Unique for their red hairy stems, the Philodendron Squamiferum is quite a rare but beloved find in the houseplant world! Below you will find all the information you need to care for your Philodendron Squamiferum.
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.
I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it will retain the right amount of water.
Whether you're looking to make sure your Philodendron Squamiferum is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
The ideal light level for a Philodendron Squamiferum is bright but indirect so keep it away from direct light (especially in the summer when the sun is strongest). They can deal with some medium level light though so should be fine in the same spot all year around.
It’s important to get the right balance with watering your Philodendron Squamiferum as they don’t like either extreme. The best way to water your plant is to make sure the top few inches of the soil is dry before watering and removing any excess water that runs out the bottom of the pot to prevent root rot.
One thing your Philodendron Squamiferum will love you for is if you boost the humidity around the plant by misting the leaves or using a humidifier. They are fairly tolerant of dry air though so don’t worry too much about this.
Philodendron Squamiferum plants are not super quick growers which means you don’t need to fertilise them often. If you do want to then we recommend using a water-soluble fertiliser every few months during spring and summer.
The best way to propagate a Philodendron Squamiferum is by taking a stem cutting. Place in water and after a few weeks (or months) you should start to see new roots forming. Replace the water weekly to keep things fresh.
Unfortunately, Philodendron Squamiferum plants are toxic to both humans and pets so you want to keep these away from anything or anyone who might nibble on it whilst you aren’t looking!
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Philodendron Squamiferum are quite slow growers so there will be periods of time where you don’t see any growth at all. However, if there is no growth during spring and summer then your plant might be pot-bound. Inspect the root system to see whether it needs an upgrade in pot size.
Brown leaf tips on a Philodendron Squamiferum are often caused by a lack of humidity. Make sure you are misting your plant a few times each week as well as using a humidifier to increase the humidity level.
If your Philodendron Squamiferum has dark brown or black leaves then you are probably overwatering your plant. If there isn’t enough drainage (eg. the drainage holes are blocked by clumps of soil) or you are simply overwatering each time then the roots on your Philodendron Squamiferum will begin to rot. This means your plant can no longer get all the water and nutrients it needs and the leaves will go brown or black. Replace the waterlogged soil with fresh potting mix and trim away the worst affected roots and leaves.
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