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Common Name: Philodendron Cordatum, Heart-Leafed Philodendron
Scientific Name: Philodendron hederaceum
-Care Recommendations By The Dude-
Best for These Animals: Small to medium-sized amphibians and reptiles.
Bio Dude Substrates: TerraFlora, TerraFauna, TerraFirma
Soil Depth: Prefers moderate to deep soil. Can be placed partially-submerged near water features.
Lighting: Low to medium light, or bright indirect light. Do not place under a heat or basking lamp.
Humidity & Misting: 40% - 100%. Prefers consistently moist soil and higher humidity. Can be placed partially-submerged near water features.
Mature Plant Size & Root System: This very fast growing plant will form vines that will creep and climb wherever it can! If allowed to climb, the leaves will get larger as they mature. Can be pruned if necessary. Vigorous root system will burrow deep and/or form aerial roots to cling to surfaces in high humidity environments. Excellent when paired with the BioDude's moss vines or jungle vines!
Temperature Tolerance & Placement in the Terrarium: 60 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit tolerated, but prefers temperatures in the 60 - 75 degree range. Excellent as a sprawling/semi-clumping groundcover, a climbing vine, or placed next to a water feature.
Edible & Side Effects if Ingested: Philodendrons are members of the family Araceae, so they contain low levels of oxalic acid and sharp calcium oxalate crystals known as raphides. Ingestion may cause oral irritation, but philodendrons are not commonly consumed by reptiles or amphibians.
Pot Size & Packaging: A single 4" potted philodendron plant is shipped wrapped in newspaper.