Our ultimate guide to Anthurium Radicans care and propagation. The key to caring for this plant is to keep the soil moist and give it high humidity.
Anthurium Radicans Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight. No direct.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if top 30% of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Feed well-diluted high in nitrogen fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A mix of orchid bark, perlite as well as normal compost.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Common issues:||Pests, overwatering.|
The anthurium radicans (sometimes know as anthurium radican) is a small dragon-skin leaved anthurium which is relatively easy to grow for an anthurium. They will show any issues on their big leaves so you want to met their care needs, i.e. give them a lot of light but no direct to encourage big leaf growth but to not burn them and high humidity. We run down all you need to know…
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Anthurium Radicans Light Needs
Medium to bright indirect light is best, avoid direct sunlight though. A grow light is great for anthuriums to be honest as with some tweaking you can get the light exactly right.
Tip: they need a lot of light, but no direct sun which can burn those beautiful leaves.
How Often to Water
Check your anthurium radicans once a week and only water it when the top 30% of soil is dry. They like to be moist but not dry, but at the same time they do no like to be overwatered so checking them regularly is a good idea.
Feed the plant a well-diluted nitrogen fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
You need a really well draining soil, I use a mix of orchid bark, perlite as well as normal compost in equal parts. For more on anthurium soil (what to buy and how to make your own) see our guide here: Anthurium Soil.
When To Repot
Repot in spring to refresh the soil and pot it up a size if needed. They do not grow very fast so you probably won’t need to pot it up a size each year.
Anthurium Radicans Humidity
60-70% or even more. They really like to be humid and giving them a high humidity will help to get the best out of them. I keep most of my anthuriums in a cabinet and the humidity is much higher, but aim for 60% or more as they really thrive in these high levels of humidity.
Tip: Keep them humid, aim for 60% 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.
20-30°C (68-86°F) is ideal in the day, they are warm loving plants these. At night, try to keep above 12°C (54°F). All in all they are great plants to put in a plant cabinet, as they like high humidity and temperature, you can also control their light needs very accurately.
How To Propagate Anthurium Radicans
Propagate an anthurium radicans by taking it out of it’s pot and splitting it at the base, then potting the plants up separately. You’ll need a big enough plant so be patient, but once it is big enough they are easy to separate, just take the plant out of it’s pot and shake off as much soil as you can Then careful prize a smaller plant off, taking roots and stems with it. You can then plant them both up separately.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
It is toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause sickness, so seek vets advice immediately if you think your pet has eaten any.
Radicans Vs Monstera Peru
These two plants can look really similar with their bullate leaves. They are easy enough to tell apart as the Anthurium Radicans has much more symmetrical and more bullate leaves. It has less leaves, but they tend to be bigger too. Also the Anthurium Radicans has a brown hue to the back of its leaves.
Anthurium Radicans Vs Luxurians
The anthurium radicans and luxurians are really similar plants both known for their bullate, blistered-looking leaves. The easiest way to tell them apart is the radicans has much more heart shaped leaves that have a more slender point at the bottom, and the luxurians leaves are more oval and wider. There is also a hybrid available commercially: the Anthurium Radicans x Luxurians, which is a great cross of these two beautiful plants.
anthurium radicans USDA Zone
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Anthurium Radicans Care FAQs and Common Problems
Common issues are pests on the leaves, so keep and eye out and check both sides of the leaves each time you water your plant.
They flower with a spadix (sort of like a peace lily). They can flower each year and are bred a lot as hybrids as they can be cross pollinated with other plant fairly easily.
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