Philodendron Hastatum

How to Grow & Care for Philodendron Hastatum ‘Silver Sword’ (2023)

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Philodendron Hastatum is a kind of rare species that is also known as Silver Sword Philodendron. For differentiation, the Philodendron Hastatum has a different shape which does change at different stages of the plant. You need to take care of the plant for pro[er growth and in this article, I have shared my experience of planting and caring for Philodendron Hastatum.

Quick takeaways:

They do have different appearances throughout the stage of growing such as:

  • The lobes begin to form.
  • The Philodendron Hastatum posterior part of the leaf starts getting wider and larger.
  • Looking like a sword.
  • The Philodendron Hastatum has round and smaller leaves and after the plant comes into the adulting stage it changes to longer, narrower, and more elongated leaves.

The following image shows common points you need to look for to grow and care for philodendron hastatum which is further explained in detail.

Philodendron Hastatum
Philodendron Hastatum

Grow & Care for Philodendron Hastatum:

The following are some ways that you need to follow for proper growth and care for Philodendron Hastatum:

  • Light And Temperature
  • Size And Growth
  • Flowering And Fragrance
  • Watering And Fertilizing 
  • Soil And Transplanting
  • Grooming And Maintenance
  • Humidity. 
  • Potting and repotting. 
  • Pruning 
  • Propagation

Light And Temperature:

The  Philodendron Hastatum needs to keep away from direct sunlight in order to grow and care so that the plant does not get scorched on the plant. The suitable conditions of light to grow  Philodendron Hastatum is in partial shade due to its leathery, glossy foliage but remember that a large amount of low light will make them leggy. So you need to find a place where the morning light reaches the plant and has exposure to afternoon shade.

Philodendron Hastatum
Philodendron Hastatum

In case of the temperature, you can grow the  Philodendron Hastatum in average humidity of at least 50% percent. To grow the plant it is really safe to mist because the leaves of  Philodendron Hastatum are glossy and leathery. You need to place the plant in an average temperature that ranges from 65° – 80° degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature during the night should be about  5° degrees Fahrenheit cooler. You need to keep Philodendron Hastatum away from any sudden temperature shifts. 

Size And Growth:

When we talk about the size of the plant that can grow to 10′ feet tall and 5′ feet wide. The growth of the Philodendron Hastatum is generally fast which makes it capable of having a new leaf within a month. Due to the presence of philos in Philodendron Hastatum, it is an avid climber so you need to provide the plant support of a bamboo pole or trellis. It consists of a distinctive D shape when it is cut in a cross-section as the stem of the plant is thick and has short notes. The leaves are the most attractive point for people to plant philodendron hastatum.

Philodendron Hastatum
Philodendron Hastatum

After getting longer or maturing they are mixed of gray-green and blue-gray. The structure of the leaf is like an elongated heart which does have narrows along its length 11 having a border shape. Which do look like an elephant’s head. The formation of the new leaves is from a cataphyll which is in an oval shape appearance. 

Flowering and fragrance:

In the case of blooming for seeds, it is a rare chance or it takes over decades for the plant to reach the stage of sexual maturity hence it is very unlikely to see it Bloom in a domestic setting. 

Philodendron Hastatum
Philodendron Hastatum

Watering and fertilizing:

The following are some steps you need to follow for watering and fertilizing the plant:

  • First, you need to stick your finger in the soil, and if you find it is dry reach 1 to 2 inches down and water the plant. 
  • You need to water it thoroughly and slowly until you find the water shipping from the drainage hole of the plant. 
  • If you have planted the door outdoors then you need to water the plant under the soil so it does not absorb the water as fast as you are pouring the water. 
  • No need to water in the fall and winter seasons as the plant is in a dormant stage.
  • In case of the requirement of the fertilizer, you need to feed monthly the balanced liquid fertilizer.
  • During the fall and winter, you have to feed them once every 2 months. 
  • In case of having high numbers, you have to dilute the fertilizer by half. 


It is always better to provide a little less rather than providing too much that will damage your plant. 

Soil and transplanting:

In the case of preferred soil for growing the philodendron Hastatum is sandier having plenty of organic material. For good growth and care you can pot the plant in a pure sphagnum Moss or even you can add a mix of peat and perlite. In addition, you can also add a bit of extra perlite for growing philodendron hastatum. 

Philodendron Hastatum
Philodendron Hastatum

There is no time set for repotting the plant. You can report after the plant starts to have a root bound that is clearly visible when the roots are poking out of the drainage holes. 

Grooming and maintenance:

For grooming and maintenance, you need to buy the leaves monthly and remove the dust from the leaf and also check for any pests on the plant. You need to remove all the damaged and diseased leaves stem from the plant. 


For propagating, you need to cut the stem which is the easiest and very popular way to propagate the philodendron hastatum. The other way is to use the seeds for propagation. 

If you keep the plant in higher humidity it will get more prone to fungal infections generally the plant is free from pests and diseases but in high humidity or in the household, it may get pets like a pest, mealybugs, Spider-Man, and thrips. Root rot is a very common disease risk in the plant because the plant contains high levels of calcium oxalate and is also not safe for any pets or humans if they consume it. 


The most common mistake a gardener makes while taking care of them is ignoring the yellow leaves, brown leaf tips, and leaf edges. So we need to take proper care in order to grow philodendron hastatum and the above-mentioned points will help you out for growing the plant. 

Becky Decker