Anthurium Pedatoradiatum is also known as the Anthurium Fingers. It gets this name from the appearance of its leaves which look like fingers spread out.
Another unique thing about the Anthurium Pedatoradiatum is that it is terrestrial. This means in the wild, the plant grows naturally in soil. This makes it different from other anthuriums, which are epiphytes.
As a result, you’ll see the plant grow upright and look like a mini indoor tree. Although it is technically a houseplant.
This along with its lovely green finger-like lobes make it a lovely addition to any homes.
It is likewise easy to care for since it is tropical in natural being a native of the rainforests of southern Mexico.
Anthurium Pedatoradiatum Plant Care
The Anthurium Pedatoradiatum thrives moderate to bright, indirect light indoors. Outdoors, it does best in partial or bright shade.
And while the plant enjoys a well-lit location, it is important to note that is cannot tolerate too much light. Strong, intense or harsh exposure to the sun’s rays will turn its gorgeous green leaves’ color. They can also cause burn marks which usually start close to the edges.
So, when you see browning tips, always make sure to check how much sunlight it is getting.
Avoid direct sun especially between noon and mid-afternoon. Similarly, protect it or keep it under some kind of shade during the summertime when the sun can get scorching hot.
One of the best things about the Anthurium Pedatoradiatum is that it does not mind low light. This makes it easy to care for indoors even if you don’t get a lot of natural lighting.
As long as the area where you put it gets some light, it will stay healthy.
An easy way to gauge this is to pick up a newspaper or magazine and read the content. If you can easily read the text, then light is sufficient.
If not, there is likely too little light.
Therefore, you can choose another spot or use grow lights to supplement the natural light.
Temperature is another aspect that’s easy to accommodate as far as the Anthurium Pedatoradiatum is concerned.
It is a tropical plant that is used to the warm, moist rainforests of Mexico. As such, it fits in nicely in homes like many other houseplants.
This is why most houseplants are tropical in nature. They enjoy the same temperature that people do.
With the Anthurium Pedatoradiatum, as long as you keep temperature between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, it will be happy. It can likewise tolerate 10 degrees above and below each direction as well without any issues.
However, avoid going too far off from this extended range. When you get near 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll notice the plant’s growth slow down. And when it gets hotter, it becomes prone to heat stress.
On the other hand, the Anthurium Pedatoradiatum is much less tolerant to cold weather.
That’s because Mexico’s climate is warm with not freezing temperatures. In fact, winter is sunny and moderate.
As such, the plant cannot withstand temperatures below 50 degrees.
The Anthurium Pedatoradiatum has an ideal humidity of 50% and higher. If possible, it would prefer levels of 60% to 75%. However, that’s often hard to maintain unless you live in a tropical or subtropical region.
Your other option is to keep it in greenhouse, terrarium, grow room or tent.
Fortunately, the plant can tolerate slightly lower humidity. Although try to keep it at 40% and higher as much as possible.
The lower you get, the higher the risk of dry, crispy leaf tips. Browning and brittle leaves especially in the edges can also happen.
In most cases, any abnormalities in the leaves is the plant telling you that something’s not right. Therefore, it is important to investigate the underlying cause.
In case, you live somewhere with low humidity or the air gets dry during summer and winter, you can mist the plant.
I do suggest getting a digital hygrometer so you can easily tell what the room’s humidity is at any given point in time. This will let you make the necessary modifications if needed.
If the gap in humidity is quite big, investing in a humidifier is probably a better option.
How Often to Water Anthurium Pedatoradiatum
How often you water your Anthurium Pedatoradiatum will depend on where you live and the time of year.
That’s because you need to wait until the top 1 to 2 inches of soil dry completely between waterings. This prevents overwatering which protects the plants from root rot.
As such, during the warmer months, you’ll likely watering around once or at most twice a week depending on how hot it gets.
During winter scale back significantly and let the soil dry out a bit more. This means watering every 2 to 3 weeks. Again, depending on how cold it gets.
The hotter the weather or the sunnier the weather, the faster the soil will dry. In contrast, the colder the weather, the longer it takes for soil to dry.
Therefore, by letting the soil tell you when to water, you don’t have to worry about remembering the number of days.
Watering is the most challenging aspect of taking care of the Anthurium Pedatoradiatum. Once you get this down, the rest are easy.
So, do take the time to get a good feel for what the plant likes.
In general, it enjoys moist soil but is susceptible to overwatering. This is why taking the proper precautions above is essential.
On the other hand, don’t let the soil go bone dry for too long. This will lead to dehydration which is bad as well.
Again, look to the leaves for guidance.
Too much water will often cause its leaves to turn yellow. Meanwhile, lack of water will make them turn brown or cause them to curl.
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Anthurium Pedatoradiatum Potting Soil
The best soil for Anthurium Pedatoradiatum is an aroid mix. This is basically soil that is well-aerated, chunky and provides good drainage.
This is important since the plant likes a good balance of oxygen and water.
Thus, too much water is bad because it deprives the roots of oxygen. When this goes on for too long, you end up with rotting roots.
On the other hand, too much air means the soil is very dry. Again, this is not good since the plant needs hydration to stay healthy. Water is what transports nutrients and other essential minerals to different parts of the plant. It also helps regulate its internal temperature among other things.
If you can’t find an aroid mix, you can make your DIY potting mix as well.
This is something I prefer to do since it is cheaper and you’re able to adjust the ingredients and their amounts if needed.
A simple potting mix recipe for Anthurium Pedatoradiatum you can use combines:
- 1 part peat moss
- 1 part orchid bark
You can substitute coco coir for peat moss if you prefer using something more sustainable.
Also, don’t forget to use a pot with drainage holes. This will allow any excess moisture to drip out of the container.
And if you do leave a saucer or something else to catch the liquid under the pot, make sure to throw that water away and not let it pool. Otherwise, the soil will eventually re-absorb that liquid.
Use a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength. This will give your Anthurium Pedatoradiatum the nutrients it needs to grow optimally.
The plant is not a heavy feeder. Therefore, resist the temptation to feed it more than needed.
It only requires once a month feeding during its growing season, which are spring and summer. You don’t need to fertilize it during the fall or winter.
That said, if you live in a warm weather location (like the tropics) you’ll notice that the plant will keep growing past the summer.
If this is the case, you can continue feeding it as long as it is growing. Stop once its growth slows down or stops.
The Anthurium Pedatoradiatum can grown to 3 feet or so. In the wild, it will get bigger and fan out beautifully. Although, this is less likely indoors since you may not have the space to let it do so.
As it gets bigger, the Anthurium Pedatoradiatum will also look a bit different from other anthuriums in that it looks like a mini indoor tree.
That’s because its large leaves are held by long diagonally slanted stems.
Therefore, most of the pruning is usually done to keep it from growing out too far on the sides. This is why when you see it grow in pots indoors, the plant is usually tall and narrow.
How to Propagate Anthurium Pedatoradiatum
To propagate your Anthurium Pedatoradiatum, you’ll be taking its offshoots.
Thus, you do need a mature plant. And you can only propagate it when it produces these offshoots.
Finally, allow the offshoots to grow a bit so that the small roots are visible before separating them from the main plant. This will increase their chance of survival.
To do so,
- Start by looking at the base of the plant for healthy offshoots which have grown small rotos.
- Take note of them as well as those that are still not big enough. This way, you can remove them when the time comes.
- To remove the offshoots, sterilize a knife using rubbing alchold. Then carefully remove the offshoot at the base.
- Once you have the offshoots, you can plant each one in their own individual pot. Use well-draining potting mix that’s moist.
- If you need to support the offshoot too keep it upright, use a thin stick to do so.
- Leave each of the pots in a well-lit location with no direct sun.
How to Repot or Transplant Anthurium Pedatoradiatum
How often you need to repot will depend on how much your plant grows. As such, while the general guideline is around 2 years before repotting, I prefer listening to what the plant is telling me.
That’s because the growth rate of your plant will vary from other peoples’. Additionally, if you live somewhere with snow and freezing temperatures in winter, your growing season will be limited to spring, summer and little of fall.
But if you live in a more tropical climate, your growing seasons are longer since there’s sunshine all year round.
This gives your plant more time to grow during the course of each year.
So, avoid comparing with others.
Instead, focus on your plant. As long as your plant is healthy, you’re doing things correctly.
And the only time you need to repot is when the roots are coming out from the bottom of the pot or they start appearing on the surface of the soil.
Other than these two instances, the only time to repot is during emergencies like overwatering, root rot, severe pest infestation or something similar.
Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs
Unfortunately, the Anthurium Pedatoradiatum is toxic. But only when ingested. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep it away from cats, dogs and young children. All of whom may accidentally chew or consumer parts of the plant.
Problems & Troubleshooting
Keep your Anthurium Pedatoradiatum healthy as this is the best way to prevent pests. While it does not keep them away 100%, you don’t want a stressed, sick or weak plant, since pests can sense this and that’s what triggers them to go after a plant.
In general, the Anthurium Pedatoradiatum attracts insects that like to suck on sap. Spider mites are on top of the list with mealybugs, aphids and scale next.
Since these bugs will rob the plant of moisture and nutrients, it is important to eradicate them as soon as possible.
With diseases, too much moisture is your biggest enemy. In most cases, this is caused by overwatering, waterlogged soil, wet leaves or too much misting.
Therefore, try to stay on the drier side.
This will limit the possibility of bacterial and fungal infections. It also lets you avoid root rot which is the most serious problem of all.