What is This Plant? (Philodendron)

The philodendron is a popular vining houseplant, characterized by its heart shaped leaves and thin, flexible stems. It is often confused with a similar looking plant, the pothos.
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February 19, 2009

I received this potted plant for Valentine's day and I have no idea what the plants are or how to take care of it. If you have any idea what they are please let me know. Thanks.

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By ginnee (Guest Post)
February 19, 20090 found this helpful

The heart shaped leaves are philodendron. It is a very easy to grow plant, can take low light. The leaves with the purplish spots are prayer plant. When the lights go out, it will fold opposing leaves together like hands in prayer. It also will take low light.

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February 19, 20090 found this helpful

Can't think of the name, but over here in the UK, they are houseplants. Depends on where you are in the world I guess! I wouldn't water too much. Maybe once a week. Good luck!

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February 19, 20090 found this helpful

The plants with the spots/stripes are called "Maranthas" and the plain ones are a type of philodendron. Both like the same conditions: medium filtered light, temps between 75-85. Let dry out between waterings. They can live in any humidity but prefer high, they will become very lush and shiny in high humidity.

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These are really hardy and carefree, they don't tend to get bugs or diseases. If the maranthas start to loose color/dry up, put them in a pot all to themselves and give unfiltered light and more humidity.

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By Agnes M. (Guest Post)
February 20, 20090 found this helpful

The plants ARE called philodendrons. The one that has that has holes in the leaves are called Cheese Philodendrons. They are easy to propagate. Simply put the cuttings in water and they will grow roots.

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