Keep her soil moist (not soggy) and you’ll keep her happy. Check her weekly and water if the top inch of soil is dry.
She can live happily in light shade, but her ideal is bright, filtered light. She finds direct sun a bit much.
She’s a rainforest native, so used to humid air. Recreate that by misting her regularly or putting her in a bathroom.
Although she’s sold as a pot plant, Gilly also works beautifully as a hanging plant.
Hairy philodendron; Fuzzy philodendron
Toxic if ingested
Nursery pot size
About Philodendron squamiferum
In the rainforests of South America, Philodendron squamiferum can be found climbing high up the trunks of enormous trees. It’s an epiphyte, which means a plant that grows on other plants. It never touches the ground, just keeps on winding higher.
Its leaves can grow up to 25-30cm long, in an unusual, almost violin shape. Most eye-catching are its red, fuzzy stems. It’s not entirely known why they’re covered in little red hairs, but they certainly look extraordinary. Philodendron squamiferm was a popular houseplant in the 1960s and 70s, but fell out of fashion and became very rare for decades. We think it’s highly deserving of a comeback.
In the home, it likes to be moist but not soggy. It can live very well in fairly low light (in the rainforest it’s used to only an hour or so of light per day) and is brilliant for year round colour. Welcome back, Philodendron squamiferm.
Did you know?
Those red stems can also sometimes be a quieter green, presumably in quite shy plants.
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