Anthurium Balaoanum Plant Care

Okay, this is one confusing tropical plant, as you will see soon. But the fantastic thing is if you have this indoor plant, you have one rare plant in your houseplant collection.

Today, we will help you care for the Anthurium balaoanum, which is a beautiful specimen with thin leathery texture leaves.

One Confusing Anthurium Species

There is a lot of confinement taking place online when people sell the Anthurium balaoanum. The reason for the confusement is that some gardeners say it used to be the same plant from Ecuador, the Anthurium dolichostachyum found in wetter habitats.

Another confinement, according to aroid botanist Dr. Croat from the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, is that many people sell it as the Anthurium guildingii. Still, they have a good reason for the confinement when comparing the two tropical plants’ leaves.

The A. guildingii has narrow cordate blades a bit coriaceous with veins rising from the first basal vein and not from the margins found in the A. balaoanum. Thus the latter is leathery leaves and is more heart-shaped and broader.

As with most aroids, this Anthurium species reproduces through inflorescence. The whole stalk supports the inflorescence known as a peduncle. The flowers comprise both male and female parts growing on the spadix.

The Anthurium balaoanum spathe has a green-yellow color and turns brown reflexing backward but has a maroon tint. Nonetheless, when it comes to Anthurium balaoanum care, it is similar to most plants in the Araceae family.

Anthurium Balaoanum Plant Care

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One thing you will love about your tropical plant outdoors and inside is an air-purifying plant filtering toxic chemicals to provide you with clean air.

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While the above sounds simple, let’s dig a bit deeper into each detail to take care of your exotic plant.

Ideal Potting Mix for Climbing Anthurium to Prevent Root Rot

Your Anthurium balaoanum needs soil to retain moisture but also needs to be free-draining. The best potting medium for this exotic plant outdoors and inside is bark chunks mixed with organic matter.

The plant is very vulnerable to root rot, and the ground needs to be airy to prevent waterlogging.

Another exceptional option to remove excess water is using extra charcoal as your topmost layer as it also enhances growth, helping to promote those gorgeous blooms.

Lighting Recommendation for Plant Outdoors and Inside

Anthurium Balaoanum lighting condition

When it comes to Anthurium balaoanum care for lighting, it can tolerate lower amounts of direct sunlight.

Still, keeping it in direct sun can cause discoloration of the foliage, leaving the leathery leaves burnt.

So, if you notice yellow leaves, it means your plant is getting too much sunlight, and choose a spot with bright indirect sunlight.

Watering Needs For The Soil Mix

No matter what type of Anthurium plant you have for balaoanum care, the watering needs are similar. We recommend only watering your plant when the soil mix is dry to the touch.

The best is to insert your finger into the ground to ensure that the soil is moist or dry. Your plant has thin leaves, and with good drainage, it still loves water compared to other plants.

Temperature & Humidity

Anthurium Balaoanum temperature requirement

Your exotic plant thrives in humidity and warm temperatures. The ideal temperature is 65 degrees F to 80 degrees F (21C to 32C). While it can tolerate low temperatures, it is not suitable for your plants.

Still, it cannot tolerate freezing temperatures as it will go into shock, and best to bring your plant indoors during winter. Thus, you need to provide artificial heating if your home is cold.

Or you can place your plant in indirect sunlight in another part of the home. The other fantastic thing is that Anthurium balaoanum can tolerate lower humidity levels, but a moisture level of 70% is ideal.

You can place a saucer filled with pebbles and water underneath your plant to provide it with the moisture it needs.

The water evaporates to provide a natural habitat year-round for them to grow. Yet, it is best to keep it away from heating vents and direct air blowing from air conditioners.

Fertilizing Anthurium

The best fertilizer is a seaweed extract in powder or liquid fertilizer. We recommend diluting the feed to prevent it from causing yellow leaves or root rot.

Another recommendation is a phosphorus feed to prevent the foliage from losing color and allow for gorgeous blooms. You can feed your plant once a week during the growing season.

You can reduce the feeds to once a month during winter as it has stunted growth.

Propagation of Anthurium Balaoanum

Yes, you want more than one of these rare plants, and the best way to achieve this is through propagation. There are three methods you can use air layering, stem cuttings, and seed. We will discuss the cuttings and seed planting here.

Stem Cuttings

You will need half an inch of cutting taken of the shoots, and best to take up to six or more cuttings one inch long. Remove all the lower leaves of the stem and dip that end into a rooting hormone. Take a glass with lukewarm water and leave it standing in the tumbler for about two weeks or until you notice new roots developing.

Then, you can plant the cuttings into a new pot.

Planting from Seeds

If you are lucky to have your Anthurium balaoanum growing as an outdoor plant and becoming pollinated, you can remove the seeds in the berries developed. Or you can buy them from your garden center.

  1. Get a container, mix in the suitable soil as described, and place the pot in indirect light.
  2. You can add some organic matter or compost to your container.
  3. Make holes about one inch apart to place the seed inside.

It should take up to eight weeks before you notice new growth.

Growth Zone

You can grow your Anthurium balaoanum outdoors in the USDA hardiness zones ten or higher. But if you live in regions with colder months, it is best to take your plant indoors.

Repotting Anthurium

Yeah, the good news is your tropical greenery does not need transplanting often. You can expect to repot your plant every two years. We recommend a larger pot, and once placed in the soil, you can fertilize it once and water it weekly by checking the ground moisture.

The best time to repot is in the growing season.

Anthurium Varieties

anthurium andraeanum

Anthurium andraeanum

The plant goes by Laceleaf or the Flamino flower with large colored leaves that appear lacquered. The blooms are long-lasting, and it has a middle spike holding tiny flowers known as the bract.

Anthurium scherzerianum

Anthurium scherzerianum

The plant has an elongated lance-type curly spadix with a narrow point. Some people know it as the pigtail anthurium with orange, pink, purple cream, green, to red flowers.

Anthurium faustomirandae

Anthurium faustomirandae 

The plant comes from Mexico with rich green, bluish cast leaves. The foliage has a cardboard-like feel perched upon thin stalks. When new leaves grow, it has a coppery red tint, but it has a matte finish once they mature.

Anthurium Balaoanum Diseases & Pests

Some common issues you can find with your plant are as follows:

Leaves Turning Yellow

Yes, this problem can result from excess water from overwatering, not enough drainage, or the potting mix. The important thing is the container needs huge drainage holes and only needs watering when the top inch of the soil is dry.

Leaf Damage

Your plant can take early morning sun or very late in the afternoon. But if your vegetation stands in direct light outdoors, it damages the leaves. So if you need to place your indoor plant outside as it grows too big, you must acclimate your plant.

You do this by letting it stand outdoors for a short while extending the length every day.  


Your plant is not resistant to insects, and you can still find spider mites, mealybugs, and thrips causing havoc on them. To prevent them from sapping the life out of the foliage, you can use a damp cloth on the leaves to clean them. Then dry the vegetation with a dry cloth.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can grow your Anthurium balaoanum as an outdoor or indoor plant where the temperatures are warm. But we recommend bringing your plant inside when temperatures drop.

If you are unsure that you have an Anthurium balaoanum and perhaps an Anthurium guildingii, there are differences. Your A. balaoanum has veins rising from the margins, not from the first basal. The leaves are also not that leathery but more velvet.

It is so expensive because it is a rare plant not found in most garden centers and comes from Ecuador.

The rare plant you can find online or, if you are lucky, at a garden center but on rare occasions. Yet, you can find the Anthurium balaoanum sold here at Plantly. So why not check it out.

Whether you want to buy, sell, or simply reach out to other plant enthusiasts, Plantly is the right place to be!

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