It comes from the forests of S E Asia where it grows in nature in thick forests. Due to the high rainfall and less sun in these forests, these plants have grown very large leaves to capture whatever sunlight they can get. The leaves are waxy and the water does not stay on the leaves. They are very large. The shape of the leaves is heart shaped or arrow head shaped. From where it gets its name. The plants are very colorful and anyone will fall in love with them at the first sight. The plants grow upto 10 feet tall in some species. They hardly flower and are toxic to animals and humans alike. The stem is hollow and fleshy.
Dark green leaves with white veins.
|Pot size||5 inches|
|Plant height||10 inches|
|Plant spread||8 inches|
Plant care best practices
The plant loves humidity. So wherever it is kept, make sure that there is abundant humidity. Constant watering and keeping it close to some water source like a small fountain or pond will make it happy and it will grow fast. There should be bright light and a warm climate for it to grow fast.
Once received, open the box and water the plant slightly. Keep it in an airy place. Do repotting only after a week or so.
Indirect bring light
Planting medium needs
Good soil which is fertile and loose.
Regular watering is needed. When the soil starts to become dry, water the plant immediately.
Once a month with organic fertilizer.
Insects : The insects might attack the plant. Use neem oil during this phase.
Leaf curl : The leaves curl when it is exposed to direct sunlight. Move the plant in shade.
Yellow leaves : Due to overwatering, the leaves might turn yellow. Check the watering frequency and reduce it.
Its a native of S E Asia. It rarely flowers. These plants live in the undergrowth and due to less sunlight falling have big leaves with many colours and designs.