So-called thanks to its blue-tinged leaves and arrow/ sword-resembling leaf shape, the Philodendron Hastatum will make a unique and wonderful addition to your home collection. Best-grown in medium light, though lower light levels are acceptable, the plant is also often referred to as the Silver Sword Philodendron. Here’s a care guide, as well as plant tips and how to propagate the silver sword.
Philodendron Hastatum Care Guide
Like most philodendrons, the Hastatum enjoys bright, indirect sunlight. In your home, this could be a place close to a window, but not directly in front of, as this can lead to the foliage burning. The plant is generally easy to grow and has glossy leaves which will usually tolerate lower light conditions (though this is not ideal).
Though most philodendrons are more green in appearance, that of the Silver Sword is unique with its shiny mirror-like leaves. In nature, the plant is a climbing vine, meaning that you should provide a cane or moss poll on which it can climb. Pruning/ pinching may be required so that the plant doesn’t grow too straggly.
Like other aroid plants, Philodendron Hastatums enjoy well-draining soil. Silver Sword likes to be moist but doesn’t want to have its roots too wet as this can lead to root rot.. As such, make sure the top inch of the soil is dry before re-watering the plant. Humidity requirements are average. The Hastatum can also be grown in 100% spagnum moss
Philodendrons are pretty easy to care for plants, as long as they’re watered the correct amount and fertilised around once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Though not susceptible to house pests, aphids and mealybugs can cause problems. All philodendrons are toxic to animals and so should be kept out of reach of pets and children.
Silver Sword Propagation
Like many other aroid plants, the Silver Sword is easy enough to propagate via stem cuttings. Simply cut the plant with a section that includes one, and preferably two, nodes. Then place in water and wait for several weeks, and sometimes over a month, for roots to form. Then pot up in well-draining potting mix and you’ll have a brand new plant addition to your home, or alternatively a fantastic gift for another plant lover in your life.
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