Philodendron sp."Fuzzy Petiole"
"Fuzzy Petiole" is a rare Philodendron in the hobby. This plant came in an import labeled Verrucosum, but obviously isn't. It is currently an unidentified species from Ecuador. It has amazing petioles that are covered in thick, fuzzy hairs, making this plant an extremely cool species to grow. The petioles are reddish in colour and covered in hairs giving them a fuzzy appearance - similar to Philodendron Squamiferum and Verrucosum which share this same fuzzy feature. New leaves emerge in shades of dark pink and turn green as they mature. We just love its big dramatic leaves and hairy leaf stalks. If you're a big Philodendron fan, you're going to love this fuzzy guy.
Light: We suggest growing this plant in bright indirect light. A south facing window would be best for this plant. Lower light environments will stunt growth and all new growth will grow in weaker than normal. We suggest keeping any direct sunlight to a minimum if at all.
Humidity: This Philodendron grows best in bright indirect light and high humidity above 60%. It is is native to the rainforest so it does enjoy higher levels of humidity. It will enjoy a good misting every so often. You can prune the Philodendron back if it's getting out of control. It can be easily propagated by stem cuttings. You want to wipe those big beautiful leaves down monthly to keep them shiny and to help with photosynthesis.
Temperature: Your plant will grow well in temperatures between 65-80 degrees during the day and above 55 degrees at night. Keep it away from drafts, especially during the winter months.
Food: Feed once a month during spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants. Feed every other month during the fall and winter.
Toxicity: Philodendron leaves are toxic to pets and humans.