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Care of the plant Philodendron hastatum or Silver Sword Philodendron.

Care of the plant Philodendron hastatum or Silver Sword Philodendron

The genus Philodendron, family of the Araceae, includes 120 species native to Brazil, Guyana and Colombia. Some species are: Philodendron hastatum, Philodendron selloum, Philodendron scandens, Philodendron speciosum, Philodendron giganteum, Philodendron verrucosum, Philodendron andreanum, Philodendron sanguineum, Philodendron imbe.

Common name: Silver Sword Philodendron. This species is native to Colombia.

They are tropical climbing plants with stems wrapped in a stipule and adventitious roots. They have large glossy dark green leaves that are lance-shaped with an arrow-shaped base. They do not usually bloom.

They are used as indoor or greenhouse plants due to their tropical origin. Help them climb with a moss-covered stake.

The Philodendron hastatum needs a very bright exposure but without receiving direct sunlight. They do not resist temperatures below 16 ºC or drafts.

The soil can be a mixture of heather soil and peat.

Water frequently in summer and more sparingly in winter. It's important to water with lime-free water.

They do not need pruning but to get the plant to produce new stems it's convenient to remove the upper buds.

Fertilize monthly in summer with mineral fertilizer; the rest of the year do it quarterly.

They are propagated from cuttings; root in a substrate with peat and sand.

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Philodendron hastatum
Philodendron hastatum
Philodendron hastatum
 

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