ABOUT THIS ANTHURIUM
Leathery Black Velvet Anthurium, Black Velvet is a wonderful new heart shaped variety derived from an ace of spades seedling. Leaves begin blood red and change to iridescent bronze before maturing to a velvety blackish-green. These plants are relatively fast growing and enjoy humid environments. Definitely an Anthurium for the collector. These are very healthy tropical plants with well established root systems.
The growth rate and leaf color of Leathery Black Velvet will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. Leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
ANTHURIUM PLANT CARE
Leathery Black Velvet are very easy to grow tropical plants that require little care indoors or out. Like other aroids, many species of Anthurium can be grown as houseplants, or outdoors in mild climates. They thrive in moist soils with high organic matter. Anthurium plants can be grown in pots or hanging baskets. Indoors plants thrive at temperatures between 55°- 80°F and require lower light than most other house plants. In cold zones, a containerized Anthurium should be brought inside for the winter months. Note: Most will not survive frost or temperatures below 32 degrees f, keep them warm.
When you receive your new Anthurium, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch to keep your plant standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Anthurium.
Anthurium grow very well in patio and indoor containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 8″ to a 10″ diameter, 10″ deep container will suffice to get started. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
Leathery Black Velvet Anthuriums enjoy humidity and well drained but moist, rich organic mix. Any common orchid soil mix will suffice. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky or dry, sandy soils.
To help establish your new Leathery Black Velvet Anthurium, fertilize sparingly a few inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time release 15-5-10 or any common orchid fertilizers. Unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the plant.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 10-11, find your zone here. This Anthurium requires 70-80% sunlight. Depending on your location filtered sun is best. In the northern end of their grow zone Leathery Black Velvet plants should be brought indoors during the winter months. The patio zone is 7-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colder zones, but must be brought inside before temperatures drop below 48 degrees f and be sure to avoid frost.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at Kens Nursery these Anthurium plants are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE
All Leathery Black Velvet Anthurium Plants for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Plants designated with a sku ending in -4, or -3 will arrive in a standard 4 inch or 2.75 inch growers pot respectively. Kens new, reusable, recyclable deep cells are 5 to 7 inches deep and 1 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Products growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a -5, or -7. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. (click-here)
Note: Before leaving, Leathery Black Velvet Anthurium Plants are inspected, watered, pruned and topped to 36″ if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your plant is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased.
You may want to buy Leathery Black Velvet online now while they are in stock.