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The Magnificent Anthurium Warocqueanum a.k.a. the Queen Anthurium

The leaves are unique by their dark green color, thickness, and leathery feel, as well as by the silver venation that become more pronounced as the plant matures.

By: THURSD. | 18-01-2023 | 4 min read
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The Anthurium Warocqueanum, also known as the Queen Anthurium, is a magnificent houseplant that is popular for its ability to grow immense velvety-green leaves that are as thick as cardboard. It is an unusual plant species from the family of Araceae - that many of us know because of the monstera plant. But, with an eccentric look. A true houseplant gem.

Queen Anthurium Warocqueanum

The Anthurium Warocqueanum is a perennial plant native to the tropical rainforest climates of Central and Western Colombia. In the wild, this Anthurium Queen is often an epiphytic plant – meaning it can be found growing on the surfaces of other plants and trees instead of in the soil.

 

Queen Anthurium

It's easy to see why the more common name, Queen Anthurium, is being used. The plant is considered rare and is, therefore, a highly coveted ornamental plant. The Queen Anthurium has gorgeous foliage and can grow up to 2 meters tall. The leaves are unique by their dark green color, thickness, and leathery feel, as well as by the silver venation that become more pronounced as the plant matures. There's a common conception that the Queen Anthurium is a true diva among houseplants when it comes to care, and though it probably won't make the most ideal beginner plant, with these key care tips below you can make it thrive indoors.

 

Queen Anthurium
Picture via Travaldo's Blog

 

Warocqueanum

The Queen Anthurium was named after the Belgian industrialist and horticulturist Arthur Warocqué who lived from 1835 to 1880. Arthur was next to the mayor of Morlanwelz a big promoter of Belgian horticulture. The commune of Morlanwelz, of which he became mayor in 1688, owes him a lot: paved streets, rectified and widened, new avenues opened to bring about the development of housing, water and gas distribution, development of a new cemetery, and the creation of schools.

 

Queen Anthurium Care
Queen anthurium via @loftleaf

 

Queen Anthurium Care

The Queen Anthurium care can be challenging. Anthurium Warocqueanums are notorious thanks to their somewhat picky attitude when it comes to light, temperature, and watering needs. But there are various climates in which the Queen Anthurium can thrive. Depending on the climate some plants have darker, more narrow leaves, while others have wider, greener leaves. It is impossible to say with certainty in which ecotype the plants grow in a certain way because leaf appearance can vary depending on conditions and age, but most Queen Anthuriums seem to grow darker and have narrower leaves. 

A general rule for this plant is: a happy plant will add new leaves to the existing ones. Unhappy plants will drop a leaf each time a new one develops. As a result, owners of the Queen Anthurium often gauge their success based on how many leaves the plant retains.

 

Queen Anthurium Warocqueanum
Picture via @leafhomestudio

 

Let's go over a few aspects of care for this houseplant so you can create the optimal conditions for this tropical beauty to thrive.

Ideal Light for the Anthurium Warocqueanum

Like most Anthuriums, the Anthurium Warocqueanum doesn't require direct light but more medium indirect light. If you are using grow lights keep them a bit further away from the bulbs. If your plant is outdoors, you may want it to rest in partial shade. Avoid allowing direct sunlight to touch Anthurium Warocqueanum – bright light will actually burn this plant’s beautiful leaves and cause damage.

 

Anthurium Warocqueanum Care
Picture via @yukianggia

 

How to Water the Queen Anthurium Warocqueanum?

This will depend based on the substrate grown in. Since Anthurium Warocqueanum it's an epiphytic plant it can grow in a soil-less substrate. I keep it in bark and moss and water when the moss feels dry until the water comes through the bottom of the pot.

 

Anthurium Queen
Picture via @earthisparadise_

 

What’s the Perfect Humidity for a Queen Anthurium?

These plants need very high humidity. This doesn’t mean that they cannot grow and survive in lower humidity conditions but a humidity above 70% is best. Make sure you are providing sufficient air exchange. Air circulation is very important to an Anthurium Warocqueanum. They are susceptible to damage on the leaves when the airflow is not sufficient.

 

 

Anthurium Queen
Anthurium warocqueanum via @littlesunnyisland

 

Extra tips: feed your plant during the growing season and keep the substrate evenly moist. Don't let it dry out to much, as the Queen anthurium doesn't tolerate dry conditions.

 

The Magnificent Queen Anthurium Warocqueanum
Picture via @bb_aroid

 

Why is the Anthurium Warocqueanum Expensive?

Anthurium plants in general tend to sell on the expensive side, but Queen Anthurium plants can be especially pricey. These tropical houseplants are prized for their lush and beautiful appearance, and that as well as their status as a somewhat uncommon houseplant makes them a more expensive purchase than some other plants.

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