Anthurium ‘Ace of Spades’ is a gorgeous hybrid of the Anthurium genus. It is loved for its large velvety leaves that change their color as they mature. It is a trailing herbaceous plant that makes a great houseplant. This plant can be grown in pots or terrariums. Its large leaves make a perfect backdrop for other smaller plants, so you can also place it in a group with other plants. Keep reading this article to learn some more surprising facts and features of this ‘Ace of Spades’ Anthurium plant.
- Family: Araceae
- Subfamily: Pothoideae
- Genus: Anthurium
About the Genus ‘Anthurium’
It is a genus of flowering plants, which includes almost 1000 beautiful species. These species are native to America, Mexico, Argentina, and the Caribbean. Some of these species are epiphytes, while some are terrestrial.
Origin and Distribution
This hybrid was first introduced in Hawaii many years ago. Its parentage is still unknown. It is widely distributed in the tropical regions of America and Mexico.
Anthurium ‘Ace of Spades’ Features
Foliage and Stem
This plant has stunning thick, textured, velvety, dark-green leaves. Its leaves are so deeply shaded that they seem almost black colored. These leaves are cordate or heart-shaped, hence the name ‘Ace of Spades’. Each leaf is almost 2 feet wide and 2 ½ feet long. The leaves are red-colored in their juvenile stage. As they mature they change to dark-green shade.
Anthurium ‘Ace of Spades’ plant is an evergreen hybrid of the Araceae family. Its leaves stay fresh and green throughout the year. Its foliage will keep beautifying your indoors with its appearance all year round. It loses its leaves to age one by one, not all at once.
This lovely plant reaches a maximum height of 2 to 3 feet. This medium height makes it a great addition to indoor plant collections. You can place it in a group with other greeny plants. You can also place its pot in a corner where it will radiate its beauty to the entire room.
Extreme temperatures are a big No-No for this plant. It does not grow well in extreme heat or extreme cold. This is why keep it in a spot where the surroundings are always warm. This plant is not frost hardy.
This tropical species cannot tolerate low humidity. It needs moisture to stay fresh and green; low humidity affects its foliage and turns it dull and dry. It is better if you keep maintaining the humidity levels for this plant.
It is a drought-tolerant plant. Its thick, velvety leaves tend to store water for drier days. It can survive low water availability to some extent. If you forget to water this plant for some days, it will not die right away. You can still save it in time by resuming its watering.
Disease and Pest Resistance
Luckily, this pretty plant is safe from many diseases and pest problems. It does not attract any. However, some spider mites may bother you from time to time. You can easily get rid of them by using a cotton ball dipped in neem oil. Rub this cotton ball on all of the plant’s foliage and watch spider mites vanish from view.
This breathtaking species is a slow-grower. It takes almost two to three years to reach its maximum height. However, you can still increase its growth pace. You can do so by placing a pole in its pot. It can trail up the pole and grow at a greater pace.
The USDA plant hardiness growth zones for this plant are 10-11.
All the parts of this magnificent beauty are toxic and poisonous to humans and animals. Its foliage must be kept away from toddlers and pets. If consumed, they can cause skin irritation and swelling.
‘Ace of Spades’ Anthurium is a low-maintenance houseplant. You can grow it inside your home without much effort. It grows pretty much on its own. If you are no expert in growing plants, you will still be able to grow this exquisite plant in your home.
When the temperature and light levels drop in winters, these lovely species go dormant. Its growth rate decrease to an extent that it feels negligible. During these days, it does not need much watering or feeding.
Anthurium ‘Ace of Spades’ Care
Anthurium ‘Ace of Spades’ care includes watering it 3-4 times per week. Its soil’s pH must be maintained between 6.1 and 7.3. The temperature must be kept around 21-30°C. It needs 70-85% dappled sunlight. It needs to be fertilized after every 3 to 4 months. Its recommended growth zones are 10-11.
This ‘Ace of Spades’ Anthurium needs medium watering. Let its soil gets dry between watering. Water this plant after every 2 to 3 days. If it has fast drainage soil, you will have to water more often. In winters or the rainy season, its watering frequency must be cut down.
Use lukewarm water to water this plant. This plant is sensitive to high temperatures. Hot or cold water will put this plant under stress and damage its roots.
This plant functions best in slightly acidic (6.1 – 6.5) to neutral (6.6 – 7.3) soil. It must be grown in well-draining, coarse soil that is rich in organic matter. You can also add the orchid mix to the soil to increase its fertility. Sand and perlite can also be added to the potting mix to increase its drainage and aeration. You can also make a DIY potting mix by mixing 50% sand and 50% cocopeat. This DIY potting mix is fast-draining and proves amazing for Anthurium ‘Ace of Spades’.
This Velvet Anthurium requires 70-85% sunlight. To maintain the deepest color of its foliage, you must put its pot under partial sunlight or dappled shade. Dappled shade means you will have to place it in a room with a window, but not in front of the window. You can also place it near a window, only if you cover the window with curtains.
If your Anthurium is not receiving enough light, its growth rate will slow down. Also, its leaves will start to lose their dark colors.
This magnificent plant grows best in the temperature range of 21°C to 30°C. It loves warmer climates. You can also grow this gorgeous plant in a greenhouse where the temperature stays warm and does not fluctuate much. Do not leave its pot outdoors in winters as this plant is sensitive to cold and frost. It can die due to frost injuries, so keep it in warmer spots in winters.
This plant loves high humidity. It prefers an above 80% humid environment. Its velvety and dark-green foliage needs a high amount of moisture in the air to stay fresh and green. You must regulate the humidity levels around it. If you grow it in a terrarium, maintaining humidity would not be much of a problem. But if you grow it indoors, you’ll have to increase the humidity inside your home. The normal humidity level inside a home is merely 10%. This is lower than this plant’s needs. You must regulate it through other simpler ways. Try misting the plant regularly, but keep in mind that moist foliage also welcomes many pests and insects.
Anthurium ‘Ace of Spades’ is not much of a feeder. It does not need to be fertilized now and then. You should fertilize it after every three to four months with a regular all-purpose fertilizer. This plant will benefit from a fertilizer that is high in phosphorus. But do not add the fertilizer right away; dilute it first. Dilute its strength to 1/4th before adding it to the plant. Also, water the plant before adding fertilizer. If you add the fertilizer to dry soil, you will be risking the roots to burn.
Grooming and Pruning
This gorgeous plant needs to be pruned only when its leaves are old or dry enough. You do not need to prune its size or anything because its size is the real beauty of it. But if you still want to keep it in a desired shape or size, you can prune it anyway. One thing that you need to keep in mind is to always use sterilized shears to prune its leaves; otherwise, you will be inflicting a great risk on your plant of infectious diseases. Your plant can easily catch an infectious disease if you use non-sterilized shears to prune it. The best time of pruning is at the beginning of spring and early summer.
Anthurium ‘Ace of Spades’ does not need to be re-potted every year. You can re-pot it after every two to three years. Your plant will tell you itself when it wants to be re-potted by showing some signs. These signs include wilted leaves, even after you have been watering it properly, or some outgrowth from his drainage hole or the pot starts to crack. All these signs signal that your plant is root-bound. This plant needs to be moved to a new pot, which must be about 1 to 2 inches larger than the previous one. Always water the plant before re-potting it; this practice keeps the roots in a place so you can easily re-pot it. Make sure to use the same potting mix in the new pot as the previous one.
Anthurium ‘Ace of Spades’ propagation is just as easy as other plants. You can perform it at home by yourself. Its propagation can be done through stem cuttings. Follow this easy step-by-step guide to propagate your anthurium plant at home and increase your collection.
- Take a sharp knife and disinfected it.
- Use this knife to cut a stem from a healthy anthurium plant.
- This stem must be 3 inches long, and it must have some leaves on it.
- Remove the leaves from the bottom.
- The stem cutting must have two to three leaves on top.
- Prepares a separate container.
- Fill it with potting mix.
- Place the stem cutting in the center and water it.
- Place the pot in dappled sunlight or partial shade.
- Keep watering it; new growth will start in just some days.
This exquisite beauty has won the hearts of many through its stunning leaves and gorgeous appearance. Anthurium ‘Ace of Spades’ is a beautiful plant with large, velvety leaves. It is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, easy-to-grow houseplant that can adorn almost every corner of a house or office space.