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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 thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.
Anthurium brownii requires pruning to keep it neat and tidy as well as minimize pest and disease infestations. Repotting is only ncessary when the plant becomes pot-bound. Keep reading for more on the best growing conditions and how to provide them.
Anthurium brownii grows best in bright, indirect light. A curtain-filtered sunny window is perfect for this plant.
Keep it away from direct sunlight to avoid scorching of the leaves and rotate the pot regularly to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for even growth.
Where the natural lighting is not adequate, consider investing in a grow light to supplement it inorder to promote a lush growth.
Water Anthurium brownii liberally during the growing season while allowing the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings and keep soil consistently moist.
Decrease watering in the cold season as growth is reduce to maintain the soil slightly moist but do not let the soil dry out completely.
Use tepid, chlorine-free water as the plant is sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals dissolved in water. Avoid wetting the foliage as it can lead to fungal diseases.
Ascertain 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 the plant.
Anthurium brownii requires an average warmth with a minimum of 160C inorder to thrive. Keep it away from cold draughts to avoid sudden changes in temperature.
Anthurium brownii requires high humidity. To raise humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
Clean the leaves by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and reduce pest infestations. Avoid leaving water drops on the leaves as it may cause fungal infestations.
Feed 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 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.
Repot 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 and eventual death of the plant.
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 this plant. Buy quality Aroids Potting Soil for Anthurium brownii online from Etsy.
Pruning Anthurium brownii is easy. Remove yellow and dead leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy as well as minimize pest and disease infestations.
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.
Remove any dead and wayward leaves to maintain the shape of the plant.
Anthurium brownii can be propagated during the growing season from from splits by plant division.
Water the Anthurium brownii thoroughly at least one 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 the plant out of 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 section.
Place the 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 drooping leaves, yellow leaves, brown leaf tips, leaf spots, pests and diseases among others. Keep reading for more on these problems, their remedies and solutions.
There are two possible causes of yellow leaves in Anthurium brownii. One possible cause 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 Anthurium brownii is cold draughts (cold air). Protect the plant from cold draughts or place it away from windy doors and windows.
There are two possible reasons for brown leaf tips in Anthurium brownii. One possible reason is that the air is too dry especially where the room temperature is too high.
To increase humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or place it in the bathroom or other moist areas in the home. You can also use a cool mist humidifier to increase humidity.
The second possible reason for brown leaf tips in 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 four possible causes of drooping leaves and stems in Anthurium brownii. One possible cause of drooping leaves is low humidity.
Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity or place it in the bathroom or other moist areas in the home. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
The second possible cause of drooping leaves and stems in 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.
The third possible cause of drooping leaves and stems in Anthurium brownii is too high temperature due to exposure to direct sunlight. Protect the plant from direct sunlight by filtering the light with a sheer curtain.
The fourth possible cause of drooping leaves and stems in Anthurium brownii is pests and diseases infestation. Regularly inspect your plant and take timely control measures for these pests (see below).
The common pests in Anthurium brownii are Aphids, Spider Mites and Fungus Gnats. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it with Neem oil or Insecticidal soap to get rid of the pests.
The brown leaf spots are sunburn marks caused by exposure of the Anthurium brownii to direct sunlight. Move the plant to a shaded place or use a curtain to filter the light.
Anthurium brownii is prone to root-rot disease which is promoted by soggy soil brought about by poor soil drainage.
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). Read on how to treat root-rot disease in houseplants.
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 Anthurium brownii and wash your hands thereafter.