Welcome to our guide to anthurium warocqueanum care. The key to caring for a queen anthurium is to keep the soil moist but not soggy, and give it high humidity levels. We run down all you need to know about everyone’s favorite wish list plant.
Anthurium Warocqueanum Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Water when top 25% of soil is dry, check twice a week.|
|Fertilizer:||Once a month in spring and summer, with a well-diluted high nitrogen fertilizer.|
|Soil:||A mix of orchid bark, perlite and compost.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Common issues:||Lack of humidity issues like crisping.|
The anthurium warocqueanum a.k.a the queen anthurium is a really stunning anthurium with elongated droplet shaped leaves, originally from Columbia. If you don’t already own this plant, stop what you’re doing and go out and get one, they are immense! They are perfect if you have a plant display cabinet.
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 light is ideal. No direct light though or you could burn the leaves.
Tip: keep it in a grow cabinet if you can, they love constant light and humidity levels.
How Often to Water An Anthurium Warocqueanum
Water when the top 25% of soil is dry. Check it at twice a week. You want to aim to keep the soil mosit but not soaking wet or dry.
Feed your anthurium warocqueanum once a month in spring and summer, with a well-diluted high in nitrogen fertilizer.
An anthurium warocqueanum needs air to it’s roots, it will not do well in normal soil. It is often grown in a mix of orchid bark, perlite and compost. Or you can keep it in sphagnum moss to keep the roots in a lighter material than dense soil. For more on anthurium soil (what to buy and how to make your own) see our guide here: Anthurium Soil.
When To Repot An Anthurium Warocqueanum
Repot it in spring if it is outgrowing its current pot. I check my plants at Easter time so I can pot them up in time for when it gets warmer and they will need more space to grow.
60-70% humidity. They really like humidity, so consider a humidifier, or at least a water filled pebble tree underneath the pot and a regular misting.
Tip: get a humidity meter, this really does not like to drop to low humidity levels, we recommend a digital thermometer hygrometer (amazon affiliate link).
18°C-25°C (64-77°F) is a good range for these plants during the day. At night try to keep them above 10°C (50°F).
How To Propagate Anthurium Warocqueanum
Propagate your queen anthurium by diving it at the base. You’ll need a plant with small pups forming around the edge. Follow these steps:
- Take it out of it’s pot.
- Take as much soil off the roots as you can.
- Separate the plants out as best you can, make sure each plant comes away with it’s own root system as well as stems and laves.
- Then you can pot up the plants in their own pots and give them water.
For the best chance of success with propagating anthurium warocqueanum you should wait until the smaller pup is well established, the bigger it is, the better chance you’ll have of it working well. Also it is a good idea to leave the pup for a couple of hours after separating it from the main plant, before you pot it up to it’s new pot, as it will allow any open wounds to heal over. This will reduce the chance of rot.
Anthurium Warocqueanum USDA Zone
You can grow them outdoors if you live in zones 10 and 11.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
It is toxic to cats if eaten, as the plant contains calcium oxalate crystals which can cause numbness in the mouth and vomiting. Seek vets advice straight away if your pet consumes any.
Anthurium Warocqueanum Dark Form
The anthurium warocqueanum dark form is a brilliantly almost black darker green version of the original plant, and it has the same care needs. It may cost you a lot more though!
Anthurium Warocqueanum Esmeralda
The Esmeralda is a fairly new version of the queen anthurium for sale, with light green leaves and pronounced but thin veins. The veins on the anthurium warocqueanum esmeralda are much thinner and light that on the standard plant, which has wider and more pronounced veins.
How To Pronounce Anthurium Warocqueanum
It is pronounced war-o-kwee-an-um. Or if you are like me you just call it ‘queen anthurium’, it’s a lot easier!
Where To Buy An Anthurium Warocqueanum
See also: our guide to Anthurium Vittarifolium Care.
FAQs and Common Problems
Watch out for lack of humidity issues like crisping. Also keep an eye out for pest on those leaves, see our Houseplant Pests and Problems category for more on this.
Any issues caused by over watering, underwatering or lack of humidity will show on the leaves. Keep an eye on humidity and watering and you should get the best out of your plant.
Buy: we recommend a digital thermometer hygrometer (amazon affiliate link) to measure humidity.
- More info on the Wikipedia page.
- More info on the Kew Gardens plant page.
- More info on the Exotic Rainforest plant page.