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Anthurium Waterburyanum – An Epiphytic Plant

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Anthurium Waterburyanum

A rare tropical species with immensely attractive, grassy-green foliage, Anthurium Waterburyanum is an epiphytic plant endemic to Ecuador. This plant is loved for its large, broad leaves that have light-green, shallow venation. The shape of the leaves changes from arrowhead to ovate as the leaves mature. It is an ideal houseplant to grow in a home to increase the lively factor indoors. This plant also acts as a natural air purifier. A cherry on top!

In its natural habitat, it grows under a thick canopy of trees. So it needs a similar environment to grow properly indoors. If you have no idea how to do that, let us help you. This article includes the easiest care guide for growing this plant indoors and some secret tips to deal with its common problems.


  • Family: Araceae
  • Subfamily: Pothoideae
  • Genus: Anthurium

Origin and Distribution

This plant is native to Ecuador, and it is found in central to western Colombia. This plant is named after the person who collected and introduced it, Bette Waterburyanum.

Anthurium Waterburyanum Appearance


This elegant Anthurium plant has long, ovate-shaped leaves. The leaves are light-green to dark-green in color, depending on their growing conditions. Each leaf gets as long as 30 cm upon maturing.

Anthurium Waterburyanum Size

This plant attains a mature height of 30 to 40 cm, and its foliage occupies a space of 20 cm wide.

Anthurium Warocqueanum x Waterburyanum Hybrid

Anthurium Warocqueanum x Waterburyanum is a splendid hybrid cultivated through a cross between A. Warocqueanum and A. Waterburyanum. It is a fascinating hybrid with large, heart-shaped leaves that reach up to 3 feet long. This plant grows the best in a vivarium, but its size decreases due to the lesser space available.

Anthurium Waterburyanum Care

Anthurium Waterburyanum care involves using a well-draining, perlite-based potting mix as its growing medium and placing its pot in a brightly lit spot. This plant should be watered after every two days and fertilized every week. It thrives in 50% to 80% humidity, so try to install a humidifier indoors.

Quick Guide

  1. Watering: Every 2 to 3 days in the growing season.
  2. Soil type and pH: Well-draining, acidic soil (pH 5.5 and 6.5.)
  3. Sunlight: Medium to bright sunlight.
  4. Temperature: 20°C to 40°C.
  5. Humidity: 50% to 80%.
  6. Fertilizer: Weekly with a liquid fertilizer.
  7. Hardiness zones: 10 or higher.

Here is a detailed care guide for your help.

Anthurium Waterburyanum Watering

Anthurium Waterburyanum is a lovely tropical plant that loves being watered. In contrast to other Anthurium species, it requires more watering per week. It should be watered every 2 to 3 days with lukewarm water or ice cubes during the growing season. Many people believe that Anthuriums benefit from cold water more than warm water.

This plant should have an unclogged drainage hole so that the excess water can pass through it easily. Otherwise, the plant will get root rot due to standing water. You should water this plant more in summer and less in winters.

Soil Requirements

This Anthurium plant is susceptible to root rot. If it is overwatered, its roots will get mushy and soggy, and the plant will die sooner than you know. It is why it should be planted in a well-draining potting mix so that even if you overwater it, excess water drains down through the soil.

A regular potting mix with 50% soil and 50% perlite is ideal for this beautiful species. You can also use a well-draining orchid mix for Anthurium Waterburyanum. And make sure the pH of its soil remains between 5.5 and 6.5.

Anthurium Waterburyanum Sunlight

Incorrect light exposure has a direct effect on the foliage of this plant. It means if you have placed your plant in the wrong spot, it will notify you by giving signals through its leaves. Discolored or dull leaves mean that this plant needs more light exposure. And brown tips and scorched edges mean that it is getting too much direct sun. Medium or bright sunlight is enough for its proper growth, but it must be indirect; the direct sun is unsuitable for this plant. To protect this plant from direct sunlight, you should cover the windows with curtains (if your plant is sitting too near the window). However, 1 to 2 hours of the morning sun will benefit this plant. Morning sun is not as intense as afternoon sun, so it would not hurt your plant.

Temperature Tolerance

Anthurium Waterburyanum care involves placing its pot in a warmer spot inside a home. The ideal temperature range for its optimum growth is 20°C to 40°C. It is why it is the perfect houseplant for the tropics and subtropical regions.

Let us warn you that this plant is not tolerant of frosts, so you should never leave it outdoors in extreme winters. If the temperature is too low indoors, you should place this plant in a greenhouse or terrarium for some time to provide it with some warmth.


It requires moderate to high humidity to carry out the chemical reactions in its leaves. It is why its leaves lose their fresh colors in low humidity. The ideal humidity level for this plant is 80%, but it can also grow well in 50% humidity.

For such houseplants that need high humidity to function, you should install a humidifier in your home. A humidifier lets you increase the relative humidity to any desired level. You can also use a pebble tray to increase the number of water vapors in the surrounding air.


This plant needs more fertilization than the other similar Anthurium species. It needs to be fertilized every week with a regular houseplant fertilizer. However, if you use a slow-release fertilizer to feed this plant, you will not have to use it again for another 3 to 4 months.

For the best results, you should use a fertilizer that has high phosphorus levels. It is because phosphorus helps the plant produce healthy blooms.

Grooming and Pruning

The yellow leaves usually fall on their own in fall. New growth takes the place of the old foliage. But if your plant does not shed its leaves till spring, you should do it yourself. You should remove all the old stems and yellow leaves from the plant using a pair of sharp pruning shears. And let us tell you a DIY hack for disinfecting your shears: hold them under a flame for some minutes; they will be sterilized and freed of all bacteria. You can also use ethanol or rubbing alcohol for this purpose.

How to Propagate Anthurium Waterburyanum

The propagation technique for Anthurium Waterburyanum is just the same as the propagation of Anthurium’ Ace of Spades’ or Anthurium Debilis. You can propagate all these plants through their stem cuttings.

Follow this step-by-step guide for propagating your Anthurium Waterburyanum.

  1. Take a 3-4 inches healthy, long stem cutting from your plant by using sterilized secateurs.
  2. This stem cutting must have at least one leaf on it.
  3. Let its callus dry out for some hours. You can also put it in a bowl of rooting hormone to encourage faster growth.
  4. Fill a small pot with sphagnum moss or potting mix.
  5. Plant the cutting in the center of the pot.
  6. Water it and place it in bright, indirect sunlight.
  7. New shoots and roots will grow in 6 to 8 weeks.

Anthurium Waterburyanum Basic Features

Anthurium Waterburyanum Growth Rate

The growth rate of this plant is affected a lot by sunlight exposure. Usually, it grows at a moderate growth rate. But its growth slows down if placed in a darker corner of the house. So, if you want to watch your Anthurium Waterburyanum grow fast, place it in a brightly lit spot.


Always pick up the fallen leaves of this plant from the floor. Because if your pet or child eats them by mistake, they might get sick. The foliage of this plant contains calcium oxalate crystals which are poisonous for humans and animals. It is why you should try to keep your nibbling pets and toddlers away from this toxic plant.

Drought Tolerance

Being a drought-tolerant is another incredible feature of this lovely Anthurium. It actively stores water in its foliage as a backup in the case of a drought. If you forget to water this plant for an extended period, it goes into dormancy. And during those days, it uses up its saved water to keep it from dying.


If you are a beginner and wish to grow this plant, we recommend you go for it because it is a super easy-to-grow Anthurium with low-maintenance foliage.


This plant goes into dormancy due to three major causes: low light levels, low temperature, and droughts. The first two reasons happen every year during winters, so this plant goes into dormancy every winter. To bring a dormant plant back to life after a drought, you should water it thoroughly and place it under bright, indirect sunlight.

Common Problems and Their Solutions


Bacterial blight, leaf spot, and root rot are the three common diseases of this Anthurium type. Your plant can get these diseases due to overwatering, high humidity, or less air circulation.

  • To treat bacterial blight, spray the foliage with a fungicide.
  • Leaf spot can be treated by spritzing the leaves with diluted baking soda.
  • For treating root rot, you should remove all infected roots and change the potting mix.


Anthurium Waterburyanum can get pest infestations of spider mites, mealybugs, scales, thrips, and aphids. If you notice any of these pests on your plant’s leaves, remove them immediately; these sap-sucking pests can silently kill your plant. You can use either insecticidal spray or neem oil to get rid of these pests.

Frequently Asked Questions about Anthurium Waterburyanum

Can I Grow My Anthurium Waterburyanum in the Shade?

This plant can survive in partial shade, but its growth rate slows down in low light conditions. It would be best if you place it in a spot with bright, indirect sunlight.

Is It a Rare Plant?

Yes, this Anthurium species is a rare plant that originated in Ecuador. This plant is becoming popular by day due to its low-maintenance and elegant foliage.

Why Is My Plant Shedding Its Leaves All of a Sudden?

There could be two main reasons: overwatering or underwatering. In both these conditions, the plant starts to lose its leaves out of the blue.


Anthurium Waterburyanum is a perennial tropical plant with impressive foliage that proves to be a great ornamental plant indoors. This plant also cleans the air by removing harmful pollutants and releasing oxygen. Due to its easy-maintenance foliage, it can be grown even by beginners. So what are you waiting for? You should get this beautiful, resilient, drought-tolerant, and easy-to-grow houseplant for your home. It can boost up your morale every day with its eye-catching and pleasing foliage.

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