Are you craving for an unusually striking plant crafted with immense art? Well, if so, Anthurium wendlingeri is definitely for you.
It offers your space tropical vibes with its long, dangling, elongated lush green shiny leaves. The cascading leaves, along with twisted blooms, make it a plant of beauty and art.
Interestingly, the variety is not that hard to care for. Its care requirements are similar to other tropical plants.
Generally, Anthurium wendlingeri prefers 8-10 hours of bright indirect light, high humidity above 70%, warm temperature ranging between 60-85°F, nutrient-rich soil, and repotting once in 2-3 years.
If you want to learn more about Anthurium wendlingeri, continue reading the article.
I have mentioned its basic nature, where to buy, and the care tips in the subheadings below.
Table of Contents
- Overview of Anthurium Wendlingeri
- Where to Buy Anthurium Wendlingeri?
- A Complete Guide to Anthurium Wendlingeri Care
- Toxicity of Anthurium Wendlingeri
- Propagation Methods for Anthurium Windlingeri
- Common Problems in Anthurium Wendlingeri
- FAQs About Anthurium Wendlingeri
- To Wrap It UP!
Overview of Anthurium Wendlingeri
Anthurium wendlingeri is a large and spectacular epiphytic Anthurium species first reported in 1965 based on a living plant found in Turrialba, Costa Rica.
For the next 20 years or more, it appears to have been pretty uncommon in cultivation.
|Scientific Name||Anthurium wendlingeri|
|Common Name||Anthurium wendlingeri|
|Native||Tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, Panamá and Caribbean|
|Growth Zone||Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)|
|Plant Type||Tropical evergreen perennial aroids|
|Leaf length||5.5 feet (1.5 m)|
|Leaf spread||5 inches (12.7 cm)|
|Grown For||Foliage and flowers|
|Foliage Type||Long elongated dark green foliage that turns flat on maturity|
|Flower Type||Inflorescence produces spadix that is initially straight but later turns to corkscrew shape bearing long pointy tip|
|Toxicity||Toxic to both humans and pets|
Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa released a report in 1978 confirming that they were growing and hybridizing Anthurium wendlingeri with Anthurium scherzerianum in the early 1970s.
Tropicos records reveal that the Missouri Botanical Gardens had at least one flowering-sized plant in their collection in 1986.
Where to Buy Anthurium Wendlingeri?
As Anthurium wendlingeri is rare, you cannot find them easily in local nurseries. Only specialized nurseries and online portals sell these varieties.
Here are a few portals from where you can buy Anthurium wendlingeri.
|Places to Buy||Expected Delivery|
|Etsy||Your product will likely arrive within 7-10 days.|
|Illexotics.com||You will likely receive your product within 7 days.
They provide thermal insulation and heating pads while delivering in winter.
|NSE Tropicals||It will take about 4-7 days to ship and deliver your plant.|
|Araflora||The product will be dispatched and delivered after the payment has been done.
You will be informed about the expected delivery date.
A Complete Guide to Anthurium Wendlingeri Care
Tropical plants are not that hard to care for. But, you can care for them without much difficulty under proper guidance.
To grow Anthurium wendlingeri properly, we need to know its care requirements. Hence, let us dive straight into its care and grow guides.
Here are the basic guidelines to grow Anthurium wendlingeri.
|Sunlight||7-10 hours of bright indirect light|
|Watering||Once a week during summer and 2-3 times a month in winter|
|Humidity||Above 70% of the relative humidity|
|Temperature||60- 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius)|
|Soil Type||Light, porous, well-draining, nutrient-rich|
|Fertilization||Once a month in growing season|
|Pruning||Rare pruning, prune only damaged and dead parts|
|Pot Size||5-10 inches, Terracotta or Clay pots|
|Repotting||Once in 2-3 years|
|Propagation||Via root-ball division, Stem cuttings and seeds|
|Common Pest||Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider mites and Scales|
|Common Diseases||Root rot, Leaf spot, Bacterial blight and Black nose disease|
1. Bright Filtered Sunlight and Proper Location
Anthurium wendlingeri needs a plethora of sunlight. That being said, it can survive in medium light as well.
But, I advise you to provide it with about 7-10 hours of bright indirect light.
An indoor space that experiences 70-80% of the total light intensity is best for Anthurium wendlingeri.
By the by, be careful not to expose your plant to harsh sunlight. It despises exposure to extreme high and low light intensity.
Symptoms of Insufficient Sunlight
- The plant exhibits stunted growth.
- It becomes leggy and dull.
- Its leaves start to drop, limp, and curl.
- In case of prolonged light deficiencies, leaves might even fall off.
- It hinders the photosynthesis process and the overall physiological function of the plant.
- The plant loses its green pigmentation due to a decrease in chlorophyll production.
Symptoms of Excessive Sunlight
- Its leaves turn yellow and pale.
- Tips of leaf turn brown.
- Leaves become crispy and dry.
- Extreme sun exposure causes a high rate of transpiration (water loss from the plant’s leaves).
- It leads to problems such as curling off leaves.
Tips to Provide Adequate Light and Location
- The best location for Anthurium wendlingeri is near an eastern acting window reflecting morning sunlight.
- You can place the plant one foot away from a southern or western-facing window.
- While growing outdoors, choose a shaded patio or spot that receives 30-40% of the total light intensity.
- Use a curtain to block direct rays coming from the window.
- Use artificial grow lights during winter.
- Introduce the plant to grow lights if the light is not sufficient. Consider providing them with about 7-9 hours of LED Lights.
- Avoid direct shifting the plant from a bright space to a low light area and vice versa.
Pro Tip: Rotate the plant once in 1-2 weeks to obtain balanced growth.
2. Adequate Watering
The most hectic part about growing a tropical plant is meeting their watering requirement.
Anthurium wendlingeri plants love consistently moist soil. Water your Anthurium once a week in summer and twice or thrice a month in winter.
They despise soggy soil. Hence you need to be highly cautious about the soil moisture in them.
Prolonged exposure of roots to soggy soil invites anabolic activity in the soil, causing bacterial and fungal infection.
Besides, the watering requirements of Anthurium wendlingeri depend on the type of pot you are using.
A plastic or metal pot requires less watering than cement or terracotta pots.
Signs of Watering Issues in Anthurium Wendlingeri
In the case of Anthurium wendlingeri, overwatering can be more problematic compared to underwatering.
Generally, both overwatering and underwatering show similar symptoms, which includes;
- Yellowing and discoloration of foliage
- Drooping and wilting of foliage
- Stunted growth
- Leggy and dull appearance
However, you can identify an underwater plant from an overwatered one by inspecting the plant deeply.
Generally, overwatering causes dried and crispy foliage along with growth edges. In contrast, overwatering causes limp and soft foliage.
Save an Overwatered Plant
The chance of revival of your Anthurium wendlingeri drops along with the severity of the plant.
The most common problem you have to deal with regarding overwatering is root rot. Unfortunately, you can only save your Anthurium if it has not gone through severe rot.
- Inspect its roots. Do you feel them mushy and limp? Are they dark black or brown? If yes, your plant has started to rot.
- Take sterilized pruning shears and cut off all the damaged roots.
- Ensure to disinfect your pruning instrument in between cuttings.
- Then, leave the roots to dry in the air for a couple of hours.
- Afterward, dip its roots in a fungicide.
- Once the roots dry out, repot it in a new potting mix and avoid watering for a couple of weeks.
Save an Underwatered Plant
It might be difficult to save an Anthurium subject to prolonged drought. However, if your plant is only slightly underwatered, you can save it.
- Take a shallow container filled with tepid water.
- Drench the pot of your Anthurium in the water.
- After a couple of minutes, you will start to see bubbles forming on top of the soi. Wait until the bubble stops.
- Then, remove the pot from the water. Your plant will likely revive within 24-72 hours.
- Consider continuing the same process after the top 25% of the soil dries out.
Tips to Water Anthurium Wendingleri Properly
- Consider watering your Anthurium only after the top 2-inches of soil dries out.
- Ensure that you water the plant thoroughly whenever watering. The soil is fully saturated only after the water drains out.
- Immediately empty the water collected in the saucer to prevent the roots from sitting on the water.
- Avoid excessively hot or cold water. It is best to use room temperature or tepid water.
- Use salt-free water to water your Anthurium.
- Consider using rainwater for Anthurium wendlingeri.
- You can also opt for self-watering pots.
Pro Tip: To inspect soil moisture, insert your finger 1/2 inches into the soil. If the soil feels dry water it immediately; otherwise, wait for a couple of days.
3. Warm Temperature
Anthurium wendlingeri prefers warm temperatures because they are tropical plants.
The ideal temperature for Anthurium wendlingeri is about65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, the plant can survive at temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).
When the temperature rises above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it experiences a higher transpiration rate. It leads to curling and burning of the foliage.
Similarly, a temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit ceases cellular activities. The water in the cell freezes, and the tension created leads to cell rupture in severe cases.
It also causes stunted growth, yellowing, and drooping of the foliage. Also, protect your Anthurim from high-temperature fluctuation as it stresses the plant.
If you live in USDA hardiness zones 11 or higher, you can grow them outdoors during summer.
Tips to Maintain Warm Temperature
- Bring the outdoor Anthurium indoors during frosty nights.
- You can use frost blankets and heating pads to protect plants from cold.
- Providing insulation is another excellent way to maintain soil temperature.
- You can introduce small plants to a terrarium or a mini greenhouse to prevent cold.
- Increasing humidity is a way to cope with high temperatures.
- Avoid growing Anthurium in draft areas, heating and cooling vents like radiators and heaters.
4. High Humidity
As a tropical plant, Anthurium wendlingeri adores humidity above 80%.
Low humidity causes curling, discoloration, wilting, limping, drooping, and falling off the foliage.
Thus, be cautious about maintaining bare minimum humidity of about 70% for your Anthurium.
Maintaining such high humidity might be tricker in indoor space. But, do not worry, we have got you tips to maintain high humidity for your Anthurium wendlingeri.
Tips to Maintain High Humidity
- Grouping your plants is an excellent way to increase the humidity by natural perspiration. However, it may lead to easy pest infestation.
- You could also place the plants close to the bathroom and kitchen to provide them with humid air.
- Alternatively, you can keep a wet pebble tray as it helps increase humidity when the water in the tray evaporates.
- Mist your plants in the early hours of the day.
- Alternatively, you could use an electric humidifier.
5. Well-Draining Nutrient Rich Soil
The best soil type for Anthurium wendlingeri is light, porous, well-draining, moisture-retaining, and nutrient-rich soil.
A highly compacted soil hampers roots mechanically and compresses air pockets. Thus, it causes choking of the roots in lack of oxygen flow.
Hence, I advise you not to use regular garden soil for Anthurium. Besides, as Anthurium loves consistently moist substrate, the potting mix should retain moisture. However, the soil should not be waterlogged.
You can also opt for a moisture meter to measure soil moisture. But, let me warn you, they are not always accurate.
Moisture meter releases soil conductivity primarily affected by the salts content in fertilizers and other soil mixes like pumice, perlite, barks, charcoal.
Thus, these external factors may sometimes mess up with your readings.
The best soil mix for Anthurium is the orchid or African violet potting mix.
Here are a few commercial potting mixes that you can use for Anthurium wendlingeri.
- Miracle-Gro potting MMixSun Bulb 5011 Better-Gro Phalaenopsis Mix
- Espoma AP8 8-Quart Organic Potting Mix
- Dr. Earth Pot of Gold All Purpose Potting Soil
- Espoma AV4, Organic African Violet Potting Mix
Alternatively, you can choose to prepare your potting mix. Here are the recipes I use for my Anthuriums.
- Mix 1 of part orchid potting mix
- One part of sphagnum moss/peat moss/ Coconut coir
- One part perlite or pumice
- Half part of quality organic compost.
- And 1/4 part of coarse sand.
Pro Tip: You can also use rice husk, pine barks, charcoal, vermiculite, dried grass, etc to make the soil light and porous.
In addition, pH is essential for the proper nutrient absorption and filtration of toxins. The ideal soil Ph for Anthurium wendlingeri is between 5.5 – 6.5.
6. Adequate Fertilization
Anthurium wendlingeri are relatively heavy feeders when properly cultivated, and new leaves should always be at least as long as the last leaf.
Any “shrinkage” on new growth, unless signs of leaf loss, suggests that more feeding is needed.
Moreover, the quality food you feed, the better the plant shine.
It is ideal for fertilizing Anthuriums once every two months in the growing season. Reduce the frequency to only one time in the dormant season.
Here is the different category of nutrients your Anthurium wendlingeri needs.
- Macronutrients – Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium
- Micronutrients – Iron, Boron, Chlorine, Copper, Zinc, etc.
- Secondary nutrients- Calcium, Magnesium, Sulphur, etc.
All of these supplements can be fulfilled by N.P.K-rich fertilizers. Consider using a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10 for your Anthurium.
Quick Tip: Add a fair amount of balanced NPK formula six or nine month time release Nutricote to the soil mix, as well as small volumes of slow release encapsulated gypsum and dolomite.
Besides, you can also use all-purpose liquid fertilizer for your Anthurium.
Frankly, I try using organic fertilizers for all sorts of plants. These fertilizers help nourish both plant and soil—besides, organic fertilizer retains soil moisture.
In addition, ensure not to overfertilize your plant. It leads to excessive salts accumulation, which burns and hinders root development.
7. Growth Habits
Anthuriums are slow to moderate growers. If given proper care, you can boost their growth rate. Generally, it produces new foliage every 8-10 weeks.
Its leaves are pendant-shaped elongated, dark-colored featuring a velvety surface. On exposure to sunlight, its leaves shine glittery.
Besides, When the leaves mature, it turns flat, giving them a long- flat appearance. While young, they are slightly curved at the edges.
Moreover, its pendant foliage bears creases on the surface.
Anthurium wendlingeri leaves can reach a length of 5.5 feet (1.5 m) and a spread of 5 inches (12.7 cm).
While growing in an enclosed space, you can expect its leaves to be around 3.9 ft (1.2m) long.
Interestingly, there is another variety of Anthurium wendlingeri, which produces short narrow leaves.
Hence, do not get confused if your leaves are different from what I described above.
8. Flowering Habits
Anthurium wendlingeri is known for its unusual inflorescences. Besides, what’s more interesting about the inflorescence is that it lasts longer compared to other varieties of Anthuriums.
Its spathe bears purplish-green color while its spadix is grayish-white in color.
The inflorescence produces a spadix that is initially straight but later turns to a corkscrew shape bearing a long pointy tip at the end.
Moreover, its peduncles can reach 15 inches (40 cm). These Anthuriums also bear red-colored fruit once in a blue. However, the chances are less while growing them indoors.
You can harvest seeds for its fruits which can be propagated into a new Anthurium wendlingeri.
9. Potting and Repotting
Generally, you can use any potting material for Anthurium wendlingeri. I generally use terracotta or pot made out of coconut husk.
These pot supports good drainage aeration and maintain soil temperature. You can use any type but ensure that the pot has suitable drainage holes.
The ideal pot for growing Anthurium wendlingeri is a 5-8 inches pot. You can choose a pot that is about 2 inches large than the diameter of the root ball.
Repotting Anthurium Wendlingeri
Anthurium wendlingeri are slow to moderate growers; they do not require frequent repotting. The ideal frequency to repot them is once every two to three years.
Besides, the best time to repot Anthurium wendlingeri is during spring or summer when it grows actively.
Otherwise, you can check for the signs of root-bound. If its root is bound, you need to repot them. Here are common signs of rootbound in Anthurium.
- Stunted growth
- Discoloration and yellowing of foliage
- Leaf shrinkage
- Limp and drooping of foliage
- Roots are severely entangles
- Roots are poking out of the drainage holes.
Tips to Repot Anthurium Wendlingeri
As the plant is slightly difficult to handle, you need to be highly aware while repotting it. Here are the steps to follow.
- Water your Anthurium a day earlier to repotting them.
- I advise you to put on safety measures like goggles, masks, and gloves as the plant is toxic.
- Loosen and remove the top 25% of the soil.
- Then, gently tap around the perimeter of the pot and gradually remove the plant along with the soil.
- Remove the soil from the roots. At this point, you can also prune its damaged roots.
- Afterward, fetch a clean container and layer it with a few pebbles.
- Fill the pot with a new potting mix till half.
- Afterward, place the plant at the center of the pot. And fill the remaining space with soil.
- Gently, press the soil down. Ensure to leave about an inch of space for future fertilization.
- Now, water the plant thoroughly, and leave it bright indirect light.
Note: The plant might show signs of wilting and drooping for a few days. It is due to transplant shock, stay calm, it will soon revive after necessary adaptation.
1o. Rare Pruning
Unlike other Anthuriums, Wendlingeri does not require excessive pruning.
You can prune them to maintain a convenient size or remove dead and damaged parts. Except for these two reasons, Anthurium wendlingeri does not require pruning.
Always ensure that you use sterilized pruning shears while pruning. Also, avoid pruning more than 20% of parts at a time.
Consider pruning them after the end of the fall as they will grow back in the forthcoming spring.
Toxicity of Anthurium Wendlingeri
Anthurium wendlingeri is toxic to both humans and pets. It contains calcium oxalates crystals which cause harm when injected.
Besides, if you contact its sap, it can cause skin and eye irritation. Similarly, if ingested, it causes breathing difficulty, swollen lips and tongue, nausea, vomiting, and burning sensation in the stomach.
In pets, it causes drooling, vomiting, irritability, and pawing at the mouth.
I advise you to seek medical assistance immediately if you are exhibiting such symptoms.
You can see signs of drooling, pawing at the mouth, and vomiting in pets. For pets, you can contact a local veteran Call the APCC at (888) 426-4435.
Propagation Methods for Anthurium Windlingeri
Propagation of Anthurium wendlingeri involves three different methods. Among these, two are asexual methods of propagation, and seed germination is a sexual method of propagation.
You can obtain identical new plants if you propagate them by the asexual method. In contrast, the sexual method might lead to a new plant with slight characteristics.
The best time to propagate Anthurium wendlingeri is during spring, when the plant is actively growing.
Here are different methods of propagating Anthurium wendlingeri.
- Rootball division
- Stem Cuttings
- Seed germination
Note: Propagating Anthurium wendlingeri via seeds is for pro growers. Generally, harvesting seeds of Anthurium wendlingeri is a difficult and a long process.
1. Propagation Via Rootball Division
- Water the plant a day before propagating it. It strengthens the roots system, which later helps in better adaptation.
- Now, uproot the plant carefully from the pot.
- Remove the soil attached to the rootball. And slowly unentangle its root.
- Then, divide the offsets into as many portions as you like. But, ensure that each part has at least two leaves and its root system.
- Divide the roots as if you are dividing an orange. You can also use a sharp knife to separate roots.
- The new offsets are ready to be propagated.
- Transfer these sections to bigger pots and fill them with a rich, well-drained potting mix.
- Please keep it in a bright, humid environment with plenty of moisture in the growing medium.
2. Propagation Via Stem cuttings
Anthurium wendlingeri are aroids. It means that these plants nodes. Hence, you can propagate them through stem cuttings.
Here are the steps to follow.
- Inspect for a healthier stem with nodes. Assure that it is free from pests and diseases infestation.
- Take a sharp knife or pruning shears and make an incision just below the nodes.
- Apply some of the rooting hormones to the cuttings.
- Now, the stem is ready to be propagated.
Note: Cuttings taken during the dormant season rarely root, and you’ll waste the valuable leaves.
Choosing the Right Propagation Medium
You can propagate thus obtained part both in soil and water.
1. Soil Propagation
- Take a clean pot with 2-3 drainage holes.
- Now, layer its bottom with a few pebbles.
- Half fill the pot with the potting mix. Then, insert the cuttings or offset at the center.
- Afterward, fill the pot with potting mix till the brim.
- Water the plant adequately and leave it in a brightly lit space.
- Your cuttings will most likely root within 4-6 weeks.
Note: The root ball division process is far more resilient than stem cutting.
2. Water Propagation
It is generally an easy propagation medium, But sometimes water propagation might also lead to root rot. Hence, you need to seek a peek at your plants.
I generally prefer soil propagation rather than water.
Here are steps to follow for water propagation.
- Take a transparent clean jar.
- Fill it with tepid water and place the plant propagated in the water.
- Ensure that the roots and the nodes are submerged in the water.
- Also, change the water every 3-4 days.
- Your cuttings will most likely produce roots after four weeks.
Learn more about How to Propagate Anthuriums?
Common Problems in Anthurium Wendlingeri
1. Common Pests
Anthurium wendlingeri demands high humidity. The drawback of it is the moisture attracts pests and diseases.
Thus, although Anthuriums are resilient against pests, they may catch a few common pests.
Here are the common pests and their signs in Anthurium wendlingeri.
|Mealy Bugs||1. White cotton-like substance develops on the undersides of the foliage.
2. Curling, wilting and drooping of leaves.
|Aphids||1. Curling and limping of leaves.
2. Incidence of the pest might cause falling off leaves.
3. Stunted growth
|Spider Mites||1. Bleached and yellowed foliage and flowers.
2. Stippled and yellowed leaves.
3. Fine webbing on foliage.
|Scales||1. Brown or black bumpy lumps on the undersides of the leaves.
2. Wilting and drooping of leaves.
- Spraying the plants with horticulture oils such as neem oil is advised.
- You can also use insecticidal soap water.
- Remove all of the infected parts using sharp pruning shears.
- Knocking off pests with isopropyl alcohol is a good idea to clear off pests.
- Using the cotton ball dipped in isopropyl alcohol and running it along the infected surface would knock off the pests in an easy way.
- In case of high infestation, synthetic insecticides containing Pyrethrin are recommended.
- Avoiding soggy soil is to be avoided to protect from pests.
- Providing a shower to the plant once every four weeks is helpful in knocking off pests and their eggs.
- Wiping off the plant’s leaves with soap water every 10-15 days would help the plants wade off the pests.
- Grouping multiple plants are discouraged with Anthurium wendlingeri.
2. Disease Infestation
Anthurium wendlingeri is resilient against disease. However, an unfavorable growing environment might yield the following diseases in them.
|Common Diseases||Causative Agent|
|Root Rot Disease||Phytophthora and Pythium|
|Black Nose Disease||Colletotrichum gloeosporioides|
|Leaf Spot Fungus||Alternaria, Cercospora, Colletotrichum (anthracnose), and Myrothecium.|
|Bacterial Blight||Xanthomonas axonopodis|
Signs and Symptoms
- Discolored and bleached foliage
- Brown or black circular patches appear along foliage edges
- Stunted growth
- Hindrance in plant’s physiological functioning
- Wilting, limping, drooping, and falling off the leaves
- Foul or rotten smells resembling fish odor can be found
- Growth of mold in the upper layer of the soil
- Roots turn mushy and limp
- Tiny water-soaked marks might appear on the undersides of the leaves
Treat Diseases in Anthurium Wendlingeri
- Deadhead the infected part as soon as possible using sterilized pruning shears.
- You can use fungicides containing copper, mancozeb, or thiophanate methyl to regulate lea spots.
- Take a fork and scrape the top layer of the soil to prevent fungal growth.
- If the roots are rot, repot them in a new container using a fresh potting mix. Before that ensure to remove all of the dead and mushy parts.
- Unfortunately, saving a severely affected Anthurium is difficult.
- Avoid misting of leaves at night as it makes your Anthurium susceptible to disease.
- Keep your plant away from other infected plants.
- Inspect the plant well before buying them.
- Avoid overhead and overwatering.
- Spraying your Anthurium with fungicides twice a year is a good way to immune them.
FAQs About Anthurium Wendlingeri
Is Anthurium Wendlingeri Rare?
Anthurium Wendlingeri stands as a unique variety of Anthurium. Long dangling, elongated leaves with twisted corkscrew blooms give it unusual.
It is one of the rare plants that hobbyist growers pursue due to its unique blend of art and appearance.
Why are my Anthurium Wendlingeri Leaves Curling?
The most prominent reason for the curling of leaves in Anthurium Wendlingeri is temperature, lighting, and humidity issues.
It thrives in bright indirect sunlight, high humidity, and warm temperature. In unfavorable conditions, its leaves curls.
To Wrap It UP!
Anthurium Wendlingeri is not among the high maintenance plant. You can easily care for them if you follow all the guidelines I instructed above.
The plant is simply popular for its strikingly unusual appearance and flowers. If you want an unusual variety of plants in your collection, get yourself one.
After all, why not reward yourself with this beautiful plant when you have mastered its caring tips?