How to grow and care for Anthurium vittariifolium Indoors

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Anthurium vittariifolium

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Botanical name: Anthurium vittariifolium
Family: Araceae

Anthurium vittariifolium Description

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 Size

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 Flower

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 Origin

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..

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Anthurium vittariifolium

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Anthurium vittariifolium Care Indoors

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

Anthurium vittariifolium Light Requirements

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

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

Water Anthurium vittariifolium 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 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 vittariifolium.


Temperature for Anthurium vittariifolium

Anthurium vittariifolium requires an average warmth with a minimum of 160C inorder to thrive.

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

Humidity for Anthurium vittariifolium

Anthurium vittariifolium thrives in high humidity conditions. Raise humidity for your Anthurium vittariifolium 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 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.

Anthurium vittariifolium Fertlizer (Feeding)

Feed Anthurium vittariifolium every 3-4 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 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 the process several times. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Anthurium vittariifolium

Repot 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 that the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.

Soil for Anthurium vittariifolium

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

How to Prune Anthurium vittariifolium

Pruning 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 to avoid unnecessary injuries which can lead to disease infestations.

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.

Anthurium vittariifolium Propagation

Anthurium vittariifolium can be propagated during the growing season from from splits by plant divison. Continue reading on how to propagate Anthurium vittariifolium by plant divsion.

How to propagate Anthurium vittariifolium by plant divison

Water the Anthurium vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium section.

Place the Anthurium vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium

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Anthurium vittariifolium Problems Indoors

Anthurium vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium 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 or use a cool mist humidifier 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).

Anthurium vittariifolium 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.

Anthurium vittariifolium 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.

Anthurium vittariifolium 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 or use a cool mist humidifier 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).

Anthurium vittariifolium pests

The common pests in Anthurium vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium Diseases

Anthurium vittariifolium 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 vittariifolium toxic?

Anthurium vittariifolium like other Anthuriums 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.

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