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Botanical name: Anthurium brownii
Anthurium brownii is an easy to grow Anthurium whose large, curly, ribbed, yellow-veined, heart-shaped leaves stand out and feel like a fiddle leaf fig in texture.
Anthurium brownii blooms and fruits year round, the blooms comprise of a long protruding spadix covered in spirals of tiny flowers, and the spathe hangs down below the spadix.
Anthurium brownii grows to a height of about 2-3 ft.
The Anthurium brownii is reknowned for its indoor air cleaning properties. The large leaf surface area is perfect for absorption of VOCs from the air.
Anthurium brownii is native to the tropical regions from Costa Rica to Columbia.
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Anthurium brownii grows best under bright, indirect light and consistently moist soil. It requires average warmth and humid conditions inorder to thrive.
The best soil for growing Anthurium brownii should be free-draining and rich in organic matter. Continue reading for a detail account on the best growing conditions for Anthurium brownii.
Anthurium brownii grows best in bright, indirect light. A curtain-filtered sunny window is perfect. It can also grow under a grow light.
Protect your Anthurium brownii from direct sunlight to avoid scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Water Anthurium brownii liberally and keep the soil moist at all times during the growing season but reduce watering in the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist. Read more on how to water houseplants.
Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of your Anthurium brownii.
Anthurium brownii requires an average warmth with a minimum of 160C inorder to thrive.
Protect it from cold draughts to avoid sudden changes in temperature. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.
Anthurium brownii requires high humidity. To raise humidity for your Anthurium brownii, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
Clean the leaves of your Anthurium brownii by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and reduce pest infestations. Read more on how to clean houseplants.
Do not leave water drops on the leaves as it may cause fungal infestations.
Feed your Anthurium brownii every 4 weeks during the growing period with a balanced, liquid fertilizer. Withhold feeding in the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time can lead to fertilizer burn.
Regularly flush out accumulated salts in the soil for your Anthurium brownii by running a stream of water through the soil until the water comes out through the drainage hole. Allow it to run for a few minutes and repeat the process several times. Read more on how to feed houseplants.
Repot your Anthurium brownii every 2 years at the beginning of the growing season. Use a pot one-size larger and free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.
Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.
The best soil for Anthurium brownii should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.
Most potting mixes designed for aroids are ideal for Anthurium brownii. Buy quality Aroids Potting Soil for your Anthurium brownii from Etsy.
Pruning your Anthurium brownii is easy. Remove yellow and dead leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy.
Cut the leaves at the base of the stem with a sharp sterlized knife or scissors to avoid unnecessary injuries which can lead to disease infestations.
Cut away any dead and wayward leaves in your Anthurium brownii to maintain the shape of your plant. Read more on how to prune houseplants.
Anthurium brownii can be propagated during the growing season from from splits by plant division.
Water the Anthurium brownii thoroughly at least 1 day before to make it easier to divide and also hasten establishment. A well hydrated plant suffers less shock and takes a shorter time to take root.
Take out the Anthurium brownii from its pot and carefully divide it into sections by pulling apart the roots. Ensure each section has adequate roots to hasten establishment.
Select a 6 or 8 in. pot and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.
Fill the pot with loose, free-draining potting mix and make a hole in the center of the pot. Ensure that the hole is slightly wider than the root base of the Anthurium brownii section.
Place the Anthurium brownii section in the previously made hole and lightly firm the soil around the base while taking care not to bury it too deep; maintain the section at the same soil level it was in the previous pot.
Water the soil thoroughly and place the set up in a well-lit, warm place until the new plant is well established after which you can begin routine care.
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Anthurium brownii problems indoors are caused by cultural faults. These problems include; brown leaf tips, yellow leaves, leaf spots, drooping leaves, pests and diseases among others. Read on for more on these problems, their remedies and solutions.
There are two possible reasons for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium brownii. One possible reason for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium brownii is that the air is too dry especially where the room temperature is too high.
Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Anthurium brownii or place it in the bathroom or other moist areas in the home. A cool mist humidifier is also an ideal option. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
The second possible reason for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium brownii is soggy soil. Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining (drains easily).
There are two possible causes of yellow leaves in your Anthurium brownii. One possible cause of yellow leaves in your Anthurium brownii is soggy soil.
Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining.
The second possible cause of yellow leaves in your Anthurium brownii is cold draughts (cold air). Protect your Anthurium brownii from cold draughts or place it away from windy doors and windows.
The brown leaf spots are sunburn marks caused by exposure of your Anthurium brownii to direct sunlight. Move your Anthurium brownii to a shaded place or use a curtain to filter the light.
There are four possible causes of drooping leaves and stems in your Anthurium brownii. One possible cause of drooping leaves in your Anthurium brownii is low humidity.
Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Anthurium brownii or place it in the bathroom or other moist areas in the home. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
The second possible cause of drooping leaves and stems in your Anthurium brownii is incorrect watering; either underwatering or overwatering.
Maintain the soil moist at all times during the growing season and never allow the soil ball to dry out completely. Read more on how to water houseplants.
The third possible cause of drooping leaves and stems in your Anthurium brownii is too high temperature due to exposure to direct sunlight. Protect your plant from direct sunlight by filtering the light with a sheer curtain.
The fourth possible cause of drooping leaves and stems in your Anthurium brownii is pests and diseases infestation. Regularly inspect your plant and take timely control measures for these pests (see below).
Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.
Anthurium brownii is prone to Root-rot Disease which is more prevalent in soggy soil.
To prevent root-rot disease, maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining (drains easily).
Anthurium brownii like other Anthuriums is toxic to both humans and pets.
Anthuriums contain oxalate crystals which can cause digestive distress, breathing problems and skin irritation.
Always wear gloves when handling your Anthurium brownii and wash your hands thereafter.