The Philodendron Hastatum, or Silver Sword, is most definitely a statement piece for any home. Their silvery hues and sword-shaped leaves, they will catch any guests eye and leave them wondering where a plant like that can come from. The Silver Sword is native to the rainforests of Brazil. They are actually on the endangered species list due to habitat destruction. Which means, having one in your home can be an act of service…
Medium to bright indirect light is the place to put your Silver Sword. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves and cause discoloration. A north or east facing window would be the best place for them.
Over time, the Silver Sword has evolved to thrive in moisture. So watering when the top 2” of the soil is important. Although they are forgiving plants, they will thrive more when they don’t dry out.
Humidity & Temp
Moderate to high humidity is best for the Silver Sword. Being native to the rainforests, it is important to add humidity to mimic their natural environment. They appreciate 50% humidity. Be sure to keep them at an average room temperature. They will be okay in 60-80 degree Fahrenheit.
The Silver Sword appreciates light, airy, well-draining soil. Avoid rocky or sandy soil. We recommend Fox Farm Ocean Forest potting soil for added nutrients and good drainage.
During the growing season, spring and summer, be sure to fertilize once a month. In the winter you do not need to fertilize as they are dormant.
- Pet friendly?
Philodendrons are not pet friendly. Keep away from young kids and pets.