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June 21, 2022 2 min read

Native only to Brazil these plants are threatened in the wild due to the loss of habitat and extinction of their pollinator insects. They are however, relatively secure within plant collections and growers.

This beauty is commonly called the 'Silver Sword' for its beloved grey-green foliage and sword-like leaves when it's young. Once particularly hard to find, the Philodendron hastatum's hardy nature and pleasing colour have made them incredibly popular amongst indoor plant enthusiasts.

Adding to their popularity is their easy-going care. They enjoy a bright to shaded position with indirect light but never allow their leaves to be in direct sunlight for extended periods or they will burn. They will also tolerate lower light areas but their growth rate will be slow.

They will enjoy moderate amounts of water but wilting leaves can indicate either too much or too little water. How will you know? If, the potting soil feels wet to the touch and you haven't just watered, then you are over-watering. Simple. Adjust your watering accordingly.

Another sign you've overwatered is 'wet spots' on the leaves, where areas darken and and the leaf appears waterlogged. In this instance,

remove any water that has collected in its saucer or drip tray and monitor the plant. Allow to dry out and always check before watering again. If the leaf where the dark spots start to rot simply remove and discard to avoid fungal or mould growth.

They enjoy moderately warmer temperatures of between 15-25 degrees, ideally but if 'hardened off', can actually tolerate a sheltered spot outside - even during a Melbourne winter. Like many of the aroid family they are hardy and tolerate most locations within the home.

With a vining growth habit the Philodendron hastatum will happily climb up a moss pole or even attach aerial roots to walls if left to its own devices. If you prefer a more compact look to this plant, it is easily pinched out to create a bushier look. 

While this is a relatively easy to care for indoor plant, please be mindful of where you place you Philodendron hastatum as these are toxic and should be kept away from curious pets and children. Don't forget to be mindful of washing your hands thoroughly after contact with the sap while pruning.