How to Grow Anthurium Hookeri in India

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Last Updated: 19.10.2023

Anthurium Hookeri is a handsome specimen that will surely add plenty of appeal to your room. Learn how to grow it!

Anthurium Hookeri

Anthurium Hookeri is an evergreen specimen that is really easy to look after and does remarkably well in the Indian climate. Keep on reading to know the details about cultivating it.

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Anthurium Hookeri Information 

Anthurium Hookeri is a species of flowering plant in the Araceae family, native to Central and South America, including Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. It is commonly popular as the bird’s nest anthurium due to its unique foliage and shape. Additionally, this plant is often grown as a houseplant or in tropical gardens. It is also sometimes used in traditional medicine for various purposes, including as a treatment for snakebites and skin conditions.

The plant forms a rosette shape with leaves that curve upward and inward to form a nest-like structure. Its flowers are small and inconspicuous but are surrounded by a modified leaf called a spathe, which is typically bright red or pink and shaped like a heart or a shield.

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How to Propagate Anthurium Hookeri?

Division: The easiest and most common way to propagate Anthurium Hookeri is through division. Gently remove the plant from its pot and separate the individual sections with roots attached. Each new plant should have at least one healthy root system and several leaves. Plant the new divisions in fresh soil in separate containers.

Stem Cuttings: Take 5-6 inches-long stem cuttings from a healthy Anthurium Hookeri. Remove the lower leaves and dip the cut end into rooting hormone powder. Plant the cutting in moist soil and keep it in a warm, humid place. It should root in a few weeks.

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Requirements to Grow Anthurium Hookeri

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Sunlight

Anthurium Hookeri requires bright, indirect light. Direct sun exposure can scorch the leaves, so it’s best to place the plant in a location that receives bright, filtered light.

An east-facing window or a shaded balcony would be ideal.

Soil

Anthurium Hookeri requires soil that is well-draining to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. Use a mixture of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark to improve soil drainage.

You can add compost or well-rotted manure to the soil to improve its fertility. It prefers slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.5-6.5. Use a soil testing kit to check the pH level of the soil and adjust it if necessary.

Water

Anthurium Hookeri likes to be kept moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This plant is sensitive to salts and minerals, so it’s best to use filtered or distilled water for watering.  You can also keep the tap water in a bucket overnight to help the minerals settle down.

Temperature and Humidity

The plant prefers warm temperatures between 20-32°C. In addition, it is not tolerant of cold temperatures, so it should be kept away from rafts or air conditioning vents.

Anthurium Hookeri requires high humidity levels to thrive. In India, where the climate can be dry, it is important to maintain a high level of humidity around the plant. You can achieve this by placing a tray of water near the plant, misting the leaves with water, or using a humidifier.

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Anthurium Hookeri Care 

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Fertilizer

Anthurium Hookeri should be fertilized every two to three months during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a balanced fertilizer(10-10-10) or a fertilizer formulated for flowering plants.

Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can cause salt buildup in the soil and damage the plant. Always follow the instructions on the package. 

Pruning

It is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal pruning. Just remove spent flowers and damaged leaves from time to time to keep your Anthurium Hookeri plant healthy and attractive.

Pests and Diseases

Anthurium Hookeri is susceptible to pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Regularly inspect the plant for signs of infestation, such as webbing, white or gray powdery spots, or small, hard bumps on the leaves or stems. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to treat the infestation. 

Anthurium Hookeri is susceptible to diseases such as root rot and bacterial blight. Overwatering or poor soil drainage can lead to root rot, while bacterial blight is caused by poor air circulation.

Remove affected leaves or parts of the plant and improve drainage and air circulation to prevent the spread of disease. 

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