Philodendron Hastatum Grey

The Philodendron Hastatum Grey, or ‘Silver Sword’, has smooth grey foliage with a slight metallic fleck. This vining Philodendron has quite a thick stem structure which can be grown into a unique formation with a simple thin stake to direct it, or a trellis for it to grow itself up. Without something to grow upon your Philodendron Silver Sword is likely to start to droop and look less appealing therefore providing a growing structure is recommended. As your plant grows and develops the size of its leaves will increase and become triangular in shape as it reach a moderate size of approximate one meters in height.

Philodendrons are known for their easy care and ability to adapt to the indoor conditions. Your Philodendron Silver Sword is no exception to this generalisation. It too requires little maintenance, is not very susceptible to pests, and follows the generic indoor plant rules of bright indirect sun, regular watering which is adjusted between seasons, and fertilise during periods of growth. The only additional consideration is around the use of care products such as fertilisers, or pest controls (should you ever require them). Either avoid contact with the leaves, or trial on a smaller leaf, as the silver colouring may make it more susceptible to discolour or cause damage.

The Philodendron Silver Sword originates from the rain forests of America indicating it will have tropical plant traits. In the wild this plant would be found growing up surrounding trees and other plants to break through the canopy of leaves above. When placed indoors it will tolerate lower light levels, although you will notice your plant have a greater distance between each leaf. This is your plants natural design to help it reach towards a brighter light source. By selecting a spot with perfect lighting conditions your plant will grow to have fuller foliage with its leaves closer together. Some people do prefer their plants to have more of a sparse appearance, with smaller leaves, therefore placing in a shadier spot will create this look.   

Philodendron Hastatum Grey Plant Care

Temperature

The Philodendron Silver Sword prefers a warm and humid environment as a tropical plant. Ideally with temperatures between 18-25 degrees.

Light

Prefers medium to bright indirect light. Find a spot where the sunlight never touches the leaves of your plant

Watering

Likes damp soil. Water regularly but allow the soil to partly dry out before watering again. The roots do not like to be left wet so ensure that your pot has good drainage. Water slightly more during spring and summer months which are periods of growth. Reduce your watering schedules during the winter months.

Maintenance

Other than providing your plant a climbing structure you may wish to tie part of your plant to the structure to guide it. To keep the leaves of your plant clean, put it in the summer rain, or rinsing it in the shower on occasion to remove any accumulated dust. Alternatively, the occasional wipe down of the leaves with a cloth would also be sufficient.  

Fertilizer

During spring and summer use an all-purpose liquid plant food to promote new growth. If your plants newer leaves are pale it can be an indication of lack of calcium or magnesium.

Toxicity

The Philodendron Grey is toxic and should not be consumed by pets and children.

Soil

This plant prefers a loose and well-draining soil.

Re-potting

When the roots appear to have filled the bottom of the pot it is time to upgrade the pot size

Potential Problems

Discolouration of Leaves: Browning or drooping leaves are an indication of under, or over-watering your plant. If you notice several yellow leaves it can be a result of too much sunlight. Check the location and weight of you plant to see if it needs to be moved or watered. .