Looking for an ace of a houseplant? Try this hot new selection of heart-leaf philodendron Brasil (Philodendron scandens Brasil). You really can’t help falling in love with this plant at first glance.
With its rounded leaves splashed with creams and greens, it will quickly find a place
in your heart.
You Look Familiar
Most people are acquainted with the ubiquitous green-leaved parent of Philodendron Brasil-the resilient and humble heart-leaf philodendron, which is also known as sweetheart vine.
Its easygoing nature has made it one of the most popular houseplants. Philodendron Brasil sports a bit of flash and color but is just as carefree. It does appreciate brighter light, though, or at least more than its shade-seeking kin.
Any Place Will Do
This plant’s most appealing characteristic is versatility. Place Brasil anywhere, and it just glows. It looks great in a hanging basket, which accentuates the plant’s vining habit.
This philodendron is also content on a bookshelf or side table, where it will wander around till it makes itself at home. Set one in the corner of a room, and let it gain a tall stature climbing up a wireframe.
Remember to think about color when choosing a pot for this plant. Orange terra-cotta will enhance the yellow in the leaves.
Glazed ceramic pots in reds and browns will echo those shades too. Even a cool green pot will make the yellows shine.
‘Brasil’ is widely available at nurseries and garden centers; ask your local nursery to order it for you if they don’t have it.
To root this plant, place stem cuttings in clear vases of water and set them on a windowsill.
When they are well rooted, plant them in pots and pass a few along to friends and relatives to win over their hearts.
BRASIL HEART-LEAF PHILODENDRON
Light: Bright, indirect
Water: Keep soil evenly moist but not soggy.
Fertilize: regular light feedings with a balanced liquid fertilizer to promote growth and good leaf colors
Soil: rich, loose, well-drained potting soil