Heartleaf Philodendron in LECA

Heartleaf Philodendron

This is a common houseplant; it can be found in most large nurseries. It is a type of Philodendron, which is a huge genus of houseplants. According to Wikipenida, there are 489 species in the Philodendron genus, it is easily my favorite genus of houseplant and the one I have the most varieties of in my collection.

green heart shaped leaves in a hanging pot

Its scientific name is Philodendron Hederaceum, referred to almost explicitly in the plant community as Heartleaf Philoderenon. The common type of Heartleaf is dark green with heart shaped leaves, there are lots of color varities of this plant though.

These are also a straightforward and forgiving plant to grow; they love water, which makes overwatering a nonissue. Some people leave their cuttings in water for months to years; as long as you change the water, they should do well in just water.

If you want to pot it up in a growing medium, I strongly recommend LECA. LECA is why I started this blog and why I sell cuttings. Once you have a rooted cutting from Blue Moon, you should be able to transplant it into LECA immediately.

So, What Is LECA?

It is a clay ball that wicks water from the bottom of the plant vessel to the plant roots. This means that overwatering is a thing of the past; if you have water in the bottom 1/3 of your container, your plant should thrive. It involves no soil, which means little risk of bugs, which was a huge selling point for me!

I go into much more detail on what LECA is and how to transplant your cutting; here, I strongly recommend LECA to all plant lovers. I use it exclusively and swear by it.


Heartleaf Philodrendrons are a very forgiving plant, they tolerate most types of light, even low light. They also love humidity. I put a small one in my bathroom and it is thriving with all the humidy.


They tend to be thirsty. Since I use LECA, I just ensure my plant has a reservoir every week, and it’s good to go. The frequency does change throughout the time of year.


This variety of Philodrenon is a trailing plant, others are self heading meaning they grow upwards without needed support. I generally prefer trailing plants, so I have a few Heartleaf’s around my house, in addition to the color varieties of this plant.

plant with multicolored leaves
My Brasil philodenron is one of the many color varities of Philodendron with the classic heartleaf shape


These plants generally have small to medium leaves, bigger if you have them climb; these will grow in long vines instead of a bushy plant. Overall, Heartleafs are easy to care for, even more so if you put them in LECA, in my opinion. If you want to learn more about LECA, click here for my quick start guide. I hope you love your new baby plant. I’d love to see how it grows! Feel free to DM me with questions; I really do enjoy my plants and want you to love them as well.

Feel free to message or DM me with questions. Love to talk all things plant and will gladly help you on your plant journey.

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