10 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Silver Sword Philodendron Overview
Philodendron hastatum is commonly known by the name Silver Sword Philodendron after its shiny, silvery leaf appearance. Foliage is almost metallic, slender-pointed, heart to arrow-shaped, coloured grey-green to grey-blue and the leaves possess elongated leaf blades. Emerging leaves are protected by modified leaf structures termed cataphylls and leaf shape changes with age, they typically start off heart-shaped and develop a more arrow-shaped appearance with age. Leaves measure between 45-60cm. This species likes to climb, it can reach up to 3m in height given the correct growing conditions. Provide with a moss pole or alternative structure to climb for the best results. Mature plants can produce red-green flowers arranged in spathe structures. Philodendron hastatum is tender and should be positioned in partial to shaded light, in well-draining, moist, soil high in organic matter for optimal growth. Originating from South-eastern Brazil, this tropical plant is a commonly grown houseplant in many areas, including the UK.
Common problems with Silver Sword Philodendron
Generally disease free but can suffer scale insects.
How to harvest Silver Sword Philodendron
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Silver Sword Philodendron
Take stem tip or leaf bud cuttings.
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Other uses of Silver Sword Philodendron
Grown as a house plant in conservatories and used to provide tropical looking architectural interest in offices.