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Anthurium crystallinum (Crystal anthurium)

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Plant description

Anthurium crystallinum is tropical perennial, and is an ornamental foliage type of anthurium. It has large dark green leaves with contrasting silver veins. The leaves glitter in strong light, and can be up to 45 cms long by 30cms wide. It needs warmth and humidity to thrive, and is only suited to the tropics as an outdoor plant. In colder areas it can be kept as a container plant which can be moved to a warm spot in the cooler months, or can be kept as an indoor plant in a bright location. It is not frost tolerant.

Anthuriums are epiphytes, and should not be grown in normal soil or potting mix. They need a very light potting mix, such as an orchid mix. They need regular watering, with reduced watering in the colder months to avoid root rots. Regular feeding with a high nitrogen fertiliser is recommended. Dry air can make the plant prone to attacks from pests such as red spider mites, regular misting will raise the humidity.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.6 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.6 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: not specified.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: not specified.

Pests

Red spider mite, mealy bugs

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Half strength high nitrogen fertiliser.

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