Plant Care – Philodendron Squamiferum ‘Red Wonder’
Light: Like other aroids, Philodendron squamiferum ‘Red Wonder’ 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 squamiferum 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:Because Philodendron squamiferum is naturally an epiphyte, its roots were made for gripping. The species won’t like being suffocated in dense media like pure potting soil: you’ll need something much lighter and coarser. A nice mixture for a Philodendron squamiferum 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 Facts about the Philodendron Squamiferum ‘Red Wonder’: Philodendron squamiferum is somewhat similar in appearance to its cousins Monstera deliciosa as well as Philodendron bipennifolium and pedatum, with a climbing growth habit and lobed leaves.
Grow it up a Trellis structure and spray regularly to create humidity. Water freely when in full growth and add a monthly liquid feed while planted in a soil mix with good drainage.
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