Plant Care Philodendron Squamiferum

Philodendron Squamiferum

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Philodendron Squamiferum has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Philodendron Squamiferum has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Philodendron Squamiferum

Philodendrons grow aerial roots that grip the bark of trees, allowing them to grow over 20 feet tall! Their leaves change shape as they climb and can grow larger than a dinner plate. Fossils show Philodendrons growing as far back as 30 million years ago when South America was still connected to Antarctica! ❄️

Taxonomy

Philodendron squamiferum
Philodendron
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Hairy Philodendron, Hairy Philodendron and Red Bristle Philodendron

How to care for Philodendron Squamiferum

💦 Water

How often to water your Philodendron Squamiferum

Water needs for Philodendron Squamiferum
0.5 cups
every 9

Philodendron Squamiferum needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Philodendron Squamiferum

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Hairy Philodendron in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Philodendron Squamiferum: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Philodendron Squamiferum can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Philodendron Squamiferum in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Philodendron Squamiferum

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Philodendron Squamiferum: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Philodendron Squamiferum after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Philodendron Squamiferum prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Hairy Philodendron Water Frequency →

Hairy Philodendron Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Philodendron Squamiferum can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Hairy Philodendron Light Requirements →

Hairy Philodendron Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Hairy Philodendron Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Philodendron Squamiferum prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Hairy Philodendron Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Philodendron Squamiferum does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Hairy Philodendron →

When and How to Successfully Repot Hairy Philodendron →


💩 Fertilizer

Philodendron Squamiferum should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Hairy Philodendron →


❄️ Dormancy

Philodendron Squamiferum does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!


🌎 Native Region

Philodendron Squamiferum is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Philodendron Squamiferum

Philodendron Squamiferum

Philodendron Squamiferum


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

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Philodendron Squamiferum has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
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Philodendron Squamiferum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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