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Anthurium Dorayaki Plant Care
The Anthurium Dorayaki enjoys indirect, filtered sunlight and high moisture levels. It thrives in fertile soils, mostly containing perlite, that does not retain too much water and have considerable airflow in-between pores. Furthermore, it prefers temperatures between 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 32 degrees Celsius).
Generally, Anthuriums prefer free-draining soils that hold some amount of water.
Outdoor potted Anthuriums prefer locations that are slightly steep or do not accumulate water. They like moisture; however, they dislike growing in soggy soils.
Different varieties like different soils, but most thrive in soils that are similar to their natural habitat. Choose a potting mix that’s light and loose with a pH of about 6.5.
If you do not like perlite, use a mixture containing soil (1 part), orchid mix (2 parts) and, peat moss (1 part).
You can also create your own potting mix out of pine bark, perlite, and peat, all in the same quantity. Most of these contents soak up water and parcel it out gradually.
Soils with excess water are an open invitation to several opportunistic microbes that can cause a wide variety of diseases such as root rot and yellowing of leaves.
I recommend you stay away from garden soil as it retains more than the required amount of water.
Anthuriums enjoy being watered from time to time. They are tropical in nature, and so enjoy a good amount of moisture in their surroundings.
However, if kept in such conditions for too long, they begin to lose their normal structure.
Ideally, water your Anthurium Dorayaki only once a week. However, if the weather is dry you may have to add water twice a week.
You can also rely on the finger-dip test for watering. Simply insert two fingers into the Anthurium Dorayaki soil’s top two to three inches (5-8cm).
If they seem wet, withhold water for hours or days. In contrast, if the soil seems cracked or dried out, add lukewarm water.
To minimize the probability of root rot, avoid watering your plant to the point that it becomes soggy.
However, if it has already undergone extensive root rotting, carefully rinse the affected roots to save your Anthurium Dorayaki. If the damaged roots still do not come off, use scissors to cut them off.
Another important factor is to use water that is at room temperature and contains very little to no chlorine. For areas with chlorinated water, fill up a bucket with water and leave it overnight.
The chlorine evaporates, leaving you with chlorine-free water.
If you are a fan of misting and find it easier, you can mist your Anthurium Dorayaki plant every few days. However, the spread should be even and not directed at one point only.
But please keep in mind that misting isn’t a watering substitute.
Light plays a crucial role in forming blooms and fruits. Therefore, especially for the Anthurium varieties that produce flowers, ideal light conditions are essential.
Although the Anthurium plants can tolerate a wide range of light levels, the Anthurium Dorayaki plant needs bright, dappled sunlight.
This plant produces larger and more vibrant flowers in filtered sunlight. However, if exposed to direct sunlight for long hours, it leads to leaf scorching and burning.
When growing outdoors, the Anthurium Dorayaki should be kept under partial shade or on the balcony. It is an epiphyte; therefore, growing it under a tree’s shade is also a good idea.
However, please make sure the Dorayaki plant is not under direct sunlight.
Inside the house, you can grow the Anthurium Dorayaki plant in several locations. Try placing it in front of a south or east-facing window; they offer just the right amount of sunlight.
Similarly, you can put it close to a glass door where the sunrays are indirect.
Alternatively, you can use artificial growing lights for your Anthurium Dorayaki plant.
The Anthurium Dorayaki thrives when grown in higher temperatures, ranging from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 32 degrees Celsius).
Anything below or higher than these values can increase the chances of the plant catching infectious diseases.
The house gardeners living in areas with temperate climates do not have much trouble maintaining this range. However, occasionally, problems arise for those residing in cooler climates.
In the summer and spring seasons, let your Anthurium Dorayaki plant grow outside. However, when the temperature drops below 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius), bring this fine beauty inside.
To maintain the ideal range, place the plant in close proximity to a heater in the winters, but far enough to prevent the leaves from burning.
On the other hand, when the temperature scale crosses 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) in the summers, put the Anthurium Dorayaki near a fan or an open window.
Fertilizer is one of the most important growth determinants of any plant. It is primarily responsible for supplying the right amounts of nutrients.
The greatest roles in the development of Anthurium Dorayaki plants are played by nitrogen, potassium, and phosphate.
Each of the macro elements plays an essential role in the Dorayaki plant’s lifecycle.
Whereas microelements, such as Manganese, Calcium, and Sulphur, are also involved in several enzymatic reactions and the transfer of genetic information.
Anthurium Dorayaki likes a high-quality NPK fertilizer diluted to a strength of 1/4th. Use it every few months or as directed on the product packaging.
For this plant, use feeds that contain abundant phosphate to promote blooming.
You can either opt for a slow-release fertilizer or a liquid fertilizer. The former is usually absorbed instantly, but its effects last for a relatively lesser time.
The latter type is taken up slowly by plants, but its results persist for a longer time.
I suggest fertilizing only during the spring and summer seasons. The plant is mostly busy conserving energy in the dormant season and does not need too much feed.
Please avoid overfertilizing your Anthurium Dorayaki, as it can have serious complications.
Anthurium Dorayaki plant is tropical in nature, so it likes plenty of moisture in its environment. The high humidity keeps the plant upright and maintains the leaves’ turgidity.
The Anthuriums are only picky about their humidity needs. They prefer 70% to 80% of humidity throughout the day.
These levels are significantly high and can be uncomfortable for humans. To solve this problem, simply put your Anthurium Dorayaki in a separate room of the house.
In drier seasons, put up a humidifier that maintains adequate hydration levels. For suitable moisture distribution, place all your plants in one room.
Alternatively, you can place it close to a pebble-filled tray of water.
If you are having trouble keeping track of the moisture levels in your house, purchase a moisture meter from any local store.
Please protect your plant from excessive humidity as it often leads to pest infestation.
Repotting is mostly beneficial for plants; it helps spot diseases before they can cause significant damage, refreshes the soil’s nutrients, and gives the plant an overall healthier look.
The Anthurium Dorayaki is a small to moderately sized plant that does not need frequent repotting. However, if it is root-bound, it is time for repotting.
If you are confused about whether the plant is root-bound, look for the following signs:
- Roots circling the plant’s container
- Roots coming out of the pot’s bottom or drainage holes
- Wilting foliage despite a correct watering frequency
- Water running straight through the drainage holes
- Cracked or bent container
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