Philodendron squamiferum

Philodendron squamiferum

Hairy Philodendron, Red Bristled Philodendron

Philodendron squamiferum differs from other Philodendron species in that its leaf stalks are covered with yellow-red bristles. It grows climbing, the shoots can reach several meters in length and even the leaves are not small with up to 50 centimeters in length.

The Red Bristled Philodendron is native to South America (Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname).

Red Bristled Philodendron



Bright locations without sun as well as partly sunny to semi-shady locations are suitable. Philodendron squamiferum tolerates morning sun, late evening sun and winter sun. It can handle the hot summer sun if the pot is placed at least one meter behind the window.

Philodendron squamiferum bristles
The leaf stalks of Philodendron squamiferum are covered with aparent bristles.


Regular mixes for houseplants, container plants, herbs or vegetables can be used.


The root ball may dry out to about 70% of its height between waterings. It should not dry out for days or be submerged in water. There is no harm in leaving water in the saucer for a few hours after watering.

Hairy Philodendron


Liquid fertilizer can be applied every four to eight weeks from spring through fall. Sticks, granules or pellets can be added to the soil in the spring and summer.


According to its tropical origin, Philodendron squamiferum likes warm temperatures all year round. The minimum temperature is 59 °C (15 °C), but lower temperatures are tolerated for short periods.


The Hairy Philodendron does well with humidity levels of 40% to 60%.


Occasional spraying or showering will remove dust from the leaves. However, this is difficult or impossible with large plants without damaging them. They can be cleaned with a soft feather duster.

Philodendron squamiferum dormant eye
Each cutting should have at least one dormant eye. The new shoots will grow from this “bud”.


Propagation by cuttings is possible. Tips or parts of shoots with only one leaf can be used.

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