Anthurium Warocqueanum Care : 9+ Tips To Grow Queen Anthurium

This is a complete guide on the identification, caring, pruning, and propagation of Anthurium Warocqueanum Care also known as the Queen Anthurium plant.

Anthurium Warocqueanum Care - Queen Anthurium Care Guide

If you are looking to add some variety to your anthurium collection, then Anthurium Warocqueanum is an excellent choice.

The narrow droplet-shaped leaves are a unique trait of this plant that is not seen in any of the other varieties.

Only a couple of anthurium varieties are grown specifically for foliage and anthurium warocqueanum is one among them. So, for a foliage lover, this is a must-have plant.

I will be discussing everything related to anthurium warocqueanum in this article so that you can easily grow them in your garden without second guessing its requirements.

Here are the topics that I’ll be covering,

Let’s get started.

What is Anthurium Warocqueanum?

Anthurium Warocqueanum is a part of the anthurium species and is commonly called Queen Anthurium because of its exotic leaves. 

Queen Anthurium comes from Columbia. The name Anthurium Warocqueanum was given in honor of Raoul Warocqué, a Belgian industrialist, philosopher, royalist, and believer in paternalism. 

Anthurium Warocqueanum is considerably different in magnitude and heterogeneity, compared to other plants in the Araceae family. 

Anthuriums is a part of the family Arums. Some of the most commonly grown houseplants like monstera, philodendron, etc are also parts of the same family.

However, even though they are from the same family, each of these plants has its distinct method of care. As a member of a section cardiolonchium, you would understand that the method of caring for Anthurium Warocqueanum can be slightly demanding, but with a proper guide, it’s just a breeze.

Anthurium Warocqueanum Appearance

Anthurium Warocqueanum (also known as Queen Anthurium) has a dark green leaf with thick and well-built leaves

An interesting fact is that some botanists associate the texture of this plant with that of cardboard. But, to help with the identification, we can say that this plant is as thick as cardboard. 

In furtherance, Anthurium Warocqueanum is a perennial plant. This means a plant that can survive for a long time, therefore, everlasting. However, Anthurium Warocqueanum is distinctively known for its dark form around the body of the leaves. 

Likewise, there is always whitish and silvery veins that are even apparent with the dark forms of Anthurium Warocqueanum. These silver veins may look small when the plant has not yet developed, but with growth, it becomes more profound. 

Anthurium Warocqueanum growth can be measured up to six feet. The plant’s growth starts small and narrow, but as it develops, it becomes wider and less narrow. If you’re in search of a matured Warocqueanum plant, you have to then consider its size.

Anthurium Warocqueanum Care

To tend for Anthurium Warocqueanum, promote a healthy and proper drainage system, use the right sunshade, use the right fertilizer content, ensure the temperature is never less than 20°C and not more than 30 °C, and ensure high humidity.

Let’s have a brief discussion about each of the care parameters.

1. Soil Requirements

The best soil combination for Anthurium Warocqueanum is a mixture containing peat moss or sphagnum moss, a moderate quantity of perlite, Orchid Potting Bark (suitable for tropical plants), and a soilless medium (potting mix).

Alternatively, you can make use of an aroid mix that is properly drained, with added perlite to the mix, then should be suited with a proper pH scale of 6.6 – 7.5, either in a breezy or neutral environment.

As an epiphyte plant, Anthurium Warocqueanum grows on other plants instead of developing through the soil underneath. With the aid of other plants’ moss, or debris, they develop out of their soil and onto the other plants.

2. Light

The best type of light that can be provided to an Anthurium Warocqueanum plant is that of bright, shiny, indoor sunlight

Sunlight is quite essential for a plant like Anthurium Warocqueanum. There are usually dark forms around the leaves of Queen Anthurium, and the only way to bring out the beauty of this plant is by showcasing it through indirect sunlight. 

By nature, this plant dwells exceedingly well with sunlight but if the light gets too direct, it can lead to the yellowness of the leaves. As such, avoid direct contact with light for this plant.

If at all, you have this plant directly under the sunlight, do not allow it to be for too long. Semi-shade is advisable, after all, Anthurium Warocqueanum is an indoor plant.

3. Temperature & Humidity

For best results, the standard temperature for Queen Anthurium is 68-86° Fahrenheit-F (20-30° Celsius-C), never more and never less. Likewise, the plant is best grown with high humidity.

The best climate condition for this plant is placed with warmer temperatures. Not a place with cold or hot temperatures either. Therefore, you need to figure out the climate conditions of your surroundings before planning on growing such plants.

Additionally, the best humidity for this plant should be at least 70% or more. This does not in any way mean that the plant can not survive with lower humidity levels. However, it is advisable for the best air circulation.

Absurdly, high humidity without the best air circulation can lead to fungus infection. Therefore, let your plant be able to obtain lots of air. This is why a warm, yet windy environment best suits this plant.

4. Watering

You should water your Queen Anthurium plant weekly or every two weeks in the summer, and once a week in the winter. This depends on the plant in particular, for you need to observe your plant and figure out when it needs watering.

To obtain this, observe when the plant leaves start to thin out or fall off, calculate this period with the last time you watered it, and keep to that calculation closely. 

It is important to note that Anthurium Warocqueanum plants are tropical plants that require a lot of water, but overwatering may bring harm to the plant, as well as, underwatering.

For a tip, check Anthurium Warocqueanum’s pot or garden bed, or any other medium, and ensure that the moisture is humus-rich. With a proper drainage process, ensure the plant is effectively watered. 

And lastly, be mindful of your climate condition. This can affect the growth of the and may reduce or increase the plant’s intake of water.

5. Fertilizer

To feed your plant, make use of a balanced liquid fertilizer at one-quarter of strength at intervals. It may be every two weeks in the warm or hot climate and perhaps stops during the cold season. 

As an epiphyte plant, Queen Anthurium’s main nutrient emanates from the waste of other plants or trees, as such, you should be mindful of how much fertilizer you give to your plant.

You can observe the plant, identify when the plant lacks fertilizer or shows signs of too much fertilizer, and move along with such a routine.

It is important to ensure that your fertilizer provides nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for your plant.

Best Place To Grow Anthurium Warocqueanum

Queen Anthurium can be grown in any place with a tropical environment or climate. 

Tropical climate refers to places with a warm temperature that is never below 18°C. In a tropical environment, there are no winter seasons, just periodic rainfalls and evaporation. Therefore, Anthurium’s natural habitats are places with a tropical climate. 

Anthurium Warocqueanum is rare and can be expensive when found. However, you can easily grow this plant from the comfort of your home, but you have to be aware of whether the climate of where you reside is appropriate for such a unique plant.

However, you can decipher the climate condition of your home, or anywhere and ascertain whether the Queen Anthurium can survive in such a place, through the various geo-methods implemented by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

In detail, if you reside outside USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11, you have to take extra care of the Anthurium Warocqueanum plant and watch the temperature level of your surroundings closely. 

As a tip, you can put Queen Anthurium in the best shade when sunny, and keep it when it is cold.

Pruning Anthurium Warocqueanum

Pruning is an effective way of promoting new growth. To prune Anthurium Warocqueanum, you can do this by slightly trimming dead particles or infected parts away from the plant. 

Pruning is very important for a plant like Anthurium Warocqueanum. You should prune your plant at least two to three times a month. Alternatively, you can prune your plant whenever it looks unkempt.

Pruning can also be done by picking or slightly pinching away dead leaves from the plant. This has to be done carefully, to avoid taking away the good part of the Anthurium Warocqueanum plant.

The dark form of this unique plant makes it a little tasking to identify affected parts of the plant. It is recommendable you do this in a bright room or environment,

For either means, slightly take away the infected or affected plant. You can trim off the affected part with a pruner or scissors. 

Especially when Anthurium Warocqueanum is growing on a garden bed or pot, ensure there are no dead leaves or particles that have fallen on it.

After pruning, water your plant if necessary.

Anthurium Warocqueanum Propagation

You can propagate Anthurium Warocqueanum plants through; stem cutting, and division.

1. Stem Cutting

Tools needed: Pruner or scissors, disinfectant, pot, and glove.

Step 1: Start by preparing your cuttings from the new stems that emanate from the mother plant. Use gloves while implementing this method, and sterilize your tools.

Step 2: Fill a plant’s pot with perlite and ensure it has adequate drainage holes.

Step 3: At this point, dip the cut end of the plant into the potting substrate, and put it into a bowl of water. Allow the water to penetrate the pot through the drainage holes and almost all of the perlite is soaked in water.

Step 4: Remove your soaked pot from the bowl, and wrap it all in plastic. Afterwards, allow your cuttings to develop.

2. Division

Tools needed: Pruner or scissors or knife, disinfectant, gloves, cinnamon, sphagnum moss. 

Step 1: Search for healthy offshoots on your plant.

Step 2: Disinfect your tools before use.

Step 3: Cut the offshoot but make sure the offshoot still has its roots. Then, apply cinnamon to the mother plant, and the place you had just cut.

Step 4: Soak the offshoot into humic-rich sphagnum moss.

Step 5: It is preferable if this process is done when the weather is warm for the Anthurium Warocqueanum plant. 

You can propagate the Queen Anthurium through either of these methods. However, the rate of success in the production of new seeds or plants from propagating this plant is undetermined. However, stem cutting is most popular among gardeners.

Anthurium Warocqueanum Toxicity

Queen Anthurium is toxic if consumed by both animals and pets. 

The content of this plant contains calcium oxalate crystals. These are commonly found in the human body, but when it becomes too much, they could lead to urine crystals or kidney stones. Here, both issues are detrimental to one’s health.

When Queen Anthurium is consumed by humans or pets, it causes an itchy and fiery sensation in the mouth. This could lead to other things such as swollen mouth, difficulty in movement, weakness, etc. 

By any chance, if you notice that a person consumes Queen Anthurium, lead such a person to the nearest clinic or hospital, and you can give such a person adequate water and lemon juice. It is quite unlikely to die from this toxicity though.

For the best tip, keep such a plant away from children and pets in any way. Prevention, they say, is better than cure.

Common Problems Of Anthurium Warocqueanum

The most common problems with anthurium warocqueanum plants are;

1. Root Rot

Root Rot refers to a plant disease that affects the root of any plant badly if an immediate solution is not taken. This is one of the most common problems associated with anthurium warocqueanum. 

Root rot is commonly caused by fungus infestation. Examples of some of these fungi are; Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, etc. Fungi most times find their way to unhealthy and wet plants. 

Root rots are difficult to take away from the plant but not impossible. The only solution is to repot your plant in a new pot.

To rid your plant of root rot, firstly, uproot your plant from the pot and examine the root. If only a few roots seem affected by the fungi infestation, take them out and leave the rest.

Next, plant the unaffected plant root in a new, unaffected, and sterile pot. With this method, you have separated the bad from the good and stopped the growth of root rot on your plant.

As a tip, keep your plant healthy, not too damp, and away from any affected plant. The presence of root rot affects the growth of Anthurium Warocqueanum. And it just continually causes your plant to decay and die, if too late.

2. Pest Attacks

This is a major problem for Queen Anthurium plants. Pests are mostly found in unkempt or unhealthy plants. Although, pests usually make their way anywhere.

To treat pests on your plant, you can get a hold of a hose, use it to water down the pests on your plants, and then dry up your soil content or preferably make a new one.

Alternatively, you can make use of any 70% alcohol content, and apply the alcohol to the pest slightly. This method is effective when they are little in number because you have to be mindful of your plant as well.

On that note, you can also make use of homemade pesticides, as opposed to chemical types. This is because they can be harmful to humans and pets.

3. Leaves Turning Brown

Another common problem with Queen Anthurium is the discoloration of the deep green leaves into a brown color. This is mostly caused by underwatering of the leaves, lack of necessary nutrients, and unfiltered, direct sunlight

Underwatering of Queen Anthurium’s plants can cause the leaves to dry out. This is one thing you should avoid about this plant. Never allow it to dry out, rather, an adequate amount of water should be poured on Queen Anthurium at intervals.

 In addition, you should use liquid fertilizer and the right fertilizer content for this plant. If this is not done properly, your plant can show signs of malnourishment. Brown leaves are among these signs. 

Also, a sunburn can affect the color of your plant. This is why a semi-shade or bright shade is recommended. 

However, if your Queen Anthurium leaves get brown, identify the problem out of the listed suspected cause. Fix that problem, and trim off the brown part of the leaf. 

4. Leaves Turning Yellow

Yellow leaves can be caused by numerous reasons such as; lack of adequate nutrients in the plant, overwatering, unwatering, too much pressure on the plant, and it may even be a natural occurrence.

Aside from natural occurrence which is expected of an old plant, you can trim the yellow part away, water your plant or dry it if the problem is overwatering, add more nutrients if required, and lessen the stress on the plant. 

If this method seems small, check out the root of the plant, observe whether it looks mushy, rotten, and can easily come off the plant, then you are dealing with root rot. Check out the first part of this section to find out how you can deal with it.

Wrapping Up

Frankly, the care process of Anthurium Warocqueanum can be demanding at a point. However, we have cooked up the best, most accurate, and less-tasking ways you can take care of your plant.

I hope this guide immensely helps you achieve your aim.


To back up the information we provide in our articles, the Plantials team only uses high-quality sources published in peer-reviewed university or scientific research journals.

  1. Anthurium Warocqueanum, Curtis’s Botanical Magazine.
  2. Anthurium Warocqueanum × Crystallinum, Bullettino Della R. Società Toscana Di Orticultura.
  3. Tissue Culture And Rapid Propagation Of Anthurium Warocqueanum, Journal Of South China Normal University.

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