How to grow and care for Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) Indoors

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crystal Anthurium, Anthurium crystallinum

Botanical name: Anthurium crystallinum
Family: Araceae

Crystal Anthurium Description

Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) is one of the eye-catching foliage species of Anthuriums whose heart-shaped leaves are velvety on the surface and the leaf color changes from bronzy-purple to deep-green with age.

The foliage in Crystal Anthurium hangs vertically, displaying the prominent silvery veins. Under good light, the silvery veins reflect light like crystals and hence the name "Crystal Anthurium".

It may not be easy to grow under room conditions but with proper care it can last for many years.

Crystal Anthurium Flower

The inflorescences Crystal Anthurium are green spathes with a pale-green spandix. This plant flowers through out the year.

Crystal Anthurium Origin

Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) is native to the tropical regions of Panama to Peru where it grows as an epiphyte on trees.

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Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) Care Indoors

Crystal Anthurium Light Requirements

Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) grows best in bright, indirect light. A curtain-filtered sunny window is perfect.

Protect your Crystal Anthurium from direct sunlight to avoid scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Crystal Anthurium

Water Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) thoroughly and keep 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.

Avoid keeping the soil soggy as it may lead to root-rot and eventual death of your Crystal Anthurium.


Temperature for Crystal Anthurium

Average warmth with a minimum of 160C is ideal for Crystal Anthurium.

Protect Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) from cold draughts to prevent sudden changes in tempearture. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Crystal Anthurium

Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) requires high humidity inorder to thrive. Raise humidity for your Crystal Anthurium by setting the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Clean the leaves of your Crystal Anthurium by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Do not leave water drops on the leaves as it may cause fungal diseases infestations.

Crystal Anthurium Fertlizer (Feeding)

Feed Cyrstal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) every 3-4 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 of your Crystal Anthurium 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.

Crystal Anthurium Repotting

Repot Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) 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 drainage holes to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.

Soil for Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum)

The best soil for Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) 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 Crystal Anthurium.

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Crystal Anthurium Pruning

Pruning Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) 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 wayward leaves in your Crystal Anthurium to maintain the shape of your plant. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) Propagation

Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) propagation can be done during the growing season from from splits.

How to propagate Crystal Anthurium from splits

Divide the mother Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) plant into several sections while ensuring each divison has some roots.

Pot up the Crystal Anthurium splits in moist, free-draining soil in individual pots and ensure that each pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Ensure the crown of the plant is above the soil level to avoid rotting.

Place the set up in a warm, shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges.

Allow the new Crystal Anthurium plants to be well established before transplanting after which routine care can begin.

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Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) Problems Indoors

Crystal Anthurium brown leaf tips

Two reasons are responsible for brown leaf tips in your Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum).

One reason for brown leaf tips in your Crystal Anthurium is that the air is too dry.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Crystal Anthurium. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second reason for brown leaf tips in your Crystal Anthurium is soggy soil.

Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining (drains easily).

Crystal Anthurium yellow leaves

There are two causes of yellow leaves in your Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum).

One cause of yellow leaves in your Crystal Anthurium is soggy soil. Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining.

The second cause of yellow leaves in your Crystal Anthurium is cold draughts (cold air). Protect your Crystal Anthurium from cold draughts or place it away from windy doors and windows.

Crystal Anthurium brown leaf spots

The brown leaf spots are sunburn marks caused by exposure of your Crystal Anthurium to direct sunlight.

Move your Crystal Anthurium to a shaded place or use a curtain to filter the light.

Crystal Anthurium drooping leaves and stems

There are four causes of drooping leaves and stems in Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum).

One cause of drooping leaves in your Crystal Anthurium is low humidity.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Crystal Anthurium. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second cause of drooping leaves and stems in your Crystal Anthurium 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 Crystal Anthurium 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 Crystal Anthurium is pests and diseases infestation.

Regularly inspect your plant and take control measures for these pests (see below).

Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) Pests

The common pests in Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) are Spider Mites, Aphids and Fungus Gnats.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) Diseases

Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) 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).

Is Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) toxic?

Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum) like other Anthuriums is toxic to both humans and pets.

Crystal Anthurium contains oxalate crystals which can cause digestive distress, breathing problems and skin irritation.

Always wear gloves when handling your Crystal Anthurium and wash your hands thereafter.

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