Red Bristle Philodendron

£55.00

Philodendron squamiferum

*Rare plant alert* – if you’re serious about your weird and wonderful plants… everybody,  meet the Red Bristle Philodendron. What a character! This fast growing plant will climb or trail and clean your air (literally one Red Bristle will clean 10m2 of air!) all while looking beautiful. Characterised by it’s red hairy stems, this guy is a rare plant but very sort after. He comes on a bamboo frame to help him climb! 

(Philo is derived from the Greek meaning love and dendron meaning tree… Red Bristle Love Tree. What a babe.)

Pot size (cm): 19 cm

Height (cm): 50 cm

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Light

Bright indirect sunlight will keep your Red Bristle happy. He will not do well in bright afternoon soon so be mindful of that when you’re figuring out his home. 

Water

Wait until the top 3cm of soil are dry before giving him a good drink. Water less frequently during the winter months. 

Humidity

Being a South American rainforest native this guy likes it moist. Get yourself a mister and go wild, don’t mist his leaves directly just the air around him. He also wouldn’t mind hanging out in your bathroom or kitchen.

Temperature

He’s a jungle baby so this means your Red Bristle will like it warm. Somewhere between 16 – 24 degrees and he’ll be ship shape. 

Food 

Your Red Bristle needs no extra food, you can feed him sparingly with very watered down fertiliser if you wish but he shouldn’t need it. 

Toxicity 

This bristly chap is toxic if ingested so keep away from any nibblers.

Dimensions 19 × 50 cm

HELP! There’s something wrong with my Red Bristle!

If there are longer pieces of stalk between the leaves of your Red Bristle is looking a bit stretched out, he might need some more sunlight. Find a brighter spot for him. 

Yellow leaves. The older leaves of your Red Bristle will yellow naturally but if there are lots of yellow leaves at the same time this could indicate that he’s been in too much sun. See if you can find the balance of bright but indirect sun. 

Brown leaf tips is your Red Bristle telling you he is thirsty, give him a good watering and try to sort out some humidity for him too. 

Droopy leaves can mean one of two things. Too much or too little water. Investigate your pot and see what’s up. 

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