ABOUT OF PHILODENDRON SQUAMIFERUM
This elegant Phliodendron squamiferum is native to Brazil, Columbia and Peru. Also known as the Red Bristle Philodendron, it has unusual red furry stems. This Philodendron is very easy to care for and is the perfect starter plant for the novice indoor plant enthusiast, or a pretty addition to an established collection.
“This Philodendron squamiferum is still a juvenile and you can tell from the hairs on stems which are still pale green. When mature, the stems will turn red and be covered with soft, fuzzy red hairs. This rare species from tropical rain forests in South America also has distinctively-shaped leaves with five lobes. The attractive foliage is glossy and grows from 12 to 18 inches long. A favorite of Philodendron collectors, it seems very easy to grow – so far for me. The plant lives as an epiphyte in the wild, growing high up into trees. You can tie it to a totem 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.”
Uses & Benefits Of PHILODENDRON SQUAMIFERUM
- A young Philodendron squamiferum might look nice on a table that leans against a wall, with a small trellis for it to grow up on.
- Once the plant matures a bit it’s probably more suitable as a floor plant, since you eventually need a pretty big trellis or totem to keep up with it.
- An attractive and strong philodendron with its hairy
- petioles as a very distinctive feature
- It is also a climber and fast growing plant
LIGHT: The Philodendron squamiferum needs medium light, will grow best in bright indirect sunlight. Keep away from direct sunlight.
WATER: Water the plant when the top of the soil feels slightly dry. Let the pot drain completely and never allow the plant to stand in water. In winter, water sparingly and allow more time between each watering so the soil has time to dry a bit more than usual.
TEMPERATURE: Philodendrons prefer warmer temperatures, temperatures above 10oC are preferable, they will thrive between 18oC and 25oC.
GROWTH: These are very easy to grow and can make a good plant choice for the beginner. Give their leaves a wipe over every now and then to keep them looking healthy.