Philodendron squamiferum is a rare and beautiful jungle species of philodendron native to Brazil. This spectacular climber is unlike other Philodendrons, thanks to its thick, furry, scaly leaves. In its native environment, the plant can be found growing in the rainforest, climbing up the branches of tall trees or cascading down rocky ledges.
The unique foliage of the Philodendron squamiferum looks as soft as velvet, and its subtle colours provide a striking contrast to its glossy dark green leaves. Flourishing in the warm and humid conditions of the rainforest, the plant’s colourful leaves add a touch of exotic playfulness to any living space.
Tips for nurturing your Philodendron squamiferum:
As with all philodendrons, the Philodendron squamiferum needs bright indirect light. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, which could damage the delicate leaves.
The Philodendron squamiferum grows best in temperatures between 18-24° Celsius (or 64-75° Fahrenheit).
Soil Type and Drainage
For the Philodendron squamiferum, you’ll need to use light and well-draining soil. Any well-draining potting mix is suitable.
This Philodendron species loves humidity, so keeping its environment moist is best. Consider investing in a humidifier to maintain a steady moisture level in the air.
The Philodendron squamiferum should be watered regularly but not excessively. Allow the topsoil layer to dry out before adding more water.
The Philodendron squamiferum is toxic to animals and humans, so keep it out of reach of children and pets.
Although not necessary, applying a liquid fertiliser every few weeks will help your plant to grow and thrive.
Troubleshooting Pests, Diseases and Common Problems
One of the most common problems with Philodendron squamiferum is root rot, so ensure your plant is not watered in excess. Also, look out for spider mites, mealybugs and other pests which can damage the leaves.
]The Philodendron squamiferum can easily be propagated by stem cuttings. When taking a stem cutting, it’s essential to cut just below the node (the area where a leaf is attached to the stem). Once you have taken your cutting, place it in a glass of water and wait for it to callous over. From there, transfer the cutting to a pot of soil and wait for it to take root.
No matter which room you choose to display your Philodendron squamiferum, its presence will surely bring a touch of exotic beauty to your home. With its lush, velvet-like foliage and striking colour contrast, this philodendron is a true jungle wonder and a rare but exquisite addition to any collection of houseplants.