Want some unique houseplants? A heart-shaped plant is the perfect gift whether it’s your anniversary, birthday, or the most awaited Valentine’s day! Express your sentiments to someone special or make your home look more serene with heart-shaped houseplants.
Here are nine popular heart-shaped houseplants that will make your heart skip a beat!
Heart-leaf philodendrons are common vining houseplants. They have dark-green, heart shap0ed leaves that can grow up to 2 to 4 inches. Place them on a table or shelf and allow their trailing vines to give your house a tropical look. However, keep them out of the reach of pets as these plants are toxic. Humans also experience discomfort when in contact with their sap.
Heart-leaf philodendrons can tolerate different lighting conditions but thrive in filtered bright light. Avoid direct sunlight as this will burn the leaves. They thrive indoors at room temperature (around 68 degrees Fahrenheit) but don’t like Temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. You can add a light fertilization every three to four months to help it thrive. When it comes to watering, if the top inch of the soil becomes dry, give your plant a drink.
Give this plant to someone special this year!
Popularly known as valentine hoya, sweetheart hoya is one lovely houseplant. It’s often sold as a single leaf or plant in a cute, small container. This single leaf further grows into a vine with heart-shaped leaves and star-shaped flowers in pink or red. However, sweetheart hoya grows very slowly — It might take two to three years to produce flowers. It first grows bare vines, which indicate the leaves and flowers are about to appear, so never cut them.
This plant needs several hours of indirect sunlight along with nighttime darkness, and high humidity levels. This is a great plant to keep in the kitchen or bathroom. A temperature between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect for these heart-shaped houseplants.
Pro Tip: Always use room temperature water for sweetheart hoya and allow the plant to dry between waterings. They will go into shock with cold water.
String of Hearts
As the name suggests, this house plant has wide, heart-shaped leaves and long trailing stems. These leaves are 1 inch wide and have a dark-green color with white veins and purple hues at the backside. This plant produces ½-inch long, purplish flowers in the shape of a vase. Interestingly, this plant has many common names because of its appearances like rosary vine, wine-glass vine, necklace vine, lantern flower, and parachute flower.
The string of hearts requires three to four hours of full to partial sunlight; Place it in a west or south-facing window. The dark-green color of the leaves appears due to strong light. However, if the plant does not get enough light, the leaves turn a light-green color.
Temperatures between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal. Since this plant is a succulent, water it moderately only when the soil has dried out completely. Finally, keep humidity levels low around 30 percent.
Popularly known as the ‘flamingo flower‘, Anthurium scherzerianum has attractive heart-shaped flowers. There are about 1000 species of this plant! For instance, the Anthurium scherzerianum has heart-shaped flowers while Anthurium crystallinum has heart-shaped leaves — perfect for Valentine’s day!
This plant is sensitive to direct sunlight as it may scorch the leaves and dry the plant out. But it requires indirect light for two to six hours per day with temperatures between 64 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Be aware, different growing stages of this plant have different water requirements. When the plant is in full bloom (between November and February), it requires more humidity than water. So, keep the pot on wet gravel, clay beads, or pebble trays.
Use non-calcareous water to spray the plant during this phase. After the flowering, the Anthurium goes into its resting period (around March). At this time, the plant does not need much water.
Brighten up your indoor space with beautiful heart-shaped golden pothos! This plant act as air purifiers removing harmful chemicals from the air like toluene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene. However, keep these plants away from your pets and children, as their leaves can cause toxic reactions if swallowed.
Golden pothos needs bright, indirect light to flourish and a warm temperature between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can also tolerate lower temperatures up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Only water this heart shaped plant if the top 2 inches of the soil are dry. If they are moist, wait a few days before watering the plant, every one to two weeks is enough. You may even leave your heart-shaped golden pothos in the bathroom after you shower, so they get the required humidity!
Hemionitis Arifolia – Heart Fern
Also known as tongue fern, here is another heart-shaped plant to gift your loved ones. The heart fern has about 2-inch long, dark green leaves. It’s a small plant, generally growing 6 to 8 inches tall.
Heart leaf ferns require bright, indirect light for at least six hours daily. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight as it might burn the foliage. A temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect for heart-shaped ferns. Also, keep the humidity high. You can attempt this by grouping your houseplants together to create a microclimate.
Water the plant once a week and saturate the soil. Keep the plant in excellent drainage pots to avoid root rot, pests, and fungi.
This beautiful flowering plant with heart-shaped leaves can be the perfect gift for Valentine’s day! Cyclamen has dark green leaves, and its flowers have twisted petals which also makes it an ideal ornamental plant for households. The color combination is simply stunning!
Cyclamen houseplant requires bright, indirect light. Place them on an east window but give it a southern exposure in winter. This houseplant grows well in cooler temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. They also adore humidity. Water the plant whenever the surface of the soil feels dry while avoiding the crown or center part of the plant as it might rot if wet. To avoid this, water the plant from the bottom.
Your sweetheart will love this colorful and romantic variety!
Monstera is a popular ornamental houseplant with glossy, heart-shaped, leathery leaves that grow as wide as 18 inches.
Bright light in summer and direct sunlight in winter is perfect for growing heart shaped Monsteras in the house. In general, four hours of sunlight every day is best for this plant. Temperature between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day is perfect for growing Monsteras, however, the temperature at night should not be below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the top 1 to 2 inches of the soil starts to dry, it is time to water your plant. This plant sweats if it is overwatered — If you see some water droplets on the leaves, it is time to reduce watering.
Depending upon your climate, you can use humidifiers or misting to provide adequate humidity (around 40 percent) to this houseplant.
Dracaena sanderiana, also known as the lucky bamboo or Chinese water bamboo, is a perfect choice for gifts. It is suitable to keep in living rooms or even offices. This plant grows up to 1 meter in height and has a smooth, lime-green stem. However, the stem of this plant is not hard or woody, but fleshy. This is why it can be easily shaped into a heart or any other shape.
This plant develops best in well-lit rooms, however, place it away from direct sunlight as it might turn the leaves yellow.
The lucky bamboo houseplant can thrive in a wide range of temperatures between 65 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit and an amazing characteristic of this houseplant is that it can grow in soil as well as water. If you are planting it in soil, water it every one to two weeks when the soil surface appears dry.
To grow the lucky bamboo in water, add some pebbles at the bottom of the planter to support the roots. Add a small amount of water that covers the roots and a small part of the stem. Replenish it from time to time when the water level seems low and replace it every week or when it gets dirty. Do not forget to clean the pebbles before adding new water to the planter.
Note: Bamboo plants are sensitive to chlorine, so avoid tap water and use bottled water or rainwater.
Let the Hearts Speak!
Share your love of plants with another special person through these heart-shaped houseplants. They make a wonderful gift and will dazzle the house with freshness and beauty.
Which heart-shaped houseplant do you like the most? Tell us in the comments below!