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Anthurium Pallidiflorum – A Plant With Pendant Leaves

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Anthurium Pallidiflorum

Anthurium Pallidiflorum is a stunning evergreen species from the Araceae family with long, shiny, dark-green leaves that hang from the small branches. These pendant leaves make this species an ideal houseplant for hanging baskets. As this plant is native to tropical forests, it adds the same tropical vibe to your home when it is grown indoors. The plant’s care routine is easy; it can easily be followed by beginners.

So if this plant mesmerizes you as well, and you want to learn more about its fantastic features and care guide, keep reading this article.

Classification

  • Order: Alismatales
  • Family: Araceae
  • Genus: Anthurium

Origin and Distribution

Native to Ecuador, Anthurium Pallidiflorum is found in lowland forests of tropical and subtropical regions. This plant was first introduced and published by Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler in 1898.

Anthurium Pallidiflorum Appearance

Foliage

Anthurium Pallidiflorum has long, slender and shiny leaves with a slight-velvety texture. The leaves can get 36 inches long in ideal growing conditions. As compared to the leaves, the branches are short and slender. Due to shorter and bent branches, the leaves seem like dangling down the pots.

Blooms

This plant does not produce showy flowers. Its beautiful leaves are the real beauty of it. Also, this plant rarely blooms indoors.

Anthurium Pallidiflorum Size

This plant can grow as tall as 40 cm in height. The plant size mostly depends on the length of its leaves.

Anthurium Pallidiflorum Care

Quick Guide 

  • Watering: Once every week.
  • Soil type: Sphagnum moss or peat-based mix.
  • Sunlight: Medium sunlight.
  • Temperature: 21°C to 32°C
  • Humidity: 40-60%
  • Fertilizer: Liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.

Let us explain this care guide in detail.

Anthurium Pallidiflorum Watering Requirements

Watering at the right time is an essential task for Anthurium Pallidiflorum care. If your plant gets overwatered by accident, it will immediately fall prey to root rot. Underwatering will also damage the plant’s foliage. It is why you should always check soil moisture level before watering it using the finger test.

Insert your finger into the soil. If it comes out moist, do not water the plant and wait for some days. If it comes out dry, water right away. Generally, this plant needs watering one time per week. In winters, its watering needs diminish due to lowered temperature and lesser growth rate.

Soil Requirements

As this plant grows among thick trees in forests in its natural habitat, its growing medium is organic and humus-rich. All the nutrients and food waste that fall from the tall trees add to the soil and increase fertility for other plants. It is why such rich and organic soil is needed to grow Anthurium Pallidiflorum. Make sure the potting mix is well-draining and has good aeration. It should also have good moisture-retaining properties. However, the ideal growing medium is sphagnum moss or peat-based potting mix.

Anthurium Pallidiflorum Sunlight

This Anthurium species goes in the same spot as Anthurium Veitchii or Anthurium radicans (if you have these in your home). It is because all these plants require a similar light intensity to grow properly. These plants need medium sunlight and some direct morning sun to thrive. Too much sunlight will burn their foliage, and too little of it will result in slower growth. It will help if you place your Anthurium Pallidiflorum near an east or west-facing window.

Temperature Tolerance

It is a tropical plant that prefers to be grown in warmer temperatures. The optimum temperature range that keeps this plant most happy and healthy is 21°C to 32°C. This is why you should find a warmer spot in your home to grow this beautiful plant.

Considering the optimum temperature, it is now clear that this plant cannot survive in temperature extremes. So whenever you feel like the temperature is falling below the average range, try to relocate the plant to a warmer place or install heating pads. Similarly, in extreme summers, you should protect it from heat.

Humidity

This eye-catching Anthurium species thrives in high humidity; it can also grow well in moderately humid environments. As long as the humidity level stays between 40% and 60%, this plant stays happy. When grown indoors, the humidity around this plant can be increased in several ways. The easiest way to do this is to install a humidifier. It lets you control the humidity and increase its level to the desired value. If you have various Anthurium species or other plants in your home, you should group them to increase the moisture level around them.

Fertilizer

This plant does not need as much feeding as other houseplants, but it still needs nutrients to grow and bloom. Every 4th to 6th week in the growing season, fertilize this plant with diluted liquid fertilizer. You should dilute the liquid fertilizer to 1/4th of its strength by adding it into water. This way, the strong chemicals of the fertilizer will not be able to damage the plant. Cease its feeding in winters when the plant is not actively growing.

Grooming and Pruning

Pruning and trimming is a healthy practice to encourage plant growth and groom their leggy appearance. Pruning over-sized plants also let you take healthy branches for propagation purposes. You should prune the plant at the beginning of spring.

Do not forget to disinfect your pruning tools before using them on your plant. And, cut the bottom leaves first that have turned yellow. You can also pinch the growth on the upper side if you want more growth.

How to Propagate Anthurium Pallidiflorum?

Whenever you feel like your other rooms need to be adorned with a lovely Anthurium Pallidiflorum as well, you should try propagating your existing plant instead of buying new ones. Propagation is not as difficult as it seems. Let us guide you through the process.

This plant is propagated through stem cuttings, but you do not cut the cutting until it grows new roots. We like this method as no cuttings go wasted if roots do not form with time in this process.

The ideal time for propagation is the beginning of spring.

  1. Take some sphagnum moss and soak it in water for one to two hours.
  2. Choose a healthy stem part that has a healthy leaf on it.
  3. Now cover the node with the moist sphagnum moss and then wrap the moss in a plastic sheet.
  4. Pinch some holes into the sheet so that the covered part keeps receiving good oxygen flow.
  5. Spray the moss regularly so that its moisture level is maintained.
  6. In several weeks, probably 2-3 weeks, new roots will grow out of the sphagnum moss.
  7. When you notice new growth, remove the plastic wrap and cut the stem cutting.
  8. Plant this cutting in water and soil and place its container in a brightly lit spot.

Anthurium Pallidiflorum Basic Features

Growth Rate

This plant grows at a moderate rate. Its growth rate slows down if the watering, temperature, and sunlight factors are not regulated.

Toxicity

Let us warn you that the foliage of this plant is toxic and can cause severe swelling and irritation of the mouth. It is why you should always collect any fallen leaves so that your pets or toddlers do not consume them. Also, wear a pair of gloves while handling the plant or pruning it.

Drought Tolerance

The beautiful foliage of this plant has good water-retaining properties. It saves water and uses it in periods of drought. So it is safe to say that Anthurium Pallidiflorum is a drought-tolerant plant.

Anthurium Pallidiflorum Maintenance

This plant is an easy-grower. It is a low-maintenance species that can also be grown by beginners. It is also an excellent opportunity for growing a plant indoors for those who do not have a green thumb.

Dormancy

As already mentioned, this plant needs proper light exposure to grow, and in low light, its growth rate slows down. Because of this reason, when the light levels and temperature falls in winters, this plant reduces its growth speed to almost negligible. This is the time when it goes into dormancy. It stays in this state until the growing conditions come back to normal, which happens in spring.

Common Problems and Their Solutions

Root Rot

It is one of the most common problems of Anthurium Pallidiflorum. If the plant is overwatered and the soil is kept moist all the time, its roots get attacked by fungus and then turn mushy. When the plant gets affected by root rot, its white and firm roots turn brown and mushy. One common symptom of root rot is yellowed and falling leaves. If you notice any such symptoms, take out your plant from the soil and inspect it. If it has black roots, you cannot save your plant. But, if the roots are brown, wash them properly, trim the affected parts, and re-pot the plant in a fresh potting mix.

Bacterial Blight

The adorable leaves of this plant are susceptible to bacterial blight. When bacteria attack the leaves, they form fluid-filled lesions on the margins of the leaves. High humidity and high temperature are two contributing factors to bacterial blight. So, if your plant has caught this disease, lower the humidity and temperature around this plant and increase the airflow towards it.

Frequently Asked Questions about Anthurium Pallidiflorum

What Is the Best Planter for My Anthurium Pallidiflorum?

This plant looks lovely in hanging baskets. The dangling leaves of this beautiful plant are showcased in hanging planters most magnificently.

Why Do the Leaves of My Plant Have Yellow and Brown Spots?

This may be due to low light exposure. In such a case, relocate your plant to a brighter spot. Also, check the pot for any standing water. Make sure excess water drips from the drainage hole whenever you water the plant.

Does My Plant Improve the Air Quality in My Room?

Yes. Anthurium Pallidiflorum is a natural air purifier that filters the air and removes all the pollutants from the air. It makes the air cleaner for you to breathe.

Why Are There Tiny Roots Above the Soil Surface?

These tiny roots are actually aerial. The plant needs them as much as it requires the bottom roots. So do not trim or prune them.

Conclusion

The long and shiny leaves of Anthurium Pallidiflorum are enough to make you fall in love with this beauty. This evergreen species is an adaptable plant that can grow nearly everywhere inside a home (except the dark corners). Its air purifying feature is a cherry on top. All-in-all, this plant beautifies your home and also cleans the air around it. It is a win-win situation for you!

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