So you got your hands on an Anthurium Vittarifolium? I’m jealous! The good news is that its needs are relatively easy to meet, just make sure you can give them a humid environment…
Anthurium Vittarifolium Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check once a week and water it if top 50% of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Feed once a month in summer, with a high nitrogen feed.|
|Soil:||A mix of orchid compost and peat based soil.|
|Temperature:||18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Jiffyplants Shopping site .|
|Common issues:||Over and underwatering, and lack of humidity.|
Welcome to our guide to anthurium vittarifolium care. This anthurium originates from South America, and is known for its long, narrow leaves which can grow to over 1.5 meters (5 feet) in length if given the right conditions. The leaves look like long leathery green neckties. It is a really unique plant that is without doubt one of the highest on my wish list at the moment.
See also: Anthurium Crystallinum And Anthurium Clarinervium Care, Anthurium Scherzerianum, Anthurium Pallidiflorum.
Anthurium Vittarifolium Light Needs
Medium to bright indirect sunlight. Do not give it any direct sunlight.
How Often to Water
Check your anthurium once a week and water it if the top 50% of soil is dry. They do not like to be soggy, but do not like to dry out totally. I use my finger to check the soil weekly.
Feed once a month in summer, with a well-diluted fertilizer which is high in nitrogen to encourage leaf growth.
Anthurium Vittarifolium Soil
A well draining mix of orchid compost and peat based soil will suit your vittarifolium well. For more on anthurium soil (what to buy and how to make your own) see our guide here: Anthurium Soil.
When To Repot
Repot up a size in Spring if the roots grow through the bottom of the current pot.
Anthurium Vittarifolium Humidity
60-70% humidity, they like above normal household humidity levels. This is the key to good anthurium vittarifolium care.
Tip: Keep them humid, aim for 70% in the day and they’ll be ok with a bit less at night. You can buy a humidity meter (affiliate link) to keep an eye on maximum and minimum levels.
Ideally keep your anthuriums in the temperature range 18°C to 25°C (64-77°F). This means they’ll do well in most normal households.
How To Propagate Anthurium Vittarifolium
You need to wait until the plant has a smaller ‘pup’ plant growing at it’s base. Then separate out pups by taking the plant out of its soil, and removing the pups, making sure to be really careful to not damage the plant. You can then leave them for half a day or so, so that any damaged parts heal over. Then pot all the plants up separately.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They contain calcium oxalate, which is toxic to cats and can cause numbness, and vomiting, so contact your vet immediately if your cat has eaten any.
Anthurium Vittarifolium Vs Wendlingeri
They are very similar strap leaf anthuriums, but the Wendlingeri is instantly distinguishable when blooming due to it’s corkscrew shaped flower.
FAQs and Common Problems
Be careful with overwatering, although they like humidity and moisture, sitting in soggy soil is one of the biggest killers as it can cause root rot fairly easily.
Dryness and crispiness of leaves can be common, and implies lack of moisture or humidity, make sure the plant is watered and has enough humidity.
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