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Botanical name: Anthurium villenaorum
Anthurium villenaorum is a popular foliage Anthurium with a compact growth and is considered one of the easiest of the Velvet Leaf Anthuriums which can bloom upto five times a year.
The spectacular teardrop shaped leaves vary in shades of light and dark green with prominent venation throughout the leaf.
The Anthurium villenaorum is a slow-grower but it can grow to a height of 1.8 M and a width of 1.5 M. The leaves can grow to about 29 in. in width.
Anthurium villenaorum is native to Peru and Ecuador where it grows on trees in its natural habitat.
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Anthurium villenaorum thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.
Anthurium villenaorum requires pruning to keep it neat and also reduce pest and disease infestations. Repotting is only needed when it becomes pot-bound. Keep reading for more on these growing conditions and how to achieve them.
Anthurium villenaorum grows best in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight to avoid scorching the leaves.
Rotate the pot regularly to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for uniform growth.
Anthurium villenaorum can also grow under a grow light if the natural lighting is not adequate.
Water Anthurium villenaorum thoroughly and keep the soil moist at all times during the growing season.
Reduce watering in the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist but do not let the soil dry out completely.
Make sure 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 Anthurium villenaorum.
Anthurium villenaorum requires an average warmth with a minimum of 160C inorder to thrive.
Keep the plant away from cold draughts to avoid sudden changes in temperature which can cause reduced growth.
Anthurium villenaorum requires high humidity to thrive. Increase humidity 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 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.
Feed Anthurium villenaorum 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 from 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 villenaorum 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.
Ascertain that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot and death of the plant.
The best soil for Anthurium villenaorum 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. Buy quality Aroids Potting Soil for Anthurium villenaorum online from Etsy.
Pruning Anthurium villenaorum is easy. Remove yellow and dead leaves to maintain the plant neat and also discourage 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. Cut away any dead and wayward leaves to maintain the shape of the plant.
Anthurium villenaorum can be propagated during the growing season from from splits by plant division.
Thoroughly water the Anthurium villenaorum at least one day before to make it easier to divide and also hasten establishment as well as reduce shock.
Take the Anthurium villenaorum 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 Anthurium villenaorum is well established after which you can begin routine care.
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Anthurium villenaorum problems indoors include yellow leaves, brown leaf tips, leaf spots, drooping leaves, pests and diseases among others. Read on for more on these problems, their remedies and solutions.
There are two causes of yellow leaves in Anthurium villenaorum.One cause of yellow leaves is soggy soil.
Keep 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 Anthurium villenaorum is cold draughts (cold air). Keep it away from cold draughts or place it away from windy doors and windows.
Two reasons are responsible for brown leaf tips in Anthurium villenaorum. One reason for brown leaf tips is that the air is too dry.
Set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to up the humidity.
The second reason for brown leaf tips in Anthurium villenaorum 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).
The brown leaf spots are sunburn marks caused by exposure of Anthurium villenaorum to direct sunlight. Move the plant to a shaded place or use a curtain to filter the light.
There are four causes of drooping leaves and stems in Anthurium villenaorum. One cause of drooping leaves is low humidity.
To up humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
The second cause of drooping leaves and stems in Anthurium villenaorum 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 cause of drooping leaves and stems in Anthurium villenaorum 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 cause of drooping leaves and stems in Anthurium villenaorum is pests and diseases infestation.
Regularly inspect the plant and take timely control measures for these pests (see below).
The common pests in Anthurium villenaorum are Spider Mites, Aphids and Fungus Gnats. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests. Read on how to identify and get rid of pests in houseplants.
Anthurium villenaorum is prone to root-rot disease which is more prevalent in soggy soil brought about by poor drained soil.
Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining. Read on how to treat root-rot disease in houseplants.
Anthurium villenaorum 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 villenaorum and wash your hands thereafter.