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Philodendron 'Silver Sword'

Philodendron 'Silver Sword'

Regular price $30.30 USD
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Common NamesSilver Sword
Botanical Name: Philodendron hastatum

Philodendron 'Silver Sword' Description

The 'Silver Sword' features long, narrow leaves that start as a bright silver-blue and mature into a deeper green with a silver cast. The leaves are somewhat stiff and upright, growing from a central stem that can be trained up a support or allowed to trail over the edge of a pot. This Philodendron is a climbing variety, which means it thrives when provided with a moss pole or trellis to support its growth.

Care Plan for Philodendron 'Silver Sword'

Light: This plant performs best in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate medium light levels, but the color and sheen of the leaves are most pronounced when the plant receives plenty of light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.

Watering: Water the 'Silver Sword' when the top inch of soil feels dry. Ensure the plant receives consistent moisture but is not waterlogged. Excellent drainage is crucial as standing water can lead to root rot. Reduce watering during the cooler, dormant months.

Humidity: Philodendron 'Silver Sword' thrives in high humidity environments but will do quite well in average household humidity. For optimal growth and to prevent leaf tips from browning, consider increasing humidity levels with a humidifier, misting, or placing a pebble tray beneath the plant.

Temperature: Keep temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Avoid exposure to temperatures below 55°F (13°C), as cold drafts and chill can damage the plant.

Child and Pet Safety: Like many philodendrons, the 'Silver Sword' is toxic if ingested. It contains calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause irritation of the mouth, tongue, and gastrointestinal tract. It is best to keep this plant out of reach of pets and young children.

General Tips: Fertilize every two months during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Support the plant with a moss pole or other structure to encourage vertical growth. Periodically clean the leaves with a damp cloth to enhance their luster and check for pests.

The Philodendron 'Silver Sword' is an excellent choice for those who appreciate unique and visually striking houseplants. Its care is straightforward, focusing on appropriate lighting, watering, and humidity levels. With proper care, this stunning plant can grow vigorously, providing a dramatic and luxurious element to your indoor garden.


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