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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anthurium brownii can be propagated during the growing season from 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.
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).
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.
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 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).
Anthurium brownii is prone to Root-rot Disease which is more prevalent in soggy soil.
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.