One of the rarest Anthuriums is the Anthurium Reflexinervium, a gorgeous plant naturally found only in Tingo Maria, Peru.
The species is noticeably hard to find due to its unparalleled charm and some unusual growing needs.
Fortunately, some cultivated varieties allow houseplants enthusiasts to grow them in their gardens and homes.
This wonderful Anthurium is a popular member of the Araceae family. Fond of erupting on rocky slopes with humid weather, the plant is a forb.
The Anthurium Reflexinervium plant forms exaggerated leaves with a Veitchii-like appearance that grow in a bird-nest pattern.
The foliage is mostly so stiff that nature’s elements, including wind and water, cannot bend it. Upon forcing, the leaves crack rather than fold which is a highly unique characteristic.
The Anthurium Reflexinervium gives rise to olive-green spathes that surround a violet to dark purple/ red spadix. Some gardeners believe it is a handful.
It is a pleasure to cultivate with its useful pet and unfavorable humidity-resistant qualities. With a few tips and tricks mentioned in this article, you will have a happy Reflexinervium growing in no time.
Anthurium Reflexinervium Care
The Anthurium Reflexinervium needs bright, partial sunlight with moderate to high moisture. It likes loose, airy, and neutral to acidic soils, with a pH of 6.1 to 7.3. Adding peat moss to its soil significantly improves the plant’s health and growth rate. Water bi-weekly and keep the temperature between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit (21-32 degrees Celsius). Humidity should be at 70% and above.
Anthurium Reflexinervium Care Guide
Almost all the Anthuriums like moist, well-draining soil.
Anthurium Reflexinervium is no exception and needs excellent drainage, or else the plant suffers drastically.
To make the ideal soil mix, take one part of ground soil, perlite, and sphagnum moss.
Mix all these contents thoroughly and add a small amount of water to bind the ingredients with one another completely.
If residing in a very dry area, you can also add mulch or sawdust for extra moisture.
Please make sure that the pot you use has good drainage so that the roots are always moist but never wet.
A water-saturated plant is quick to fall prey to various infections and diseases, such as root rot and bacterial blight.
Naturally, the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant grows in tropical to subtropical regions, where it receives plenty of rainfall. Therefore, to mimic its native habitat, keeping your Reflexinervium plant hydrated at all times is necessary.
Water your Anthurium Reflexinervium plant two to three times a week, ensuring that you water it from top to bottom, focusing on the roots.
Maintain the same watering schedule throughout summers. In winters, if the weather is pretty humid, lessen the watering frequency to about twice a week.
However, please do not shy away from changing the watering frequency of the plant. Water it as needed using chlorine-free, room-temperature water, preferably.
House gardeners with access to chlorinated water only can fill buckets with tap water and keep them overnight.
Once the chlorine and other potential toxins are eliminated, you may use it normally.
Placing it in a sunny spot with plenty of filtered sunlight is a great idea.
Another option is to put the plant just inside a balcony. Patios and partially covered terraces also work great. Alternatively, you can grow this beauty under artificial growing lights.
In the winters, the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant can be placed outdoors without much trouble.
However, in the summers, the light is mostly much harsher. Thus, bringing it inside is a safer option.
Although this plant has fairly tough leaves, it may undergo scorching if exposed to the sunlight for too long. Therefore, please put it in indirect sunlight only.
Moreover, if placed in a pot, rotate the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant every few days so that all parts receive their fair share of light.
Anthurium can tolerate a wide range of temperatures.
In its native environment, the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant stays in temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius), night and day at all times.
To providede optimal conditions, keep the temperature between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit (21-32 degrees Celsius).
To manipulate such settings, maintain a day temperature range of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 to 21.1 degrees Celsius) and no lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
Anthurium Reflexinervium needs high humidity. The plant thoroughly enjoys moderate to high humidity levels in the form of liquid and gaseous vapor.
Ideally, keep the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant in moisture levels greater than 70%. Usually, 75% to 80% work exceptionally well.
Due to its excellent fair water distribution characteristics, the plant even survives humidity levels as low as 30% for a considerably long time.
However, for the healthiest growth and highest productivity, grow the plant in its desired humidity levels.
Please keep in mind not to overwater, or over-mist the plant as this will lead to problems, such as fungal infections and yellow leaves.
The Anthurium Reflexinervium plant isn’t a heavy feeder. It requires four to six feedings a year with a high-quality, balanced NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) fertilizer.
For more vigorous growth of the blooms, use high-phosphorous content feeds.
I recommend feeding the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant every three to four months with a diluted slow-release fertilizer.
Such feeds break down gradually, giving the Anthurium plenty of time to take in the micro and macro-elements.
Using a liquid fertilizer with a strength of about one-quarter to half is another option you can avail of. Read on the packaging instructions as well as the product ingredients and their respective ratios.
For most Anthuriums, including the Anthurium Reflexinervium, there is no particular or definite time to repot.
The container should be changed when:
- The plant outgrows the pot.
- The roots begin circling the top of the pot.
- The plant’s roots poke through the pot’s bottom.
Transfer the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant to a slightly larger pot, approximately one inch larger. Your primary goal should be to refresh the plant’s soil.
Old soil contents added initially mostly deplete in about two years or less.
Therefore, when repotting, add new and fresh soil contents, such as sphagnum moss, and wash the roots to rid of old soil. Please use disinfected tools for your plants always.
The Anthurium Reflexinervium is a lovely plant, and pruning from time to time adds to its beauty.
The seasonal practice gives the plant a fresh look and also gets rid of diseased and old foliage.
When cutting back the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant, prune the vines with an erratic or disrupted growth habit. Additionally, eliminate the leaves that are diseased, discolored, or have abnormal-looking spots.
Please wear protective clothing while repotting as well as pruning the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant. It is toxic and may cause undesirable effects.
I also suggest cleaning your pruning shears with mild alcohol before use.
The Anthurium Reflexinervium is an excellent plant with an easy propagation process.
The plant does not propagate from leaves alone, but stem cuttings are an excellent option as they are resilient and hardy.
Follow these steps to propagate Anthurium Reflexinervium:
- Start with cutting off a stem from a healthy Anthurium Reflexinervium plant. Ideally, pick one with some roots.
- Wash the roots with some water or remove the excess cell sap by shaking the stem slowly. You may also apply some fungicidal spray.
- Now make an appropriate soil mix for the Anthurium Reflexinervium stem. Add some mulch or peat moss for more moisture retention. Put this soil in a container or reusable plastic bag.
- Make a hole right at the center of the soil and fix the stem here. Spread the roots evenly, ensuring they are not distorted or bent.
- Once the stem stands upright, add some more soil around the plant for greater support.
- Add some lukewarm water and fertilizer.
- Place the plant in a sunny, partially covered spot.
The Anthurium Reflexinervium usually takes a few weeks to mature. Therefore, be patient and provide extra care to the plant till then.
The Anthurium Reflexinervium plant has widespread popularity mostly because of its vibrant foliage.
However, it does produce some blooms in the weeks it is most vigorous. Some varieties also give rise to showy reddish-violet berries.
The plant produces small olive-green spathes that surround a violet to dusky reddish-purple spadix. They are 0.1 to 0.27 inches (3 to 7 millimeters) in diameter with a peduncle of 5.9 to 15.7 inches (15 to 40 centimeters).
The Anthurium Reflexinervium plant has a slow to moderate growth rate, with a height of about 3 to 5 inches (7.6 to 17.7 centimeters).
Some varieties spread to about 0.4 to 1.2 inches (1 to 3 centimeters) or more. The Anthuriums are widely cultivated throughout USDA hardiness zones 10-B to 11.
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Common Problems for Anthurium Reflexinervium
Root rot is the most common Anthurium Reflexinervium problems. This disease can occur due to fungal as well as bacterial infections.
The infected plant rapidly loses moisture, and death follows soon.
Initially, the plant’s roots become water-saturated. Next, they turn brown and begin rotting. As the disease spreads further, stems and leaves also begin losing their characteristic colors.
The roots can no longer absorb nutrients and water, and the plant wilts.
For root rot, remove the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant from its pot and cut off the affected parts.
Apply ample amounts of fungicide all around the roots and spray some over the leaves and stems.
Transfer the treated plant into a new or thoroughly cleaned pot with fresh soil mix and place it under the sun for some time.
Yellow leaves can occur due to a long list of reasons, including over-watering, under-watering, low humidity, excessive misting, insufficient fertilizer, and poor soil quality.
The leaves form small yellow spots that merge, turning the entire leaf yellow.
To treat a plant with yellow leaves:
- Go over your Anthurium Reflexinervium plant’s entire care routine.
- Ensure that you give it adequate moisture, feed it timely, and grow it in fertile soils with all the essential elements.
- Make appropriate changes and note the plant’s progress.
Bacterial blight, caused by Xanthomonas, is a vicious disease that spreads rapidly. Known to have led to an Anthurium epidemic in Hawaii, it has severe effects.
The early symptoms include water-soaked spots around the leaf margins filled with fluids. The areas surrounding the lesions turn yellow, indicating spread.
The spots then join, involving the entire leaf eventually.
The bacteria quickly moves into other unaffected parts, such as petioles and stems. The stem resultantly turns dark brown, and the plant ceases to grow.
Further spreads lead to the death of the Anthurium Reflexinervium.
To treat the plant, use fungicidal and bactericidal sprays. Discard the damaged parts and replant the healthy parts in fresh soil. Moreover, grow disease-resistant varieties.
For general prevention, limit the growth of weeds around the plant and remove any snails and slugs as soon as you see them.
Tips for Growing Anthurium Reflexinervium
- Plant in bright, filtered sunlight.
- Grow in pots with excellent drainage, with at least 3 bottom holes.
- Propagate from stem cuttings instead of leaf cuttings for successful propagation.
- Keep in moderate to high moisture.
- Plant in fertile and nutrient-rich soils.
Frequently Asked Questions about Anthurium Reflexinervium
Is the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant edible?
The Anthurium Reflexinervium is not an edible plant containing calcium oxalate crystals. It can cause allergic reactions in animals as well as humans. The symptoms include a swelled tongue and breathing problems. Therefore, please exercise caution while handling it.
Does the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant spread?
For spreading, the Anthurium Reflexinervium plant needs plenty of moisture. To increase the soil’s moisture content, you can add mulch, peat moss, or sawdust. Moreover, water the plant twice to thrice a week.
Does Anthurium Reflexinervium plant-like misting?
The Anthurium Reflexinervium plant prefers high moisture in its surroundings. Therefore, if the leaves of your plant seem to be drying out slightly, you may mist them occasionally.
The Anthurium Reflexinervium is a beautiful plant with unique leaves.
Due to its fair disease resistance, tough leaves, and resilience, it makes an excellent indoor as well as an outdoor houseplant.
With dappled sunlight, moderate moisture, and tri-monthly feeding, it grows healthy and happy. However, it is toxic for children and pets; thus, please plant it out of their reach.
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