Philodendron Hastatum
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Philodendron Hastatum

All you need to know about the philodendron hastatum care: the silver sword, alien-leaved stunner…

Philodendron Hastatum Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water when the top half of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:Use a balanced feed once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:A well-draining, rich potting compost.
Temperature:18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Silver sword.
Common issues:Overwatering. Pests.


The Philodendron Hastatum is a large philodendron with greeny-grey-silver leaves These are very decorative houseplants, it is stunning and will stand out in and demand attention as the leaves do not look natural they are alien-like in their gray coloring. Originally from Brazilian rainforests, it needs to be treated as a tropical plant, and semi-epiphytic, we’ll run down how to care for it.

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Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight is ideal for a hastatum. I like to keep my philodendrons in a south facing room, but back from or to the side of the window so they sun does not hit them, but they get loads of light.

How Often to Water A Philodendron Hastatum

Check your philodendron hastatum once a week and water them in the top half of soil is dry. They really do not want to be water logged in any way, they do not always grow in soil in the wild, but can grow in bark pieces too, so water logged soil can lead to root rot quickly. Do not let it sit in water.


Use a balanced feed once a month in the spring and summer growing months. Philodendrons really benefit from feeding and tend to grow much more when fed. I like to feed mine a much more diluted fertilizer the first time I feed them in the year to ensure I don’t burn them, and then add a bit more each time, and I stop adding when I see increased growth..


A well-draining, rich potting compost will suit a hastatum well. You should add some perlite too to aid drainage, as the plants must not sit in wet soil for too long.

For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot A Philodendron Hastatum

Repot your philodendron hastatum when the roots start to grow through the bottom of its pot. They can grow quickly sometimes.


Philodendrons like the philodendron hastatum like 50% humidity which is the higher end of household humidity (most households are 30-50%). Give them a misting two or thee times a week.


Normal household temperatures of 18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) will be ideal for these silver sword philodendrons.

How To Propagate A Philodendron Hastatum Silver Sword

Sphagnum moss is your friend when it comes to propagation. Take a node cutting and bury the bottom node (strip it naked of leaves) it in a clear cup filled with moist sphagnum moss. Then put it in a warm place with bright indirect sunlight and wait for it to root which can take up to 2 months. Keep it moist by spraying it a few times a week. You should see the root growth, then the plant should start putting out new foliage at least by month 3.

For more on philodendron propagation see this guide: How To Propagate Philodendron.

Philodendron Subhastatum Vs Hastatum

The hastatum is much more silvery in color, the subhastatum has ‘racing green’ leaves.

Is It A Climbing Or A Crawling Philodendron?

The hastatum is a cimbing philodendron.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

They are toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and numbness. So seek vets advice immediately if your pet eats any.

Philodendron Hastatum USDA Zone

They can grow outdoors year-round in zones 10-11.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names

Silver sword.

For more on philodendrons see our philodendron category with all our philodendron care guides.

FAQs and Common Problems

Philodendron Hastatum Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves due to waterlogging and root rot are an issue, makes sure you do not overwater these. When watering, I do not flush my philodendrons with loads of water, I give them just enough that only a few drips come out the bottom. And certainly they should not sit in water after watering, tip out the excess water.


Also keep an eye out for plant pests on their leaves, do not let an infestation take hold.

Philodendron Hastatum Vs Silver Sword

The philodendron hastatum and the silver sword are the same plant, just different names for it.

Philodendron Domesticum Vs Hastatum

The domesticum and hastatum are not the same plant, although sometimes they have been confused. For more on this see the excellent article on Exotic Rainforest.

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