect and care for our friendship!

I do have some questions about the variant bleeding heart. But a FAQ or just like this page about it would help. Please send the link to my FB thanks!!! (:

9:09 AM  
Anonymous bonifacia said...

its my long time wish to have that kind of plant inside the house, thnks for your post, i am morer encouraged now with the know how. but i want a variety with a ywllow and green leaves

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for your post i am more encouraged to start my own vine inside the house. will keep you informed

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband bought me a Philodendron Totem and it is very pretty.The vines are large and the leaves are very big.But i have some smaller leaves growing around the bottom.The pole thats in the middle that its climbing up is short and its outgrown the pole.My sister told me to cut the plant back on one of the vines.She said cut behind the joint. I would like to get another start from this plant because its the first plant my husband bought me.How and where do you cut and how long should the cutting be that you take off the original plant?We just got married and i dont wont to kill or ruin the first flower he bought me.

11:13 AM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


You can cut your Philodendron as you were told, at the joint. The main plant won't be hurt from the cutting. Place the cutting within water right away and within a month, you'll have new roots. Just make sure your cutting is long enough to fit into a vase or container of water. I have cuttings that are 6 inches and some that are 3 feet.


2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My plant looks like it needs light or water. It's so wilty looking. I put it in the front window to gain more light but still nothing. So I moved it back to a place that is low/moderate light. I spray it often with water but I think I may be over watering it? What are the signs? Will it come back you think?

1:18 PM  
Anonymous MJW said...

I recently got one of these growing on a stick but the part on the stick has no leaves at all. I repotted it with better drainage and it's growing really well but the part going up the pole only has 2 or 3 small leaves that sprouted since I got it should I prune the healthy new growth back so that it fills out the bottom part? or will it do that on it's own?

1:10 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Hi, I have a question about a plant that I have, it's not a philodendron, but I have one (its doing well) and that's how I ended up here...the plant in question is not doing well and I have tried to figure out what type of plant it is without much there some way to identify the plant I have so that I can figure out what I am doing wrong? (It's a sentimental thing for me)

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Venus said...

I think I have a heart shape and its doing overly well I recently had to move it to paint and discovered it had attached itself to the wall itself to the point that when I tried to remove it I literally had to pry it off and it took the paint with it. Is this possible and how would I solve it.. Please help as I had to get rid of it.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Heather B. said...

I was raised around philodendrons all my life. My mom seemed to be an expert on them and had many beautiful full extremely long vines throughout the house. I have been growing mine for about 8 months with a start i found at wal mart. It had 2 vines with 5 leaves on each one that were only about 4 inches long and now it is 2 feet long with 4 new vines. My advice for a fuller plant is to add the green and white marbled Pathos vines with them. My mom always done that and the philodendron stems would get thicker and sprout multiple vines off one single vine. She also puts the "hair cut" vines in a glass jar in the window with direct sunlight and the roots grow like crazy. she always cut them an inch under the "knobs" as she calls them. but she also transplants into bigger pots when they start slowing down on growing. Thanks to her my vines are amazing. Your advice is great too! Keep up the good work!

12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, it sounds to me like you don't give your philadendron enough water... Instead of watering it once a week, try watering it every three days depending on the season... Also don't let the soil completely dry between waterings, and make sure its getting the right amount of sunlight. Hope this helps! I just got mine and its doing fine...

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, it sounds to me like the nutrients in your soil are going; when this happens, I use miracle grow spikes or mix the powder in the water... Good for the plant, and good for the soil... You can also try putting fresh soil on top of the old soil, so that when you water her the nutrients on top will flow with the water to the roots. Hope this helps!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like your problem is sunlight... While philedendrons don't require a lot of sun, they still need that moderate amount... I would try an artificial light, but don't pit it too close to the planr

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typically, after re potting a plant, you are supposed to water it directly after... Sounds to me like your plant went into shock... Try giving it some water, maybe some miracle gro, and see what happens!

9:00 PM  
Blogger bridget54 said...


I have a philodendron which a cousin of mine gave me - a cutting from her plant.

That was almost 29 years ago and although it's never gotten very big its always been there. Bigger & leafier in the summer, a little sad in the winter. I took it out of dirt a few years ago when it was suffering and it bounced back beautiful in water with a little Miracle gro upon occasion.

Today the cleaning lady decided (without my knowledge) to throw it out. I rescued it from the trash but it was outside in the freezing weather for at least 10 hours.

I've brought it in, put it in warm water (cool to start, slightly warmer now) and am crossing my fingers.

Anything else I can do to give it a boost? I've had this plant longer than most friends.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My plant is getting really light in color :( some are getting white spots. It looks so sad. Like its color is being sucked out. We have water that is really high in iron can that be the reason? And now the leaves are curling! Idk what to do

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have my moms' plant also 915+ YEARS NOW) AND IT IS STILL GROWING in a vase of water!!That's how she gave it to me, and since I have never been great with potted plants I am afraid to pot any of it!!

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Takita said...

I have a question about my heart shaped philodendron. I need help on getting the little pieces left to thrive and grow. Its the last few pieces of the plant i got when my baby passed and my mom has been taking care of it for the last 5 years but then it started withering. I have a few pieces that i replanted in a small pot but they dont have any roots. I read that they might die that way so i put them in 2 small vases with water, miracle grow, and some little beads that hold water. Will this help? What can i do to get it back healthy?

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My plant has a yellow leaf or two sometimes. It has had a brown leaf or two as well. But not often. It is hanging right under our skylight. Is this too much light? also has very long limbs which i want. However. The leaves seem to be falling off the limbs that I pinned up. What does that mean? How do I keep it full but still really long. I love pinning it up. Also, what size pot should it be in?

11:45 PM  
Blogger Ciffyvanlooadoo said...

Hi there Dreyas,

Gosh I read so many comments and your post and this is an awesome place to come ask questions about these plants. I inherited my aunts plant when she went into a nursing home. She had it for years. In the same pot. It was doing great all year. I hung it in the fullest light I have in the archway between the front room and the room behind it. Letely the leaves have been falling off and it seems droopy even though the soil is mosit. The soil seems to have shrnk or something but I am scared to repot it--and how, I do not want to lose this plant. It was my aunts 1 year anniversary of her death yesterday and I simply strongly want to keep this plant alive. I couldnt face my cousin, her daughter either. What do you suggest and many thanks :)

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELP I have a 23yr old Phil who we named Sebastian. I recently repotted him to give him the space he so deserves. I was very careful with his roots (that had became entwined) added an orchid soil combo and gave hima good soak. He is now turning yellow!!!!!! Im thinking I might have over watered him but am scared I might have just completely shocked him or used too different of a soil??? I soooooo do t want to loose this plant, he was given to me at the birth of my first born and has transitioned with us through out the years. Any advice would be appreciated

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just transplanted a philodendron from a group of plants into the pot in my office. It's lost a whole bunch of leaves since then, with a few of the smaller vines losing them completely. It gets watered about once per week (with miracle grow water), and I mist it once or twice per week.

Obviously, the transplanting super-stressed it, but I don't know what to do to help it out. It receives some light, but none direct. Even during the two hours of direct light I get in my office is far enough away that it's still only getting indirect light during those two hours. Any suggestions for helping this plant recover?

8:11 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have 3 rather large ones for a while now long while.. the leaves just started turning yellow and falling off.. can I get them to grow back . My vines are over 20 feet long in some places.. an half of it doesn't have any leaves.. how do I fix this.. please help ..

6:32 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Thanks for all the advice. Great blog. I have a heart leaved philo growing great but I am wondering what to do when it needs repotting. It is in about a 8 inch pot and the shelf I have it on can't take a bigger pot. Can I repot in the same pot with new dirt, or maybe trim the roots instead of getting a bigger pot? He will I know when it needs repotting?

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

I live in a semi tropical area and the vine variety of philodendron had comlpetely taken over the back garden, climbing trees by means of suckers andall over over the rockery, paths. It seems impossible to remove permanently . I tear it down then have to carefully remove every piece that might have fallen on the ground or it starts growing again. The remaining roots seem to need painting individually to kill the vine ( very time consuming) - spraying is ineffective. I don't like to use a poisos however it is killing my trees, shrubs. I have been going for 4 solid months trying to remove and thought I nearly had under control but with the rains it is coming up everywhere again.
HELP ???Laura

7:30 PM  

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