Athurium Crystallinum is a rare plant native to rainforests in Central and South America, from Panama to Peru. It is an epiphytic perennial, characterized by large, velvety oval leaves with prominent white veining.
The dark form has a greener more rich tone to its leaves.
Water & Humidity;
Water when top soil is dry, do not keep it too moist. Anthurium Crystallinum thrive in humid conditions, but can adapt to average household humidity.
When ready to water make sure to water thoroughly and all around. I like to bring my plants to the sink for a good soak and then I let it drain completely. I usually place it on a saucer and empty it several times until there is no water coming out of the pot or left on the saucer.
They can be grown in shadier spots in the home (not low light; lower light) but will
grow faster in bright indirect light.
Potting Medium & Fertilizer;
Like many epiphytic aroids, they need a well-draining mix; perlite, coco coir, orchid bark will do the trick. You can grow in sphagnum moss but will need to incorporate nutrients.
They benefit from fertilizer throughout spring and summer because they aren't super fast growers. Use a slow-release fertilizer and/or houseplant fertilizer and make sure to follow the packaging instructions (less is more.) I recommend new plant parents begin with slow-release fertilizers because they are more forgiving than liquid fertilizers. If you don't measure liquid fertilizers properly you could easily end up with leaf or root burn.
HOW TO GROW:
Grow Anthuriums in medium to bright light or under artificial lights (if you don't have enough natural light in your home) to encourage growth.
Water anthuriums enough to keep the soil slightly moist, but not wet. They do not like wet feet (roots.)
Fertilize in the spring and summer with a general all-purpose houseplant fertilizer or slow release fertilizer. (Follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging.)
Anthuriums also appreciate warm humid temperatures so make sure to protect them from cold drafts. Like many aroids, they need above-average humidity to do their best, but can acclimate to other conditions.
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