The Anthurium pulchrum is very, very rare. Much research has put it down to the fact that this Anthurium might be very uncommon or even extinct in the wild. This beautiful angel-leafed plant is often confused with sister plant A. balaoanum, however there are big differences between A. pulchrum and A. balaoanum. These are as follows:
The leaves, although not as thick as some Anthuriums, are thicker than the tissue paper thin leaves of the balaoanum. The very top of the Balaoanum leaves have a red stripe which the Pulchrum doesn’t and the leaves of the Pulchrum are matt where Balaoanum leaves are shiny. The Pulchrum’s vigorous aerial roots indicate a need of a moss pole to climb and for support. Once these prolific climbers attach themselves it will encourage increased leaf size and a beautiful angel wing shape. This plant is faster growing than most Anthuriums.
Anthuriums are a staple of tropical plant lovers. They love climbing moss poles, high humidity and very airy soil. They are prone to root rot and should not be overwatered – ever.
The Anthurium pulchrum originates from central South America. Good care can see this plant growing into a massive specimen.
How to grow:
Thrives in bright to medium indirect light.
Plant requires medium to high humidity.
Free-draining, moisture retaining soil with organic matter.
Allow top 2,5 – 3 cm of soil to dry out before water.
Do not over water as Anthuriums are especially prone to root rot.
Do not keep near an area with cold drafts of air.
Encourage your plant’s size to increase by giving it a moss pole to climb.