How to grow and care for Anthurium villenaorum Indoors

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Anthurium villenaorum

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Botanical name: Anthurium villenaorum
Family: Araceae

Anthurium villenaorum Description

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 in Anthurium villenaorum vary in shades of light and dark green with prominent venation throughout the leaf.

Anthurium villenaorum Size

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 Origin

Anthurium villenaorum is native to Peru and Ecuador where it grows on trees in its natural habitat.

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Anthurium villenaorum Care Indoors

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

Anthurium villenaorum Light Requirements

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

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

How to water Anthurium villenaorum

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. 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 villenaorum.


Temperature for Anthurium villenaorum

Anthurium villenaorum requires an average warmth with a minimum of 160C inorder 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 villenaorum

Anthurium villenaorum requires high humidity to thrive. Raise humidity for your Anthurium villenaorum 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 villenaorum 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 villenaorum Fertlizer (Feeding)

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 in the soil for your Anthurium villenaorum 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.

How to repot Anthurium villenaorum

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.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot.

Soil for Anthurium villenaorum

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 for Anthurium villenaorum. Buy quality Aroids Potting Soil for your Anthurium villenaorum from Etsy.

How to Prune Anthurium villenaorum

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

Anthurium villenaorum Propagation

Anthurium villenaorum can be propagated during the growing season from from splits by plant division. Following is a detailed outline on Anthurium villenaorum propagation by plant division.

How to propagate Anthurium villenaorum by plant division

Water the Anthurium villenaorum 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 villenaorum 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 villenaorum section.

Place the Anthurium villenaorum 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 villenaorum

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Anthurium villenaorum Problems Indoors

Anthurium villenaorum problems indoors are brought about 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 villenaorum brown leaf tips

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

The second reason for brown leaf tips in your 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).

Anthurium villenaorum yellow leaves

There are two causes of yellow leaves in your Anthurium villenaorum.One cause of yellow leaves in your 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.

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

Anthurium villenaorum brown leaf spots

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

Anthurium villenaorum drooping leaves and stems

There are four causes of drooping leaves and stems in Anthurium villenaorum. One cause of drooping leaves in your Anthurium villenaorum is low humidity.

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

The second cause of drooping leaves and stems in your 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. Read more on how to water houseplants.

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

Anthurium villenaorum Pests

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.

Anthurium villenaorum Diseases

Anthurium villenaorum 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 villenaorum toxic?

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

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

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

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