We run down everything to you need to know about the Anthurium Splendidum. The key to Anthurium Splendidum Care is very high humidity, some moving air and a constant temperature that does not get too high, a plant cabinet is a good idea for these plants…
Anthurium Splendidum Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if top 40% of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A well-diluted fertilizer with a high nitrogen content once a month in summer.|
|Soil:||A mixture of orchid mix and compost|
|Temperature:||18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Mold, bacteria and other pests on the leaves.|
The anthurium splendidum has to be seen to be believed, with it’s amazing pebble-leaf texture. It originates from Central America and is a really great looking rare house plant.
Tip: we recommend Etsy for buying plants. Look for the best rated seller you can, and try to buy as close to your home as possible so the plant does not travel too far.
Bright indirect sunlight is best to encourage growth of those leaves. A grow light is great too to keep a constant environment.
How Often to Water
You should water your anthurium splendidum when the top 40% of soil is dry. Check it twice a week.
Anthurium Splendidum Care Fertilizer
Feed once a month in summer, with a well-diluted fertilizer with a high nitrogen content.
An anthurium splendidum needs a very well draining compost, a mixture of orchid mix with your compost is great. For more on anthurium soil (what to buy and how to make your own) see our guide here: Anthurium Soil.
Tip: A plant cabinet is ideal, as you need to control a lot of the conditions. They can be tough to look after, as they require high humidity (80% or more!) and steady temperatures, under 25°C (77°F) ideally. They can suffer quickly if these needs are not met. And 80% humidity or more! They need a little bit of air to circulate because of the high humidity, to avoid rot.
When To Repot
Check your plant in Spring and repot them up a size or two if they need it.
Anthurium Splendidum Care Humidity
The ideal humidity is 80%, I know it’s high! But they really like humidity, and can quickly suffer if not given enough. Make sure there is some moving air too to avoid rot or mold.
18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) is best, they do not like to get too hot and can start to go down quickly over 25°C (77°F) so they don’t need special requirements in most homes other than to not let them get too cold in winter.
How To Propagate Anthurium Splendidum
The way to propagate your splendidum is to divide it at the base. Follow these steps:
- You need to wait until the plant is big enough so that it has a second plant at the base you can split it off at the roots.
- Take it out of its pot and take as much soil off the roots as you can.
- Take the smaller plant off the bigger plant. Be really careful at the point at which they are connected and try to limit damage to the plants. Make sure you tak stems and roots with the smaller plant.
- Then you can plant the plants up individually.
Do Anthurium Splendidum Flower?
They can flower with a really thin spadix and spathe, but it is rare that they flower indoors as houseplants.
Anthurium Splendidum USDA Zone
They can live outdoors in zones 11-12.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They are toxic if eaten, seek vets advice immediately.
For more on anthuriums see our anthurium category with all our different care and propagation guides.
Anthurium Splendidum Price
At time of writing (August 2022) they are between 100-130 Euros in Europe.
Anthurium Splendidum Mature
They can take two years to reach maturity, and can be a meter tall (3 feet)
Where To Buy
Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Anthurium Splendidum Care FAQs and Common Problems
Keep an eye out for mold and bacteria as well as other pests on the leaves. Check them at watering time each week. Another common issue is that you can get crispy or brown leaves from lack of humidity, in this case mist the plants regularly.