Top 6 Mistakes in Anthurium Care
Many mishaps can happen to your plants, especially when a native plant parent. So, here are six common mistakes that can occur while caring for your Anthuriums and ways to avoid them.
It is the essential plant parenting rule. If you begin panicking, you’ll likely make many alterations too quickly. Even if you see that your plant’s overall health gets a downward curve, you might not be doing all wrong. Maintaining multiple conditions altogether will not help you find the actual problem (which can lead to more issues). Patience is essential. So, put on a detective's cap and relax for a while!
Watering and Soil
Overwatering an Anthurium will result in root rot. What does it appear like?
The roots will seem mushy and brown, and its stems will discolor. It could be caused by different things such as soil issues or watering frequency issues.
The initial step would be to take an excellent long observation of your dirt. Possibilities are if you used any traditional soil potting mix, the soil retains excessive water. Anthuriums and orchids are closely related. Neither of such relatives loves their thick roots sitting in soaked soil. What's the best solution? Repot your anthuriums in about 50/50 mix of any traditional soil potting mix and orchid mix.
Anthuriums prefer bright, indirect sunlight. If your plants stop developing flowers, it’s probably not receiving adequate sunshine. It is a warning, however. Never locate the plant baby in the direct light. You will begin to see brown, crusty patches on its leaves as they’ve been sunburnt.
Humidity and Temperature
Remember, your Anthuriums are native to the tropical rainforest. They enjoy humid, warm conditions. If you have a perfect place in your bathroom or kitchen (the two most humid areas of any house), your plants will like it there.
Your Anthurium will grow in average conditions in other rooms of your home as well. If you observe that the plant's growth is highly slowed down or that its new growth is somewhat deformed, you need to help your plant out in a humidity department. Place it on trays filled with pebbles, use a humidifier, or mist it after every few days using a mister. Whatever your commitment level and budget, that’s an easy solution for you.
If you are a naive mini Anthurium parent and experiencing problems, repotting likely isn't the problem. Anthurium is slow to the moderate grower and needs repotting about every two to three years.
Remember that there is a lot more to the world of pots compared to what meets your eye. As a plant parent, you may have a perfect spot in your mind. It seems so cute! It fits your décor. But you know what? Your plants hate it. Anthuriums require a perfectly well-draining container. As already mentioned, they dislike soggy soil. So, if its container is extremely thick-walled, lacks enough drainage holes, or seems to retain excessive water for any reason, you may want to repot your mini Anthuriums much before it’s too late.