We run down everything to you need to know about anthurium forgetii care. They key to caring for the forgetii is moist soil but not dry or soggy, and high humidity.
Anthurium Forgetii Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight. No direct.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if top 25% of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A well-diluted high nitrogen fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A mix of orchid bark, perlite and compost.|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Humidity issues like browning or crisping of the leaves.|
The anthurium forgetii, natively from Colombia, is a beautiful small plant with droplet shaped green leaves and big bold white or light veining. As long as you meet a few care needs it will do well in most homes.
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Medium to bright indirect sunlight. No direct sun though, you don’t want to burn the leaves.
How Often to Water
Check the plant weekly and water it when top 25% of soil is dry, check twice a week in the warmer summer months. The soil wants to stay moist but not dry or waterlogged.
Use a well-diluted high nitrogen fertilizer once a month in spring and summer. Feel free not to use fertilizer, but it can help to encourage faster and bigger leaf growth.
A really well draining soil is great for anthuriums, I use a mix of orchid bark, perlite and compost. For more on anthurium soil (what to buy and how to make your own) see our guide here: Anthurium Soil.
Tip: for more on anthurium soil (what to buy and how to make your own) see our guide here: Anthurium Soil.
When To Repot
Check your plant in Easter and then repot it if it needs it or might need more space over the forthcoming growing months.
Anthurium Forgetii Humidity
60-70% is best for an anthurium forgetii, they thrive when given high humidity.
Tip: Keep them humid, aim for 70% in the day and they’ll be ok with a bit less at night. You can buy a humidity meter (affiliate link) to keep an eye on maximum and minimum levels.
18°C-25°C (64-77°F) is ideal, don’t let them get too cold (less than 10°C / 50°F) at night.
How To Propagate Anthurium Forgetii
Your best bet is to separate out pups that form at the base once the plant has grown big enough and started to grow the smaller pups. You just need to take the plant out of its soil, and then gently separate the pups from the main plant, be as careful as you can so you don’t damage the plants. I then leave them for half a day or so, so that any damaged parts heal over. Then pot all the plants up separately.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They contain calcium oxalate, which is toxic to cats and can cause numbness, and vomiting, so contact your vet immediately if your cat has eaten any.
Anthurium Warocqueanum X Forgetii
There is a Warocqueanum / Forgetii hybrid in the pipeline, at the time of writing I could not find one to buy, buy there are breeders working on it.
Anthurium Forgetii X Ace Of Spades
There is a Forgetii / Ace Of Spades hybrid on the market which is really similar the forgeti but with a much darker leaf color.
How Big Does Anthurium Forgetii Get?
They don’t grow huge but can get up to 1.5 meters (5 feeet) in height if given optimal conditions and are a mature. .
Do Anthurium Forgetii Flower?
They can flower, they put out a creamy white stalk above the plant with spadix.
Anthurium Forgetii Dark Form
The anthurium forgetii dark form is a much darker-leaved and rarer variety of the plant. It can be treated exactly the same as the standard forgetti in terms of care and propagation.
Anthurium Forgetii Silver
The forgetti silver is a green leaved anthurium, with silver veining.
Anthurium Forgetii Dark Vs Silver
You can tell the difference in these two type of forgetti as the dark form is a very dark green, while the silver has luscious forest green colored leaves.
Anthurium Forgetii Vs Crystallinum
The forgetti has no sinus, the indent at the top of the leaf, so the leaves are totally oval shaped, where as the crystallinum has an indent at the top, making the leaves more heart shaped.
Where To Buy
Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Anthurium Forgetii Care FAQs and Common Problems
Humidity issues are the most common, like browning or crisping of the leaves due to lack of ambient humidity. You may need to consider a humidifier for these plants.
- More info on the Wikipedia page.
- More info on the Kew Gardens plant Page.
- More info on the RHS plant Page.