This Philodendron can be a vigorous climber. Although the plant has relatively feeble stems, it can produce quite strong growth once adequately supported. Like P. 'Red Emerald’, it grows well against a moss pole. However, provided care is taken not to allow the roots growing in the compost to suffer in any way, this plant can also be supported by no more than a bamboo cane, with wire rings looped around the stem. Although the leaves may initially look untidy as they are bent out of place, many will grow to face tidily outwards as they adapt to the direction ofthe light.

Plant type : Foliage plant with climbing habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 60-90cm (24 — 36in)
Flower : None
Leaf : Heart-shaped, 5-7.5cm (2—3in), green
Temperature : 16—21°C (61—70°F)
Aspect/Light : Moderate light, but will tolerate a little shade
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer but do not over-water; keep drier in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks with houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant tip cuttings, 7.5-10cm (3—4in), in seed and cutting compost at 21 °C (70°F) in mid spring to early autumn
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Mealy bug, root rot from over-watering
Availability : Commonly available throughout year
Uses indoors : Will happily adapt to most rooms; can be used as table-top or floor-standing subject in the home or office
Other varieties : P. hastatum -larger and more angular; longer green leaves