Crystal Anthurium

Anthurium crystallinum

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Anthurium crystallinum is an epiphytic perennial plant with a tropical feel. It's commonly known as Crystal Anthurium after its attractive, oval-shaped, velvety and strongly veined foliage. Crystal Anthurium is a popular houseplant, typically grown for its foliage over its flowers. The leaves are dark green (sometimes red-purple tinged) with attractive and prominent white veins. It produces un-showy green-yellow inflorescences surrounded by green spathes, which lead onto white-purple berry fruit. The Anthurium genus is commonly grown outdoors in tropical gardens, and they are prized across the world as houseplants, or as tender patio plants in temperate climates. With a little care and attention, you can enjoy a touch of the tropics all year round in your home! This species has also earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Propagation

Division

Can be propagated by dividing the stem with the roots in the spring and potting the separated pieces. Keep warm in an enclosed glass case with high humidity for a few weeks.

Seed

Sow seeds, as soon as they have ripened, in shallow earthenware pans filled with chopped sphagnum moss, charcoal and sand. Cover the pan with a piece of glass or plastic and place in a warm area.

Cuttings

Top off the stem with few roots of 3 to 4 year old plants, remove and plant. Each cutting should have a single eye or bud to produce good new roots.

Special features

Indoor plant

If you are growing this plant as a houseplant, half and half mix of potting soil and orchid soil or perlite will provide the kind of soil anthuriums thrive in.

Pot plant

When planting in a pot, half and half mix of potting soil and orchid soil or perlite will provide the kind of soil anthuriums will thrive in.

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant with dark green, heart-shaped leaves with white venation.

Special features

Origin

Native to rainforest margins in Central and South America, from Panama to Peru.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Air, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Popular potplant to add colour indoors or cut flower to use in special bouquets.

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Green, Yellow

Problems

Diseases include bacterial wilt and Rhizoctinia.
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