Philodendron Subhastatum

Philodendron Subhastatum

Welcome to our philodendron subhastatum care guide. The key to caring for it is don’t over water it, and give it plenty of light….

Philodendron Subhastatum Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water if top 50% of soil is dry, check once a week.
Fertilizer:Balanced feed once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:A well draining potting mix with added perlite.
Temperature:18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Etsy or our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Root rot from overwatering.


The philodendron subhastatum is a really beautiful climbing green philodendron. Just look at it! It’s known for it’s lush elongated leaves.

See also: Philodendron Panduriforme, Philodendron Patriciae Care, Philodendron Pedatum, Philodendron Rugosum, Philodendron Vs Pothos.

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Philodendron Subhastatum Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight is ideal for a subhastatum. They will do fine further back from the window in areas of medium brightness too.

How Often to Water

Water it if the top 50% of soil is dry, check it once a week. They don’t like a soggy bottom! It is important that philodendrons do not site in wet soil to avoid rot.

Tip: underwater this plant rather than overwater it, they must not sit in soggy soil as they get root rot easily. Check the soil and only water if mostly dry, and make sure you don’t leave the pot standing in any excess water.


Feed once a month in spring and summer with a balanced plant feed. Philodendrons growth seem to really take off when fed.

Philodendron Subhastatum Soil

A well draining potting mix with some added perlite is ideal for a philodendron subhastatum. They mustn’t sit in waterlogged soil, so make sure it has good drainage. It’s worth adding some perlite if you have a standard potting mix. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot

Repot when it becomes root bound. The best time to do this is in spring, but you can do it whenever you see roots poking out the bottom of the pot to be honest.

Philodendron Subhastatum Humidity

50% humidity is perfect for a philodendron subhastatum. If your plant is in a low humidity area of your home, consider upping it with a humidifier or pebble tray to keep those leaves lush.

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


18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) is a good temperature range to get the best out of this plant. Try to keep them above 10°C (50°F) as a minimum at night or in the winter. They’ll be at home in most homes!


To propagate a philodendron subhastatum, take a cutting with at least one leaf and one node, let it callous over for an hour to heal the wound, then pot it up in wet sphagnum moss. Keep it moist and humid until it grows a decent roots system, then pot it up. It should take about two months for the roots to develop to a good size, and then you’ll see new leaf growth from the top of the plant.

Philodendron Subhastatum Price

The go for about 30 – 450 eurso in Eurpoe and 40-60 USD in USA.

Philodendron Subhastatum Size

If given the right care and space they can gro to over 3 meters tall (10 feet).

Philodendron Subhastatum Common Name

It’s scientific name is ‘Philodendron Subhastatu’ and it is normally sold under this name tooo.

Philodendron Subhastatum USDA Zone

They can grow outdoors year-round in zones 9b-11.

Philodendron Subhastatum Variegata
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Philodendron Subhastatum USDA Zone

They can grow outside in zones 9b-11.

Philodendron Subhastatum Vs Hastatum

These two similar plants can be told apart as the hastatum is a silvery-gray green color. The subhastatum has more classic green colored leaves and the underneath can be a burgundy red.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

They are mildly to moderately toxic to pets if eaten and can cause a variety of symptoms including vomiting and oral irritation, as well as numbness. If you think your cat or dog may have eaten any, contact your vet immediately and seek their advice.

Where To Buy A Philodendron Subhastatum

Try Etsy or our list of Rare Plant Shops, as they can be hard to find.

Philodendron Subhastatum Variegata

Yes! There is a variegated subhastatum and it is amazing! It has a mottled light and dark green patterning. See below for one we saw on Instagram, this is definitely a wish list plant. There is a version sold as “philodendron subhastatum variegata ‘balleroy var'” but I cannot comment on how stable the variegation is, it could just be sport variegation, as they are not very widely available, if you have one, please get in contact.

FAQs and Common Problems

Waterlogging causing root rot are a real issue for philodendrons. Just let the top half of the soil dry out completely before watering again. Also keep an eye out for plant pests.

The Philodendron Subhastatum A Climber?

It is a climbing philodendron that grows upwards, they may need staking at some point, but many will grow strongly enough to not need one.

Additional Resources

Buy: we recommend a digital thermometer hygrometer (amazon affiliate link) to measure humidity.


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