Philodendron hastatum is part of the Araceae family and is native to SE. Brazil. It is a Hemi-epiphytic vine with narrowly ovate to ovate-triangular leaves as a juvenile. Leaf blades are blue-green, sub-coriaceous and semi-glossy on the upper (adaxial) surface. Unfortunately, this plant is on the Red List due to rainforest clearing for farming, logging and human habitation.
Genus name comes from the Greek ‘philo’ meaning loving and ‘dendro’ meaning tree.
Specific epithet comes from the Latin ‘hasti’ meaning spear, this is in reference to the leaf shape as the plant matures.
Pot: ø 19cm.
Height: Approximately 70cm from base of pot.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. *
Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: 21-27°C. No lower than 15°C.
Humidity: Philodendron hastatum prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Philodendron are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.