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Philodendron squamiferum

Pronunciation: Fil-oh-den-dron skwa-mee-fer-um
Family: Araceae
Common Name: Philodendron squamiferum
Plant Type:
  • epiphyte, terrestrial
  • vines and climbers
  • perennial
Height to: 10'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
  • 60 to 50ºF ZONE 12
  • 70 to 60ºF ZONE 13
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
Bloom Description: Philodendron squamiferum produce inflorescences, consisting of tiny, petalless, flowers that are born on spadices and enclosed by spathes. They are produced intermittently
Soil Type: Under glass, grow in soilless potting mix. Outdoors, grow in fertile, humus rich, moist but well drained soil
  • Skin irritant
  • Yes
Plant Perks:
  • Suitable for Houseplant
  • Container Gardening
Pests and Diseases: Watch for aphids, prone to spider mites, mealy bugs and thrips.
Propagation: Surface philodendron squamiferum sow seed at 66-75f in spring. Take stem-tip or leaf bud cuttings in summer. Layer or air layer in spring.
Native to: Known to exist in the rain forests of french guiana, suriname, brazil, ecuador, colombia, venezuela, and peru
Winter Sowing Zones: None
Notes for Identification: Philodendron squamiferum is a self heading philodendron with long red bristled petioles and deeply 5 lobed medium green leaves up to 18" long. The bristles turn red as the leaf ages. Bristles are soft non spiny. Likes part sun to shade, let dry between waterings, min. Temp 55 degrees. Easy care houseplant. Known to be an epiphytic vine and grows well up into the jungle trees
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
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