Philodendron Squamiferum

Philodendron Squamiferum Care

Philodendron Squamiferum

Basic Philodendron Squamiferum care

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.

Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.

Water Moderately

I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.

High Humidity

I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.

Potting Soil

I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.

Detailed Philodendron Squamiferum Care Information

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.

Philodendron Squamiferum

Keep them away from direct sunlight

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.

Philodendron Squamiferum are sensitive to overwatering

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.

They love extra humidity

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.

Feeding your Philodendron Squamiferum is optional

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.

Propagate a Philodendron Squamiferum using a stem cutting

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.

Philodendron Squamiferum are toxic

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!

Philodendron Squamiferum Propagation

Luckily propagating your Philodendron Squamiferum is a very easy and pretty successful process, this is because you can just take simple cuttings!

How to Propagate a Philodendron Squamiferum

The process for propagating your Philodendron Squamiferum is about as easy as it gets. To start make sure that you have a healthy and mature parent plant, this give your a slightly higher success rate and will also lower the risk of causing problems with the starter plant.

Next, with some clean sharp shears or scissors, snip off some cuttings from the stems making sure to cut just underneath some leaf nodes (remove these leaves). Take the stems and submerge them in some water, these should start rooting pretty quickly. Once you have some leaves and a good healthy root ball go ahead and plant them into some good quality potting mix and continue care as normal.

Philodendron Squamiferum FAQs

Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Philodendron Squamiferum.

The ideal light level for a Philodendron Squamiferum is bright but indirect light. This means slightly further away from the window so that it doesn’t get direct sun beams hitting its leaves. This is especially important during summer where the sun is a lot stronger and direct light can easily damage the leaves.

Philodendron Squamiferum plants don’t like to have super dry or super soggy soil so it’s important to strike the right balance. The best way to know how much to water is to monitor the moisture levels in the soil and ensure the top few inches of the soil is dry before watering. You’ll also need to cut back watering a little during winter as the potting mix will take longer to dry out and the risk of root rot is higher.

Unfortunately, Philodendron Squamiferum plants are toxic when ingested. So you want to keep them far away from pets and children who might try and nibble at the leaves.

Overall they fall sort of in the middle between easy and difficult to care for. They definitely aren’t adaptable to a range of environments like some houseplants are but they also won’t be too fussy if you miss the occasional watering or forget to mist it for a while. 

If in the right environment and given the right care, Philodendron Squamiferum plants can grow several feet tall. They aren’t the fastest growing plants though so it shouldn’t outgrow the space for a while.

No they aren’t super fast growing and you should only expect a few leaves to pop out every now and again. They definitely won’t take over your home any time soon.

Philodendron Squamiferum Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Philodendron Squamiferum.

Philodendron Squamiferum

Common Problems with your Philodendron Squamiferum

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 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 to prevent any more brown leaves from developing on your Philodendron Squamiferum.

Philodendron Squamiferum plants often develop yellow leaves if they are being overwatered. They are a little bit more sensitive to overwatering compared to a lot of other plants so it’s important you allow the potting mix to fully dry out between waterings to prevent yellow leaves.

If there isn’t an issue with watering, then we recommend giving your plant a thorough once over to spot any pests (or signs of pests) as yellow leaves can also be an indicator of an infestation.

If your Philodendron Squamiferum is only developing a few yellow leaves each year, and the rate of yellowing isn’t increasing, then it might simply be natural ageing. It’s normal for your Philodendron Squamiferum to drop a few of its oldest leaves and these will often turn yellow before falling off your plant.

Watering and temperature shock are the most common reasons why Philodendron Squamiferum plants lose their leaves. We recommend investing in both a digital thermometer and moisture meter to keep track of moisture and temperature levels around your plant and these will go a long way to fixing any issues before it’s causing your Philodendron Squamiferum to lose leaves.

If your Philodendron Squamiferum is only losing a leaf or two every year, then it might just be natural ageing. These leaves will often turn yellow before falling off the plant. Usually, when your Philodendron Squamiferum is losing leaves due to natural ageing, it’s the lowest and oldest leaves that fall from your plant.

If your Philodendron Squamiferum is drooping then this often means there is an issue with watering. This can be both underwatering and overwatering as both extremes impact the roots’ ability to take up needed oxygen, moisture and nutrients for your plant which will cause it to droop.

If you can’t seem to find a problem with how you are watering your Philodendron Squamiferum, then it might also be cold temperatures that is causing your plant to droop down.

Curling leaves can be a bit of a tricky one to diagnose on Philodendron Squamiferum plants as there are quite a few causes; low humidity, underwatering, cold temperatures, direct sunlight and pests.

We recommend going through each issue one by one to see what is causing the leaves on your Philodendron Squamiferum to curl.

Simple Philodendron Squamiferum Care Requirements

It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Philodendron Squamiferum.

These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.

Common NamePhilodendron Squamiferum
Latin NamePhilodendron Squamiferum
LightBright Indirect Light
WaterWater Moderately
HumidityHigh Humidity
Soil TypePotting Soil

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