How to grow and care for Anthurium vittariifolium Indoors

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Houseplant, Anthurium vittariifolium

Botanical name: Anthurium vittariifolium
Family: Araceae

Anthurium vittariifolium commonly called Strap Leaf Anthurium is a foliage Anthurium with long, pendulous leaves making it perfect for a hanging basket, a pedestal or simply for hanging.

Anthurium vittariifolium is an epiphyte with short stem and the long, strappy leaves can grow to up to 2.4 meters long. The leaves are clustered at or near the apex of the stem.

Anthurium vittariifolium blooms with small pinkish spathe and spadix and the berries are a bright violet or pink in color. Though it is unlikely to bloom when grown indoors.

Anthurium vittariifolium is native to the Amazon region; southeast Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and northern Brazil where it grows deep in the humid rainforests, on the thin layer of forest soil or in cavities between branches of trees..

The Best Indoor Growing Conditions for Anthurium vittariifolium

Light for Anthurium vittariifolium

Anthurium vittariifolium prefers bright, indirect light. A curtain-filtered sunny window is perfect. Protect your Anthurium vittariifolium from direct sunlight to avoid scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Anthurium vittariifolium

Keep the soil moist at all times for your Anthurium vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Anthurium vittariifolium

Average warmth with a minimum of 160C is ideal for your Anthurium vittariifolium. Protect it from cold draughts to avoid sudden changes in temperature. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Anthurium vittariifolium

Anthurium vittariifolium requires high humidity. Raise humidity for your Anthurium vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium

Feed your Anthurium vittariifolium every 3-4 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 vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium

Repot your Anthurium vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium

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

How to Propagate Anthurium vittariifolium (Anthurium vittariifolium)

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

How to propagate Anthurium vittariifolium from splits

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

Pot the Anthurium vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium plants to be well established before transplanting.

Common Problems in Growing Anthurium vittariifolium (Anthurium vittariifolium)

Why does my Anthurium vittariifolium have brown leaf tips?

Two reasons are responsible for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium vittariifolium.

One reason for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium vittariifolium is that the air is too dry. Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Anthurium vittariifolium. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second reason for brown leaf tips in your Anthurium vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium have yellow leaves?

There are two causes of yellow leaves in your Anthurium vittariifolium.

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

Why does my Anthurium vittariifolium have brown leaf spots?

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

Why does my Anthurium vittariifolium have drooping leaves and stems?

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

The first cause of drooping leaves in your Anthurium vittariifolium is low humidity. Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Anthurium vittariifolium. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

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

Which are the common pests in Anthurium vittariifolium?

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

Which plant diseases attack Anthurium vittariifolium?

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

Is Anthurium vittariifolium (Anthurium vittariifolium) toxic?

Anthurium vittariifolium (Anthurium vittariifolium) is toxic to both humans and pets.

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

Always wear gloves when handling your Anthurium vittariifolium 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 metallicum (Anthurium metallicum)
  6. Anthurium radicans (Anthurium radicans)
  7. Anthurium forgetii (Anthurium forgetii)
  8. Anthurium villenaorum (Anthurium villenaorum)
  9. Anthurium brownii (Anthurium brownii)

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