How to grow and care for Anthurium villenaorum Indoors

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Houseplant, Anthurium villenaorum

Botanical name: Anthurium villenaorum
Family: Araceae

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.

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.

The Best Indoor Growing Conditions for Anthurium villenaorum

Light for Anthurium villenaorum

Anthurium villenaorum prefers bright, indirect light. A curtain-filtered sunny window is perfect. 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

Keep the soil moist at all times for your Anthurium villenaorum during the growing season but reduce watering in the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist.

Avoid keeping the soil soggy as it may lead to the root-rot and eventual death of your Anthurium villenaorum. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Anthurium villenaorum

Average warmth with a minimum of 160C is ideal for your Anthurium villenaorum. Protect it 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. Raise humidity for your Anthurium villenaorum by setting the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out this 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.

Fertlizer (Feeding) for Anthurium villenaorum

Feed your Anthurium villenaorum every 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 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 several times. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Anthurium villenaorum

Repot your 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 avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.

How to Prune Anthurium villenaorum

Pruning your 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.

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.

How to Propagate Anthurium villenaorum (Anthurium villenaorum)

Anthurium villenaorum can be propagated during the growing season from from splits.

How to propagate Anthurium villenaorum from splits

Divide the mother Anthurium villenaorum plant into several sections while ensuring each divison has some roots.

Pot the Anthurium villenaorum splits in moist soil in individual pots. Place the set up in a cool place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges.

Ensure the crown of the plant is above the soil level to avoid rotting. Allow the new Anthurium villenaorum plants to be well established before transplanting.

Common Problems in Growing Anthurium villenaorum (Anthurium villenaorum)

Why does my Anthurium villenaorum have 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 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).

Why does my Anthurium villenaorum have 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.

Why does my Anthurium villenaorum have 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.

Why does my Anthurium villenaorum have drooping leaves and stems?

There are four causes of drooping leaves and stems in your Anthurium villenaorum.

The first 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. Inspect your plant and take control measures for these pests (see below).

Which are the common pests in Anthurium villenaorum?

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

Which plant diseases attack Anthurium villenaorum?

Anthurium villenaorum is prone to Root-rot Disease which is more prevalent in soggy soil.

Is Anthurium villenaorum (Anthurium villenaorum) toxic?

Anthurium villenaorum (Anthurium villenaorum) 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.

Other related Anthurium Species for Growing Indoors

  1. Anthurium andraeanum (Laceleaf Anthurium)
  2. Anthurium scherzerianum (Flamingo Flower)
  3. Anthurium crystallinum (Crystal Anthurium)
  4. Anthurium luxurians (Anthurium luxurians)
  5. Anthurium vittariifolium (Strap Leaf Anthurium)
  6. Anthurium metallicum (Anthurium metallicum)
  7. Anthurium radicans (Anthurium radicans)
  8. Anthurium forgetii (Anthurium forgetii)
  9. Anthurium brownii (Anthurium brownii)

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