Botanical Name: Philodendron scandens
Heartleaf philodendron is a popular house plant because it is extremely easy to grow. It’s also known as the Sweetheart Plant.
Heart-shaped, glossy leaves emerge bronze, then quickly turn green. The leaves are typically 2-4 in (5-10 cm) long, and cover its long, slender stems that can grow to 4 ft (1.2 m) or more.
- Care Instructions–
- Strong indirect light to some direct sun.
- Water thoroughly when the soil is dried out on the surface. A plant like this in a 14″(35cm) diameter pot can take up to 1 gallon, or almost 4 liters, of water when necessary. A plant in a 10″(25cm) pot can take as much a 2 quarts (almost 2 liters) of water when necessary. They like a good soak,
- Make sure the plant is well potted and if necessary add some potting soil. It is essential to make sure the soil is evenly packed especially around the inner edge so that it is watered evenly. Press the soil down firmly around the inner edge and make sure there is enough soil covering the top roots but not covering the bottom of the trunk.
- The leaves would like a dusting from time to time and an outdoor shower once or twice a year would be very helpful.
They can be pruned to stay in the space they have been given. Fertilize regularly for fullest growth.
For best growth, give your china doll plant a lot of bright (but indirect) sun. It needs at least 4-5 hours of sun per day, even indoors. If you don’t have a spot in your house that gets that much light, you should consider purchasing indoor grow lights to supplement.
When watering, be careful. Too little or too much can wreak havoc on your china doll plant. The soil should be kept moist, but the roots shouldn’t be allowed to sit in water. Water only when the top inch of the soil is dry to the touch.
If your plant develops brittle leaves that turn yellow, it not getting enough water. Too much water is indicated by black colored tips.
When new foliage is developing, watering can be slightly increased and decreased again once the plant has become dormant.
In the spring, summer, and early fall, feed the Norfolk Island pine with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks. When the plant needs to be watered, add some liquid fertilizer to the water and feed the tree.
- A balanced fertilizer is one with equal parts nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.
- Norfolk Island pines do not need to be fed during dormant periods in late fall and winter.
- To know when the growing phase starts up again, look for light green growth on the tips of the branches in spring.
Very white or whitish small star shaped flowers bloom during summer, followed by berries that look just like small tomatoes. In fact they may even taste similar to tomatoes, but they’re toxic when eaten.
Berries begin green in color, then turn yellowish, orange and red, and are the main attraction rather than the tiny flowers. Flowers last until just before winter and the berries can last for months after the festive holiday period
Tulip flowers are usually cup-shaped with three petals and three sepals. There’s a tulip for every setting, from small “species” tulips in naturalized woodland areas to larger tulips that fit formal garden plantings from beds to borders. The upright flowers may be single or double, and vary in shape from simple cups, bowls, and goblets to more complex forms. Height ranges from 6 inches to 2 feet. One tulip grows on each stem, with two to six broad leaves per plant.
Temperature: The ideal temperatures are between 60°F (15°C) – 80°F (27°C). Allowing temperatures to go below 55°F/12°C can harm the plant. Avoid having a plant sitting near cold drafts.
Light:A brightly lit spot without direct sunshine is suggested. A small amount of morning or evening sun is not a problem.
Watering: would try and keep the soil slightly moist at all times and in the winter allow the soil to dry. You should be able to leave a dracaena reflexa for up to a month during winter without water and no harm would be caused. Over-watering can kill these.