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Philodendron scandens AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub or Houseplant

Habit

Climbing

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; skin and eye irritant

Resilience

Hardiness

H1a (heated greenhouse - tropical)

Colour

Flower

Green and White in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

heart-leaf philodendron

Family

Araceae


Philodendron can be shrubs, trees or climbers, with glossy, leathery, evergreen, simple to pinnately divided leaves, and tiny flowers borne within arum-like white, green or reddish spathes

P. scandens is an evergreen root-climber to 4m in height, with slender-pointed, heart-shaped glossy green leaves to 30cm in length, smaller on juvenile plants. Mature plants may produce green and white flower spathes 15cm in length

Other common names

  • heart-leaf
  • sweetheart plant

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass or in frost-free enviroment in partial shade. Fast growing climber

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, stem tip or leaf bud cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by scale insects, thrips and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free