4 minutes ago
Anthurium warocqueanum bathed in morning light.
I felt somewhat compelled to capture this moment.
This coming warm season will see me providing totems to almost all my specimens of this hemi-epiphytic to occasionally epiphytic species.
I’ll likely include a portion of mineral components to the growing media mix (possibly scoria or pumice). The more aerial root growth each specimen can maintain along the stem, the greater the moisture and nutrient harvesting capacity is generated and a reduced distance is resented to transport said resources to the stem and accompanying leaves. Consequently, larger quantities and larger sized foliage may be supported and retained.
Furthermore, I plan to increase general humidity without necessarily increasing substrate moisture levels to ensure moisture stress is low and higher foliage volumes may be generated.
This may be achieved through overhead pulse irrigation (low volume for a short period) in the morning.
Irrigating in the mornings reduces chances of bacterial or fungal influx into the foliage, compared with leaving moisture on foliage overnight, which may see fungal spores inter leaves through hydathode cells (used to regulate internal osmotic pressure) along leaf edges, via the remaining irrigation moisture droplets.
This may sounds somewhat intensive, though it’s all quite basic knowledge to help this Queen Anthurium along.