Philodendron gualeanum – Indoor Plants

Philodendron gualeanum is a gorgeous, ornamental house plant. The leaves are petioles subterete, emarginate, covered with very numerous transverse squamules towards the top, spreading or deflexed. The leaf blade is thinly coriaceous, rounded-cordate-ovate, and almost equally wide, posterior lobes semiovate, introrse, sometimes overlapping, anterior lobes two times as long as posterior lobes, primary lateral veins nine to ten radiating from the base on both sides, three to four ascending from the midrib, strongly prominent below. Secondary lateral veins and slender veinlets between veins transverse, prominulous.The stems are Stem covered with numerous dense transverse squamiform verrucae, internodes 3-4 cm long, 2-2.5 cm thick.

According to the NASA Clean Air Study, the Philodendron filters indoor air pollution, particularly formaldehyde. It is toxic to dogs, cats. So keep it away from your pets and children.

Scientific classification:

Family: Araceae
Genus: Philodendron
Species: P. gualeanum
Scientific Name:  Philodendron gualeanum Engl.

How to grow and maintain Philodendron gualeanum


It thrives best in bright indirect sunlight. Never put your philodendron plant in direct sun. Also, it can survive in low light conditions.


It grows well in well-drained sandy soil. A mix of 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite and maybe a bit of added sand is a good choice.


It requires a minimum temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees Fahrenheit / 24 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius during the daytime and above 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13ºC) at night.


Water regularly, during spring through fall. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Keep soil moist but not soggy. During the winter season, reduce watering and only water the plant when the top inch of soil dries out between each watering.


Fertilize monthly spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.


Philodendron gualeanum can be easily propagated from stem-cutting. Take stem cuttings in spring or early summer. It roots easily when the stem placed in water or moist soil.


Tolerant of dry air, but likes humidity. Mist foliage occasionally. Brown leaf tips are a side effect of dry air.

Pests and Diseases

It has no serious pest or disease problems. The plant may be attacked by pests such as scale insects.

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