Philodendron Squamiferum is one of the most commonly available philodendron species, originating from the rainforest habitat in French Guyana and Brazil. Although he might not be straightforward to find in a shop, it's definitely worth the detective work involved. Plus, It's easy to grow, so once you've got your hands on one, caring for it, it's a breeze.
He has a climbing growth habit and lobed glossy green leaves. There's no way to confuse a squamiferum with other tropical aroids if you look closely enough. It has a very distinctive trademark: its stem is covered in fuzzy red hairs, botanically known as pubescence.
Even if Philodendron squamiferum might not be too large when you buy it, it's an epiphyte aroid with the ability to reach impressive heights. Even a single leaf on a mature plant can reach up to 50 cm in length. Naturally attaches itself to trees in the rainforest, creeping upwards towards the light, vining its way up onto very high trees.
If its size made you doubt you can fit one in your collection, don't worry - it has a relatively modest growth rate.
He needs medium to bright indirect light. Too little light will lead to a lack of new growth. Philodendron squamiferum is a bit more sensitive to overwatering than many other aroids, and it doesn't like its soil constantly moist. Instead, it's best to let the topsoil dry out a bit before watering again.
The rainforests that Philodendron squamiferum naturally grows in are warm and humid so that he won't tolerate well lower temperatures and dry air.
Because Philodendron squamiferum is naturally an epiphyte, its roots grow for gripping. He won't like to live in dense media like pure potting soil; you'll need something much lighter and coarser. A good soil mixture for a philodendron squamiferum contains a moisture-retaining element (sphagnum moss or coco coir) and bits with larger particle size to allow drainage for the excess water.