How to grow and care for Anthurium brownii Indoors

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Houseplant, Anthurium brownii

Botanical name: Anthurium brownii
Family: Araceae

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.

The Best Indoor Growing Conditions for Anthurium brownii

Light for Anthurium brownii

Anthurium brownii prefers bright, indirect light. A curtain-filtered sunny window is perfect. Protect your Anthurium brownii from direct sunlight to avoid scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Anthurium brownii

Keep the soil moist at all times for your Anthurium brownii during the growing season but reduce watering in the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist.

Avoid keeping the soil soggy as it may lead to the root-rot and eventual death of your Anthurium brownii. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Anthurium brownii

Average warmth with a minimum of 160C is ideal for your Anthurium brownii. Protect it from cold draughts to avoid sudden changes in temperature. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Anthurium brownii

Anthurium brownii requires high humidity. Raise humidity for your Anthurium brownii by setting the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out this 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. Do not leave water drops on the leaves as it may cause fungal infestations. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertlizer (Feeding) for Anthurium brownii

Feed your Anthurium brownii every 4 weeks during the growing period with a balanced water-soluble 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 several times. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Anthurium brownii

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.

How to Prune Anthurium brownii

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.

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.

How to Propagate Anthurium brownii (Anthurium brownii)

Anthurium brownii can be propagated during the growing season from from splits.

How to propagate Anthurium brownii from splits

Divide the mother Anthurium brownii plant into several sections while ensuring each divison has some roots.

Pot the Anthurium brownii splits in moist soil in individual pots. Place the set up in a cool place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges.

Ensure the crown of the plant is above the soil level to avoid rotting. Allow the new Anthurium brownii plants to be well established before transplanting.

Common Problems in Growing Anthurium brownii (Anthurium brownii)

Why does my Anthurium brownii have brown leaf tips?

Two reasons are responsible for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium brownii.

One reason for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium brownii is that the air is too dry. Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Anthurium brownii. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second 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).

Why does my Anthurium brownii have yellow leaves?

There are two causes of yellow leaves in your Anthurium brownii.

One 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 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.

Why does my Anthurium brownii have brown leaf spots?

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.

Why does my Anthurium brownii have drooping leaves and stems?

There are four causes of drooping leaves and stems in your Anthurium brownii.

The first 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. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second 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 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 cause of drooping leaves and stems in your Anthurium brownii is pests and diseases infestation. Inspect your plant and take control measures for these pests (see below).

Which are the common pests in Anthurium brownii?

The common pests in Anthurium brownii are Spider Mites, Aphids and Fungus Gnats.

Which plant diseases attack Anthurium brownii?

Anthurium brownii is prone to Root-rot Disease which is more prevalent in soggy soil.

Is Anthurium brownii (Anthurium brownii) toxic?

Anthurium brownii (Anthurium brownii) is toxic to both humans and pets.

Anthurium brownii contains 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.

Other related Anthurium Species for Growing Indoors

  1. Anthurium andraeanum (Laceleaf Anthurium)
  2. Anthurium scherzerianum (Flamingo Flower)
  3. Anthurium crystallinum (Crystal Anthurium)
  4. Anthurium luxurians (Anthurium luxurians)
  5. Anthurium vittariifolium (Strap Leaf Anthurium)
  6. Anthurium metallicum (Anthurium metallicum)
  7. Anthurium radicans (Anthurium radicans)
  8. Anthurium forgetii (Anthurium forgetii)
  9. Anthurium villenaorum (Anthurium villenaorum)

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