How to grow and care for Anthurium forgetii Indoors

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Anthurium forgetii

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Botanical name: Anthurium forgetii
Family: Araceae

Anthurium forgetii Description

Anthurium forgetii is a popular houseplant on account of its spectacular round leaves that lack a sinus (upper lobes) and therefore, they can flexibly hang on their stems like teardrops.

The large dark-green leaves in Anthurium forgetii also have silver veining which makes the plant a beautiful sight to behold.

Anthurium forgetii may no be easy to grow under room conditions but when provided with the right growing conditions, it can last for many years.

Anthurium forgetii size

Anthurium forgetii is a small-sized, moderate grower which grows to a height of 4-5 ft and about 2 feet wide.

Anthurium forgetii Origin

Anthurium forgetii is native to Colombia and Ecuador. Anthurium forgetii is more of a terrestrial plant than an epiphyte.

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Anthurium forgetii

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Anthurium forgetii Care Indoors

Anthurium forgetii 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 forgetii should be free-draining and rich in organic matter. Continue reading for a detail account on the best growing conditions for Anthurium forgetii.

Anthurium forgetii Light Requirements

Anthurium forgetii grows best in bright, indirect light. A curtain-filtered sunny window is perfect. It can also grow under a grow light.

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

How to water Anthurium forgetii

Water Anthurium forgetii thoroughly 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 forgetii.


Temperature for Anthurium forgetii

Anthurium forgetii 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.

Humidity for Anthurium forgetii

Anthurium forgetii requires high humidity to thrive. Raise humidity for your Anthurium forgetii by setting 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 forgetii 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 forgetii

Feed Anthurium forgetii 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 forgetii 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.

Anthurium forgetii Repotting

Repot Anthurium forgetii 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.

Soil for Anthurium forgetii

The best soil for Anthurium forgetii 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 forgetii. Buy quality Aroids Potting Soil for your Anthurium forgetii from Etsy.

Anthurium forgetii Pruning

Pruning Anthurium forgetii 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 forgetii to maintain the shape of your plant. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

How to propagate Anthurium forgetii

Anthurium forgetii propagation can be done during the growing season from splits by plant division. Below is an outline on Anthurium forgetii propagation by plant division.

How to propagate Anthurium forgetii by plant division

Water the Anthurium forgetii 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 forgetii 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 forgetii section.

Place the Anthurium forgetii 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.

Anthurium forgetii

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Anthurium forgetii Problems Indoors

Anthurium forgetii 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.

Anthurium forgetii brown leaf tips

Two reasons are responsible for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium forgetii. One reason for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium forgetii is that the air is too dry.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to raise humidity for your Anthurium forgetii. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second reason for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium forgetii 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).

Anthurium forgetii yellow leaves

There are two causes of yellow leaves in your Anthurium forgetii. One cause of yellow leaves in your Anthurium forgetii 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 forgetii is cold draughts (cold air). Protect your Anthurium forgetii from cold draughts or place it away from windy doors and windows.

Anthurium forgetii brown leaf spots

The brown leaf spots are sunburn marks caused by exposure of your Anthurium forgetii to direct sunlight. Move your Anthurium forgetii to a shaded place or use a curtain to filter the light.

Anthurium forgetii drooping leaves and stems

There are four causes of drooping leaves and stems in your Anthurium forgetii. The first cause of drooping leaves in your Anthurium forgetii is low humidity.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to raise humidity for your Anthurium forgetii. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

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

Anthurium forgetii pests

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

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

Anthurium forgetii Diseases

Anthurium forgetii is prone to root-rot disease which is more prevalent in 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.

Is Anthurium forgetii toxic?

Anthurium forgetii like other Anthuriums is toxic to both humans and pets.

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

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

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