Part of the Araceae plant family, the Squamiferum is a tactile wonder with deep burgundy stems that are lined with tiny touchable hairs and lush green stems.
Big foliage plants have been on-trend for a while now, with Monsteras taking centre stage. If you're looking for something that's on the same page but slightly off the beaten track, the Squamiferum is a fab choice!
This one comes with its own supportive bamboo frame. You can train it to climb or remove the frame altogether and let it trail.
Growing pot size: 19cm
Overall plant height, including growing pot: 45-55 cm
Key Benefits — Purifying and humidifying
The Philodendron Squamiferum absorbs impurities from the air as part of its photosynthesis, so it’s a great air purifier.
Keep your Philodendron Squamiferum misted regularly and, it can help increase the humidity of a room by 15%.
If you have someone at home struggling with asthma, this plant can really help!
Plant Care Tips: Philodendron Squamiferum
- Being a native of rainforests, it doesn’t cope well with direct sunlight as this is blocked by canopies in these habitats. Make sure your plant is placed somewhere with medium to bright sunlight.
- Make sure the top few inches of the soil is dry between waterings. Water it once every week during the growing season and less during the colder months.
- This Philodendron will also appreciate a dash of fertiliser in the water during the growing season.
- The Squaniferum loves humid environments, if the conditions in your home aren’t ideal, a humidifier helps. You can also group houseplants together to create the perfect atmosphere.
- Keep in a well-heated room during the winter as the plant does not like the cold weather.
- Its roots were made for gripping so it doesn’t do well in dense soil. The perfect mixture would include a moisture-retaining ingredient like sphagnum moss or coco coir with perlite to allow water-flow
- If you notice that the plant is starting to dry out quicker than usual, it’s a sign that it may need to be repotted. The new container needs to offer good drainage.
- Philodendron Squamiferum are slow growers and don’t need constant pruning unless you want to control its size.
The Philodendron SquamiferumStory
In Greek, Philo means ‘love’ and Dendron means ‘tree’. The name was chosen in 1829 because they are ‘tree huggers’
Although its appearance is similar to Monstera deliciosas it’s easy to tell them apart. Philodendron Squamiferums’ stems are covered in fuzzy red hairs.
Where is it From?
Their natural habitat is the rainforests of South America, especially French Guiana, Suriname and Brazil.
Good For You!
- Air-Purifying: As part of its photosynthesis, it filters impurities from the air
- Transpiring: Being from tropical rainforests, this Philodendron is adapted to humid conditions. Indoors, as it transpires, it acts as an air humidifier.
Is The Philodendron Squamiferum The Right Plant For Me?
Easy to care for, this is a great plant to display in any room.
As long as you try to replicate its natural environment as much as possible, maintaining the air and soil moisture they will grow healthy and vibrant!
Is it toxic? It’s toxic if ingested. Keep away from nibbly pets and curious children.
How tall does it grow?
As an aroid epiphyte, it has the ability to reach impressive heights. Even a single leaf on a mature plant can reach 18” in length.
Tropic like it’s hot! A beautiful plant that will add a summer feel to any room in your home! Get your Philodendron Squamiferum now!