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Have you seen how stunning the Anthurium clarinervium is? A part of the Aroid family, the dark green heart-shaped leaves are sure to take your breath away. Especially the white veins that trace the leaves.
The plant is native to Mexico and grows as an epiphyte, which requires special soil and potting needs. But don’t let that put you off! The plant provides thick striking foliage, occasionally accompanied by flowers that we are sure you will love.
But how do you care for these beautiful plants? Well, we are here today to help you with that!
Today we will cover how to care for your Anthurium Clarinervium, including the one care tip that you need to know! Keep reading to find out more1
As with many plants in the Anthurium genus, they can grow to a large size in your own home!
The clarinervium is a smaller species that is great for any sized home! Left indoors, you should see leaves roughly 6-inches in size or a little larger.
So let’s look at how we can care for these beauties in our homes! It is worth noting that it can take these plants a few months to get used to a new environment. Losing a leaf or two is to be expected; please don’t be disheartened by it!
Following our care guide below and using our secret tip will allow your plant to adjust and thrive in its new home!
Let there be light!
To ensure that your plant thrives and continues to grow, filtered sunlight or bright indirect light is best for your Anthurium clarinervium.
It is best to keep your plants out of direct sunlight. They can cope with a little bit, but too much can be disastrous!
If you live in a colder climate, your plants will thank you for some direct sunlight!
Especially in the winter months, where the weather is cloudier with shorter daylight hours. It is best to keep an eye on your plant and limit the time spent in direct sunlight.
In warmer climates or the summer months, you can place the plant outside in the complete shade.
How hot should it be?
As we mentioned earlier, Anthuriums are native to Mexico and love warm temperatures. It is best to keep them anywhere between 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Be sure to select a room in your home where these temperatures will be maintained. Your plant will be fine if the temperature does drop below these temperatures as long as it is not for extended periods.
Again, Anthuriums love high humidity levels. If possible, they grow best in a greenhouse. Of course, you can grow them indoors, but they will need some attention to ensure they thrive.
For those keeping their plants indoors during dry winters, purchasing a humidifier is an option to consider. These will ensure that the air is moist enough for your plant to thrive in and help keep it warm too!
Most users use a humidifier during the winter or colder months when the heating is on and turning it off once the weather becomes warmer.
What about air circulation?
You will need to consider the air circulation with this plant too.
These plants are used to growing on cliffs, rocks, and trees where they are exposed to plenty of circulation. Replicating this in your home will allow the plants to thrive in their new environment.
It is best to avoid cold drafts as these plants hate the cold and struggle to grow. A ceiling fan or a fan, in general, will provide excellent air circulation for these plants.
Using a low setting and a swing, if it is a standing or tabletop fan, will allow the air to circulate the room gently.
Air circulation is excellent not just for Anthuriums, but for orchids and other plants too! In warmer weather, opening a window will allow for air circulation similar to their natural environment.
If you have a garden in the summer, letting your plant sit outside in the shade is a great idea. It will allow your Anthurium to benefit from rainwater, higher humidity levels, and natural air circulation.
What soil does it need?
These epiphyte plants require brilliant drainage. You can achieve this by adding orchid bark to your potting mix. Many owners, us included, view this as the secret to growing these plants well.
You can add the orchid bark to any all-purpose peat-based houseplant potting soil that you wish to use. Mix 1 part of orchid bark with 2-3 parts of the houseplant potting soil to provide fantastic drainage that will allow your Anthurium clarinervium to thrive!
For a helping hand, you can also add a handful of perlite to the soil mix!
What about fertilizer?
You must fertilize your plant throughout its active growth period. This takes place in the spring and summer months, during warmer weather.
To fertilize your Anthurium clarinervium, add a diluted amount of fertilizer with every (or almost every) watering.
You can use any houseplant fertilizer with your Anthurium, so the choice is yours! We would recommend opting for fertilizers designed for tropical plants.
A complete fertilizer that is also urea-free is an excellent choice. These won’t burn your plants while you water them.
The amount of fertilizer you will want to use will depend on your plant’s size and how many you are fertilizing. There should be instructions that you can follow on the fertilizer’s packaging.
Generally, we would recommend that you add ¼ of a teaspoon to every gallon of water.
Mix it, and then water your Anthurium as you usually would. But how much watering does it need, you ask? We are going to look at that now!
How much water?
As with any plant, its watering routine is vital. In their natural environment, Anthuriums, like other orchids, grow on trees and tree branches. They would be watered by frequent rains and try out quickly due to their exposed roots.
You will need to reproduce this in your home to ensure the plant is watered successfully.
You must not let your plant sit in water as they will rot and die. After water, it is best to discard excess water and let it all drain away. You will not want any water sitting in the saucer underneath the pan.
Do not water the plant again until the top two inches of the potting mix is dry. You can test this by placing your finger into the soil. Most of the potting mix should be slightly moist for the best results, with the top inches being dry.
If the mix is wet underneath, do not water it. You will need to wait and check your plants regularly to ensure they are not over or under watered.
Propagation can always be challenging to complete. When it comes to your Anthuriums, it is best to divide the plant as you report it. This works well with plants that have more than one stem.
You can loosen the roots and gently separate a new section of growth.
Be sure to work carefully and slowly when doing this; you don’t want to damage your plant! We recommend a section with at least 1-2 leaves of its own for good propagation.
You can place this in a pot of its own and follow the care instructions that we set out earlier in this article. These plants grow best during the warmer summer months, so avoid propagating the plant in the colder winter months.
Be sure to keep the soil at its correct moisture levels and the temperature correct, as these factors will ensure a successful propagation of your anthurium clarinervium!
Now that we have thoroughly convinced you to purchase and grow your own Anthurium Clarinervium, let’s get onto how much one of these babies will set you back! These plants, unfortunately, are not cheap.
They are in high demand too, finding one can be challenging during the spring and summer months.
But do not give up hope, though! Keep an eye out for tropical plant websites or stores near you that might stock Anthurium clarinervium. It is worth asking in stores as well about waiting lists for new stock.
The plant will be an expensive purchase, but you should get years of growth and enjoyment from the stunning plant.
Here we are, the end of the road. We hope you have found this article useful and helpful when growing and caring for your Anthurium clarinervium.
These beautiful plants will brighten up any home or garden. While they can take a while to settle into their new homes, those stunning heart-shaped leaves make it all worth it!
Don’t forget to use our secret soil blend to ensure your plant thrives! We are confident that the addition of orchid bark will allow your Anthurium to grow better than ever! These plants require a lot of care, but trust us when we say it’s worth it!
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