Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole is very popular Aroid with extraordinary, red petioles which feature hard tubercles that make them appear fuzzy. Leaves are round and leathery, and emerge in a deep pink, then fade to green as they mature. This easy-going, fun houseplant is a must-have for every Philodendron lover!
Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole is a relatively newly-discovered variety with no official name, so it got its common name from its hairy leaf stalks. The contrast between the green of the leaf and the red petiole is stunning. This makes this species a wonderful addition to any collection!
This Philodendron is a very easy-going and very rewarding houseplant for both beginners and more seasoned plant parents! It is very adaptive to different conditions, so it makes for the perfect choice for a corner with low light. This plant will also forgive you if you forget to water it sometimes.
Light: Like other aroids, Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole naturally attaches itself to trees in the rainforest, creeping upwards towards the light. Direct sun is blocked out by the canopies in these habitats, meaning the species has not evolved to withstand direct sun. The above doesn’t mean this is a plant that can grow in a dark room. It should still receive medium to bright indirect light. Too little light will lead to lack of new growth and can also cause problems with root rot if the soil stays wet for too long.
Water: Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole is a bit more sensitive to overwatering than many other aroids and it doesn’t like its soil constantly moist. Instead, you should let the top few inches dry out before watering again. Assuming your squamiferum is in a bright spot and grown in a loose soil medium as it should be, you’ll probably be watering around once every 6-7 days.
Soil:A nice mixture for a Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole 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).
Humidity Requirement: Medium to High Humidity. This is a jungle species so it does like things humid, although it has proven to be relatively resilient even if growing conditions aren’t ideal.
Fun fact about Philodendrons: In the Greek language ‘Philo’ means ‘love’ and ‘Dendron’ means ‘tree hugger’, describing the natural disposition of almost all Philodendrons to climb up trees.
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