Philodendron Hastatum

Philodendron hastatum


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Caring Tips


Philodendron Hastatums are quite straightforward to care for, as long as you water them properly and their soil is well-drained. Make sure the topsoil (1-2 inches) is dry before you rewater the Silver Sword. An additional piece of advice – try to wipe or clean the leaves of your Hastatum. Maybe even rinse with water to keep them squeaky clean.


Many Philodendrons, including the Hastatum, enjoy sunlight but are not fond of direct sunlight so be cautious it does not touch the leaves of your plant friend as it can burn them quickly. The best solution would be to find a partly shaded spot, 70 to 85% sunlight, close to a window. Given the glossy foliage, the Hastatum can cope with lower light conditions, but this is not ideal. Now and then, it is common for the older leaves to become yellow but if this happens to several leaves it is a clear indication of too much light exposure. On the other hand, a sign of low light exposure is a leggy stem. We know some people prefer their plants looking sparser and with smaller leaves, but if you choose a spot with perfect lighting, your Hastatum’s foliage will grow thicker and closer together so it looks full and healthy.


The Philodendron hastatum is a wonderful-looking plant that can make a welcome addition to your indoor space. Its nickname, the Silver Sword Philodendron, derives from its amazing silvery-blue, almost mirror-like foliage that leaves you breathless. Due to its arrow/sword-shaped glossy leaves, it has a marvelous appearance.
As the plant grows and matures, the leaves become more arrow-shaped, even triangular, and can reach one meter in height. This vining Philodendron Hastatum has a thick stem structure and has a climbing growth habit, so if you desire your friend to grow in an attractive formation, get a coco pole, a trellis, or a moss poll so it can reach its full potential. If you fail to do so, your philodendron can grow straggly and drooping and certainly not graceful.