Anthurium crystallinum is part of the Araceae family and its native range is Panama to Colombia. It has a primarily terrestrial growth habit but is also found as an epiphyte. Anthurium crystallinum has an open sinus and terete petioles. Leaves are dark green with a velutinous appearance and shimmering silver-white venation.
The genus Anthurium is derived from the Greek ‘anthos’ for flower and ‘oura’ meaning tail; 'flower-tail', which probably refers to the tail-like spadix. The specific epithet comes from the Latin ‘crystallinus’ meaning ‘crystal-like’.
Height: Approximately 15cm from base of plastic terrarium.
Light: Bright shade, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.
Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings. I’ve also found adding coco chips and horticultural charcoal to the mix is great for the plant.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: Ideally 18-24°C.
Humidity: This Anthurium prefers higher humidity (70-80%), you can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Anthurium are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.