Philodendron Subhastatum
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Philodendron Subhastatum

Don’t over water it, and give it plenty of light and your Philodendron Subhastatum will do well…

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.

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

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.


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.


18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) is a good temperature range to get the best out of this plant. They’ll be at home in most homes!


To propagate a 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 we sphagnum moss. Keep it moist and humid until it grows a decent roots system, then pot it up.

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…

Philodendron Subhastatum Variegata
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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.

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