Philodendron Squamiferum

Philodendron squamiferum


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Understanding the watering needs of the Philodendron Squamiferum is necessary to prevent it from drying out or wilting. The Philodendron Squamiferum is a water-loving plant. However, overwatering can lead to fungal infections and death. Before watering, make sure the top 0.4 inches (3 centimeters) of its soil is dry. For a more reliable option, use a moisture meter to check the plant’s moisture levels and then water it. Overall, make sure the soil remains moist but is not water-clogged or soggy. If your Philodendron Squamiferum is growing in a bright spot and loose medium soil, it is best to water it every 6-7 days during summers and once every 11-12 days during the winters. Do not overwater your Squamiferum as it is one of the most water-sensitive Philodendrons. Rotting stalks and wilting leaves are two indicators of an overwatered Squamiferum.


The Philodendron Squamiferums are tree huggers and so often tend to attach themselves to trees in rainforests. Since the canopies partially shade them, they have not evolved to grow in direct sunlight. We would recommend keeping these tropical plants in medium to bright indirect sunlight. In summers, a spot with partial shade is perfect. In winters, however, a setting with bright indirect sunlight works best. If your house does not have such a spot, you can use artificial growing lights or tie a cloth to your window to only allow filtered diffused light to hit the plant. Too little sunlight will slow down and inhibit new growth. It can also lead to root rotting. As a general rule, avoid extremes. Please do not keep your Squamiferum plant in direct light or full shade, and similarly, do not dehydrate the plant or overwater it. Maintain a balance for a healthy green Philodendron Squamiferum.


Philodendron Squamiferum or the ‘hairy’ Philodendron is a relatively rare species of the Philodendron family. Famous for its red hairs, botanically known as pubescence, the Philodendron Squamiferum is an aroid epiphyte. It’s easy to care, and pretty foliage makes it a popular choice among the masses as a houseplant.
Its leaves are oak shaped with multiple lobes. Fuzzy red hairs surround the stems of this aroid species.  Philodendron Squamiferum plant is a climber and can reach great heights if allowed.  A Philodendron Squamiferum makes a beautiful showy plant. When young, it can be placed indoors on a table against a wall with a small trellis. Its multi-lobed healthy green foliage makes an eye-catching contrast against light or dull-colored walls.
Since it reaches great heights when fully mature, it is best to grow it as a floor plant later on. When planted indoors, it may require a large trellis or totem for it to expand upon.