Philodendron hastatum

Common Names: Philodendron glaucophyllum, Philodendron, Tree Lovers

Synonyms: Philodendron elongatum, Philodendron hastifolium, Philodendron domesticum

Philodendron hastatum

Philodendron hastatum

Description: Philodendron is a popular house plant because it is extremely easy to grow. The leaf blades of Philodendron hastatum are less than leathery to the touch (sub-coriaceous) and are semi-glossy on the adaxial (upper) surface. Rather than having dark green as it’s primary blade color, Philodendron hastatum is often a mixture of gray/green and blue gray with elongated (somewhat lanceolate) leaf blades. Each newly emerging leaf blade is protected by a cataphyll. The cataphyll is a bract like modified leaf that surrounds any newly emerging blade and whose purpose is to protect that new leaf.

Pinch the plant. Without pinching, it will grow with long, single stems and become lanky. Try to pinch close to the node because any bare stem that is left will die, and the node will not grow a new stem.

Foliage – coloured
Shape – climbing and training

Watering in rest period – sparingly
Watering in active growth period – moderately
Light – bright filtered
Temperature in rest period – min 13C max 24C
Temperature in active growth period – min 13C max 24C
Humidity – low

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