Philodendron Hastatum Complete Care Guide

Silver shiny leaves that glow in the dark 👀 Maybe the last part is not quite accurate, but Philodendron Hastatum is definitely a beauty 💕

Scientific name: Philodendron Hastatum

Also called: Silver Sword Philodendron, Philodendron Silver Queen

Family: ARACEAE

care meter: 8/10

Philodendron Silver Sword is easy care once you figure out what it needs, but that’s why you have this article to serve you 😉

light

Bright indirect light is best for your Philodendron Hastatum. But do not worry, if your home is a bit darker, you can definitely help it with grow lights.

Keep it away from direct sun, because the foliage on this plant is very thin and it could burn easily.

watering

I water my Philodendron Silver Queen once every 7-10 days during summer, and once every 14-21 days during winter.

I let the substrate dry out almost completely and I check the soil every time before watering. This plant doesn’t like excess water, that leads to root rot and it’s not fun to deal with.

temperature

Average. Somewhere around 18-26°C should be great. Don’t let the temperatures drop below 15°C because it could cause damage on the leaves.

humidity

Philodendron Silver Sword is actually pretty adaptable and can thrive in the average home humidity (50%). The higher the humidity, the better though 😅

Philodendron Hastatum propagation by leafless stem cuttings helped by high humidity

fertilizer

You can fertilize Philodendron Hastatum once a month during growing season (spring to early fall). However, if your plant is still active during winter, you could still feed it.

Use a more diluted solution and fertilize a bit less often (once every two months should be okay).

I use a NPK ratio of 10-10-10 but I tried ratios with higher Nitrogen amounts in the past, and the plant was fine. Whatever you choose, make sure you don’t over do it.

substrate

Lightweight, lightweight, lightweight. This should be my catchphrase. If your substrate is lightweight, most of your plants will be happy breathing. Philodendron Silver Queen is no different.

A mix that is pretty affordable and works great is one part coco coir, one part perlite and one part pine bark. You could also use regular potting soil instead of coco coir.

plastic versus terracotta

Philodendron Hastatum will grow amazing in both plastic and terracotta ❤️ So whatever you choose, the plant will be fine.

If you prefer terracotta pots, make sure you check the soil more often. Terracotta is porous and helps water evaporate faster.

And don’t forget about the drainage holes that are super important for your roots health.

repotting

Repot your Philodendron Silver Sword when you see roots coming out of the drainage holes. Another clue could be the leaves yellowing for no reason.

It’s best if you could repot during growing season, but not 100% necessary. Roots will recover faster during growing season, but if your plant needs a repot during winter, you could totally do it.

propagation

You could propagate your Philodendron Hastatum by stem cuttings in water or directly in the soil. You could also use leca or sphagnum moss.

Cut your plant into segments containing at least one viable node (if you see and inactive axillary bud is great) and choose your fighter.

Another method is by leafless stem cuttings. Use a clean container, add some sphagnum moss or coco coir, place your cuttings and spray them with a bit of water. Place them in a zip bag to create humidity, and you’ll have new plants soon enough.

inactive axillary bud of Philodendron Hastatum (leafless stem cuttings propagation)

pests

I had thrips on my Philodendron Hastatum and back then I was just a novice dealing with plants. My philodendron lost all the big leaves and the only way I thought about saving it was by propagation.

I treated my plant multiple times and then I tried the leafless stem cuttings propagation method and it worked.

The moral of the story: Check your plants every time you water them so you could spot any problem in time!

toxicity

Philodendron Silver Sword is not pet friendly, so please be careful around cute pets.

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