Tips for growing Anthurium in sphagnum moss
Did you ever wanted to toss out all of your Anthuriums, because they seem like an asian parent or a polish old lady? Yup, never happy. Let me give you some hope. First of all I will admit, that I’ve killed my share of Anthuriums and I thought that growing them is not for me. They hated me and wanted only to be dead in my presence. This changed not over time, but by switching my approach to them. As a beginner I wanted to grow them in PON, which is rather a deal for people that already have some knowledge about this genus. I consider sphagnum a medium for Anthurium beginner.
So, these are my tips if you choose to try sphagnum:
1. Proper moss is the key
Use only high quality moss. That means the one that after wetting it gives off the scent of the forest understory after a warm summer rain. It has a fair beige colour and doesn’t contain any coco coir or sawdust as a filler. In my opinion this one it the best. I’m also using this one alternately. Anthurium roots will feel comfortable in those, and will have no problem in penetrating it.
2. Not all planters are allowed
Which brings us to the subject of a planter. Anthuriums grow on trees, which means that they need something to climb on and like to be in the air. The planter should allow them to penetrate the substrate and eventually outgrow it. I use kokedamas made from coco coir and my anthuriums are able to pierce the planter and hang the roots from the pot. Fell free to use planters with holes, baskets and everything that allows the roots to breathe.
3. Say goodbye to watering schedule
Anthuriums in such a lightweight medium need almost everyday watering (depending on the humidity in your apartment/cabinet/tent). So be sure, to check the sphagnum, if it goes dark, this is the sign that it needs to be watered. Pour a small amount of water on the top and the moss will absorb the moist. You can also use a pressure sprayer – makes thinks so much easier and prevents overwatering.
Always observe the condition of the roots. They should be white-pink and fluffy.
4. Watch with the food
Route of administration
We arrived at the downside of growing Anthuriums in sphagnum and this is fertilising. There is a high probability that under the influence of light, moisture and heat, algae will start to develop on the surface of the moss, which may lead to suffocation of Anthurium roots. Therefore to prevent, or rather slow down this process, remember to fertilise your plants only via foliar administration. You can use Biobizz products for this purpose. When spraying try not to get the solution on sphagnum. If you have algies growing on the surface, just remove the top layer of the moss and replace it with a fresh batch.
*I fertilise my Anthuriums in sphagnum twice a month, but I feel like it is not enough. Will keep you updated on that in my instagram stories.
5. Extra wind for the roots
Airy but warm
Anthuriums in sphagnum need the air flow, so be sure to install a fan in your tent or air regularly the room. I meant it, they like the wind from a hair shampoo collection. Some more than the others, but I feel like this is the general rule.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this few tips. As usual tell me what you think on instagram and see you in my next post!