The Anthurium Silver Blush is another beautiful hybrid of the Anthurium Crystallinum. Therefore, its full name is Anthurium Crystallinum Silver Blush.
The plant is best known for its stunning appearance with beautiful veined patterns making it a very sought after plant.
Additionally, it is much smaller than most Anthurium varieties. This makes it popular as a houseplant because you can leave in on a tabletop or counter whereas you need to keep most other varieties on the floor (due to their size).
Another thing worth noting is that is round shaped cordate leaves and very visible veins make it commonly confused with the Anthurium Doroyaki. However, the two are different plants.
How do you care for Anthurium Silver Blush? The Anthurium Silver Blush thrives in bright, indirect sunlight, moderate to warm weather and high humidity. it is an easy plant to care for with low maintenance needs.
However, you want to make sure to avoid overwatering and use well-draining potting soil.
Anthurium Silver Blush Plant Care
The Anthurium Crystallinum Silver Blush can tolerate a wide range of light conditions. However, for optimal growth it prefers bright, indirect light indoors and partial shade outdoors.
That said, you can decide where to place the plant because it does not mind medium light or a bit of low light.
Although you do want to test the location when it comes to the latter since there’s a limit to the lack of light it can tolerate.
Beyond that point, you will see its beautiful silver-light green veins slowly fade causing its foliage to turn more solid green. This is how it responds to low light.
It does so to try and absorb as much of the insufficient light source as it can.
Because there isn’t a lot of light, you’ll also see the plant’s grow slow down or even stop. It will likewise become leggy as it reaches towards the light source.
The low light also other negative consequences like your Anthurium Silver Blush will produce fewer leaves and smaller ones at that because of the lack of light for photosynthesis.
On the other hand, you do want to be careful with too much light as well.
The plant cannot tolerate direct sunlight. Nor can it takes hours of strong, intense sun on a regular basis. If left in such a location, you’ll see its leaves turn pale in color as the plant loses its pattern.
Even worse, its leaves can burn due to the heat and intensity of the sun.
As such, an east facing window is ideal. There, it gets gentle morning sun which is appreciates.
If you keep it in the south or west, make sure to position it away from the direct rays of the sun especially during mid-day and summertime.
Like its parent plant, the Anthurium Crystallinum, the Silver Bush does best in tropical weather. This means sunshine all year round where temperature stays somewhat consistently warm throughout the year.
As such, the plant is not accustomed to and cannot withstand the cold. This means you want to keep it away from snow, frost or freezing temperatures.
It also means that if you leave it outdoors through the winter when the cold comes, it won’t survive through the season.
This is why the Anthurium Silver Blush is ideal for USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12 if you want to keep it outdoors. In these regions, it will happily grow all year long under the sunshine.
However, if you live anywhere colder than Zone 10, it is a good idea to either keep it indoors as a houseplant or take it outside during the warmer months.
With the latter, make sure to bring the plant back inside once the weather drops near 50 degrees. It won’t be able to tolerate colder than that for long periods without sustaining stress.
On the other hand, the Anthurium Silver Blush has an ideal temperature range of 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Anthurium Silver Blush thrives in high humidity between 70% and 80%. Although it can tolerate slightly lower levels down to 50% without any harm.
Unfortunately, if you leave it in lower humidity like 30% or so, you’ll soon notice its leaves turn brown and crispy at the tips and edges.
This is a sign of dryness. And it begins at the extremities of the foliage. Over time, entire leaves will turn brown. And more of them will get discolored.
As such, it is a good idea to monitor humidity if you don’t live in a tropical region. I keep a hygrometer near my plants so I can easily tell the humidity at any time.
Once humidity drops below the Anthurium Silver Blush’s needs, I employ humidity increasing measures.
Misting is the simplest way to do this.
But it has its downsides in that its effect are temporary. Thus, you need to spritz around the plant every few days.
Also, when misting avoid wetting the leaves too much as this can increase the risk for fungal infections.
Other options include getting a humidifier, moving the plant to the bathroom, placing the plant on a pebble tray or giving it a shower every couple of weeks.
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How Often to Water Anthurium Silver Blush
Water your Anthurium Silver Blush when the top 1-2 inches of soil dries out. This is the best way to tell when to water your plant.
In doing so, you are able to give the roots the much needed moisture they want without drowning them or overwatering. Both of which can lead to root rot.
Root rot is the most serious problems when it comes to houseplants because it can ultimately destroy your plant.
Once the root start getting damaged and rot because they are left underwater for too long, they will stop functioning.
When this happens, they won’t be able to absorb water or nutrients from the soil even if you water the plant a lot and give it fertilizer.
Thus, the plant will get dehydrated and experience nutrient deficiencies. And it will get weaker, wilt and eventually die from lack of sustenance.
This is why overwatering is the biggest thing to watch out for when watering your Anthurium Crystallinum Silver Blush.
On average, the plant needs watering about once a week. However, depending on the time of year, this can change.
During the summer when the weather gets really hot, the soil will dry faster. So, you will find yourself watering more often.
However, in the winter, the opposite is true. Therefore, it is important to cut back on water to avoid the risk of overwatering.
Anthurium Silver Blush Potting Soil
The Anthurium Crystallinum Silver Blush needs well-draining soil for optimal growth.
To be more precise, the plant requires soil that is moist, has good drainage and rich. It also benefits from soil pH between 6.1 to 6.5. This will allow it to absorb nutrients from the soil efficiently.
The reason for this is that the soil should be able to maintain enough moisture to keep the plant hydrated. But it should also be able to get rid of excess moisture fairly quickly.
This way, the roots don’t end up sitting in water for long periods of time. Waterlogging increases the risk of root rot. It also makes the plant prone to bacterial and fungal infections.
The good news is that it is easy to achieve the soil requirements of the Anthurium Silver Blush.
If you prefer to buy your soil off the shelf from the nursery or somewhere similar, you can pick up a bag of Aroid mix. This is perfectly designed for Anthuriums.
On the other hand, if you prefer making your own potting soil, here’s a good DIY potting mix recipe for the Anthurium Silver Blush.
To grow optimally, it is a good idea to feed your Anthurium Silver Blush.
It is not a heavy feeder so you don’t need to give it a lot of fertilizer. As long as it gets enough nutrients it will grow fast, produces a lot of leaves that are lush and have good color.
For the best results, feed your Anthurium Crystallinum Silver Blush with a water soluble houseplant fertilizer once every 2 months during its growing season. Dilute the application by 50% to avoid too much salt residue in the soil.
Stop feeding by early or mid fall as the plant will not need the fertilizer during the colder months.
The biggest thing to avoid with fertilizer is overfeeding. This causes more problems than benefits. As such, try to avoid adding more or apply more frequently than recommended.
The Anthurium Silver Blush is a relatively small plant that will to about 12 inches high and 12 inches wide. Its stunning leaves and flowers will make up most of the plant as they grow bigger.
Ass such, pruning is a low maintenance task when it comes to this plant.
You do need to trim off some of the leaves that either get too long or leggy. But beyond that the only time you need to trim it is when it gets too bushy for your liking.
Of course, it is important to remove any yellow, brown, diseased, damaged and old leaves. This helps prevent infection and other problems. It also makes your plant look better not to mention grow faster since it does not have to allocated energy on trying to revive these leaves.
How to Propagate Anthurium Silver Blush
The most reliable way to propagate the Anthurium Crystallinum Silver Blush is by division. Here, you’ll be separating its roots into 2 or more divisions and growing each of these in their own pots.
The divisions will eventually grow into mature plants themselves.
Because the Anthurium Silver Blush is not a big plant, its size will limit how many divisions you’ll be able to make. Also, you’ll want to wait until the plant matures and gets bigger before you start propagation.
Here’s how to propagate Anthurium Silver Blush through division.
- Begin by carefully taking the plant out of the pot.
- Once out check the root ball and remove excess dirt so you can see the roots.
- Make sure to inspect the roots. You’re looking for any abnormalities include root rot, pests or infection. Also, separate any tangled roots.
- Next, decide on the divisions you want to make. How many divisions you will make depends on how big the root system and how many new plants you want to have.
- When choosing the divisions, make sure that each section has stems and leaves above the soil and roots below the soil. The new plant will not survive without roots. Similarly, you want it to have leaves for photosynthesis.
- Take a knife and wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. This will disinfect the blade to ensure that it does not pass any pathogens to the plant when you cut into it.
- Use the knife to cut the root system into the 2 divisions you decided on.
- Prepare a pot for each division and fill it to about a third with fresh, well-draining potting mix. Then place the new plants in and backfill with soil.
- Water the soil to get it moist. Avoid overwatering the soil.
- Place the plants in bright, indirect light can take care of them like you did the parent plant.
How to Repot or Transplant Anthurium Silver Blush
The Anthurium Crystallinum Silver Blush Is not a fast grower. It is likewise a relatively small plant which means you don’t need to repot it often. Nor will you ever need a large pot for this plant.
In general, it usually needs repotting in about 2 years. Although this will vary on how fast it is growing. The more light and fertilizer it gets, the faster it usually grows.
So, the best way to tell when to repot it is to check the bottom of the pot’s drainage holes. Once you see many roots come out from there, it is time to move to a larger container.
Although you do not need to hurry as the plant will be happy being slightly pot bound.
That said, avoid leaving it in a tight pot for too long as overcrowded roots will stress out the plant eventually. This will affect its growth, cause it to wilt and even drop leaves if not fixed.
Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs
Yes, the Anthurium Silver Blush is toxic. Therefore, it is important not to let young children, dogs or cats ingest any part of the plant.
This can cause mild to serious side effects depending on how much they consumed. And if this happens, make sure to call your veterinarian or pediatrician immediately and tell them what happened.
Anthurium Silver Blush Problems & Troubleshooting
The Anthurium Silver Blush is not prone to pests. However, it may get attacked by sap sucking insects.
The most common ones to bother this plant are spider mites, mealybugs and aphids.
All of these bugs will cause trouble as they will damage the plant once they grow in number. As such, avoid letting the pest problem grow into an infestation.
The best way to do this is to inspect the plant regularly. While you won’t be able to prevent them, you’ll be able to spot the bugs as early as possible.
This makes it much easier to treat than when they’ve grown in number.
You can spray them off with water using the sink. Showerhead or a garden hose. Alternatively, you can use neem oil and spray the affected areas.
The plant likewise does not have a lot of disease issues. However, if you regularly overwatering it or there’s excess moisture somewhere, bacterial and fungal infections can occur.
In addition, there is also the risk of root rot if the soil stays wet for too long.
This means it is very important to be mindful of how often you water and how you water. Both the soil and leaves become prone to disease when there’s too much moisture that does not dry quickly.