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- Philodendron squamiferum is a terrific, rare species from tropical rain forests in South America.
- The vine is unusual for its long, red stems that are covered with soft, fuzzy red hairs!
- The plant also has distinctively-shaped leaves with 5 lobes.
- The attractive foliage is glossy and grows from 12 to 18 inches long.
- The plant lives as an epiphyte in the wild, growing high up into trees.
- In cultivation it grows at a moderate pace, so it won't become rampant and take over, like some Philodendrons.
- You may tie it to a wooden post, trellis, or other support.
- The leaves of young plants are shaped somewhat like a violin, and eventually form large, distinct lobes as the plant matures.
- The bristly stem of each leaf is almost as long as the leaf itself.
- The hairs are green on some plants, but on mine they are red.
- Because Philodendron squamiferum is naturally an epiphyte, its roots were made for gripping.
- The species won’t like being suffocated in dense media like pure potting soil: you’ll need something much lighter and coarser.
- A nice mixture for a Philodendron squamiferum would contain a moisture-retaining element (like sphagnum moss or coco coir) as well as bits with a larger particle size to allow excess water to escape, like perlite. You can also add some pine bark fines (partially composted pine bark).
- During the growing months (spring and summer, maybe into early fall), water the plant with a dash of fertilizer about once every 1-1.5 months.
- If you’re not sure what kind of plant food to use, try keeping things simple and going for a fertilizer made for Philodendrons.
- Medium light but can tolerate low light.
- Avoid too much direct sun.
- Can withstand 3 hours of direct sunlight.
- Once weekly.
- Allow potting mix to dry out before watering.
- Soil about 3,5cm down should be dry to touch.
- Water more frequently during warmer months and fertilize during growth season.
- Generally, the plant will droop to show that it needs more water.
- Do not overwater or keep the soil wet for too long, as this will encourage root rot.
- If leaves are yellowing due to overwatering, skip a week or two of watering.