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Do you want your gorgeous luxurians looking its best? Or are you thinking about investing in this rare beauty? Sit back and keep on reading. You’ll learn all about Anthurium luxurians care right here.
Because it’s a very rare plant to find with a high price tag, it can be intimidating to care for this plant, but fear not. This anthurium is not too fussy and requires almost the same amount of care as other aroids you may own. By the end of this article, you’ll know all there is to have a thriving luxurians stunner.
Anthurium luxurians Care – Quick Guide
Light: Bright Indirect Light (2000-4000 LUX). Avoid direct sun!
Soil: Well-draining, loose, airy soil
Watering: Water fully when the top 2 inches of soil is dry. Let soil dry out between watering.
Humidity: Thrives in humidity greater than 60%
Temperature: Warm. 65º – 85ºF / 17º – 29ºC
Fertilizing: Osmocote every 3-6 months, Fish Emulsion Diluted 1/4th Strength Weekly/Bi-Weekly
Where Is Anthurium luxurians From?
Native to Colombia and Ecuador, the Anthurium luxurians, once known as Anthurium splendid, is one of the most gorgeous, rare, and highly sought-after aroids available.
Exotic and Luxurious Leaves
With its beautiful bullate texture, inky dark green foliage, and ruby-like spadix seed berries, this Anthurium truly lives up to its name “luxurians”. Found in wet, low-light tropical forests, this anthurium adapted to its environment by developing its peculiar leaf texture. Luxurian’s blistered leaf texture increases the surface area for light absorption. The texture of the leaves also form drainage channels which helps quickly repel water, keeping the leaves dry.
How Much Light Does Your Luxurians Need?
Luxurians doesn’t need much light. With that said, this does not mean you should place it in a shady corner in your room or kitchen. Like most aroids, you want to place the plant where it has access to bright indirect light. To be more exact, the plant will do well in light levels between 2000 and 4000 LUX.
Judging what “bright indirect light” is can be tricky. We use LUX light meters to be more precise. If you don’t have a LUX light meter, consider placing the plant by an east-facing window or even a south-facing window with filtered light. If none of your windows offer sufficient light, or the space your plant is in has no windows at all, your only other option is using grow lights.
Anthuriums are generally more sensitive to light than most aroids. With that said, avoid direct sunlight at all costs. You will scorch the leaves, which will in-turn scorch your feelings and your wallet.
Luxurians Soil Requirements
These plants require well-draining aerated soil. Use a quality potting mix that is mixed in with perlite. You can also substitute your potting mix for cactus/succulent soil if you want added drainage.
But, this is a luxurians after all, so treat your plant and mix up your own soil. We always use our aroid soil mix, which will work well as part of your Anthurium luxurians care regimen. It will help keep your luxurians’ roots healthy and prevent root rot.
As always, make sure the pot you put your plant in has drainage holes, which is another measure to help prevent root rot.
Anthurium Luxurians Water Requirements
Watering requirements for the luxurians is easily manageable and straight-forward. Simply water your plant when the top two inches of the soil is dry. The easiest way to check is by sticking your pointer finger in up to the second knuckle. If your finger feels dry, it’s time to water. The important thing to remember is avoiding overwatering. The luxurians has big, juicy roots which are prone to root rot if overwatered . If in doubt, it is always better to underwater than to overwater. Lastly, warmer months will require more frequent watering, while colder months require less frequent watering.
How Much Humidity Does Your Luxurians Need?
When it comes to the health of your luxurians, your relative humidity is as important as watering. Relative humidity, however, is commonly overlooked. For example, how often have you seen an indoor houseplant with crispy brown-edged leaves? It is likely due to low relative humidity. Generally, this plant will do well in a relative humidity of 60% or greater. If you live in a tropical area, you’re in luck. You don’t need to think too much about humidity. If you don’t, then you have a little more thinking to do. The easiest, most effective method is using a humidifier. This humidifier is a tad pricey but works well and has great reviews. You can also use a pebble-filled tray with water, along with grouping your plants together to keep humidity up.
Luxurians Temperature Requirements
These plants do well in temperate weather. They thrive in temperatures as low as 65ºF (17ºC) up to 85ºF (29ºC). They can tolerate temperatures as low as 45ºF (7ºC) up to 90ºF (32ºC) for short periods of time. Growth will be stunted and health will deteriorate if allowed to stay in those temperatures for an extended length of time. Remember, these plants like consistency. In other words, try and avoid drastic swings in temperature.
Fertilizing Your Luxurians
These plants don’t necessarily require fertilization, but we are trying to care for it to the best of our abilities, right? With that said, fertilization is highly recommended, but should be used at the appropriate time. This would be their grow seasons aka spring and summer. Using fertilizer during this time helps the plant utilize nutrients when it’s most needed.
An easy to use fertilizer that comes highly recommended is Osmocote Plus. The benefit of using this fertilizer is you only have to apply it once every 3-6 months. It slowly releases nutrients and won’t burn your plants. While Osmocote works well in a pinch, we’ve found fish emulsion to be superior to all other fertilizers we’ve used. Fish emulsion takes more effort, and the smell takes some getting used to, but plants absolutely LOVE the stuff. We dilute it to one-quarter the directed strength and use it weekly to bi-weekly.
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