How to grow and care for Anthurium metallicum Indoors

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Anthurium metallicum

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Botanical name: Anthurium metallicum
Family: Araceae

Anthurium metallicum Description

Anthurium metallicum is a unique foliage Anthurium which is a popular houseplant on account of its large, velvety, dark-green leaves with distinct veining and a beautiful sheen.

Anthurium metallicum prefers temperatures on the cooler side for best growth with nighttime temperature drops and constant humidity.

Anthurium metallicum Size

Anthurium metallicum grows to a height of 2 M with a spread of 1.0 -1.5 M. The leaves can be over 4 feet long and they have a beautiful velvety sheen.

Anthurium metallicum Flower

The inflorescence is dark-pink to red and is about 15-20 cm long.

Anthurium metallicum Origin

Anthurium metallicum is native to Columbia where it is found growing erect or semi-erect in ravines or along the border of trails.

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Anthurium metallicum

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Anthurium metallicum Care Indoors

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

Anthurium metallicum Light Requirements

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

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

How to water Anthurium metallicum

Water Anthurium metallicum 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 metallicum.


Temperature for Anthurium metallicum

Anthurium metallicum requires an average room warmth with a minimum of 160C to thrive .

Protect the plant from cold draughts to avoid sudden changes in temperature. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Anthurium metallicum

Anthurium metallicum requires high humidity inorder to thrive. Raise humidity for Anthurium metallicum 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 metallicum 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.

Anthurium metallicum Fertlizer (Feeding)

Feed Anthurium metallicum 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 metallicum 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 metallicum Repotting

Repot your Anthurium metallicum 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 that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot.

Soil for Anthurium metallicum

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

How to Prune Anthurium metallicum

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

Anthurium metallicum Propagation

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

How to propagate Anthurium metallicum by plant divion

Water the Anthurium metallicum 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 metallicum 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 metallicum section.

Place the Anthurium metallicum 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 metallicum

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Anthurium metallicum Problems Indoors

Anthurium metallicum 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 metallicum brown leaf tips

Two reasons are responsible for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium metallicum. One reason for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium metallicum 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 metallicum. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second reason for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium metallicum 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 metallicum yellow leaves

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

Anthurium metallicum brown leaf spots

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

Anthurium metallicum drooping leaves and stems

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

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

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

Anthurium metallicum pests

The common pests in Anthurium metallicum 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 metallicum diseases

Anthurium metallicum 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 metallicum toxic?

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

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

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

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