Care Guide

Please note: any advice given here is derived from our own experiences. We have learnt a lot about growing aroids and propagating them over the last couple of years. With our Care Guide we want to share our experience with you. But please keep in mind that what works for us may not work for you.


Light
Less light is better. We are growing our aroids in a grow tent with artificial light. The less light (by less light we mean lower intensity) the better our plants grow. It can be quite a journey until you find out which light intensity suits your plant the most.
We highly recommend high-quality grow lights, especially in winter. In spring and summer a window will work as well but please keep in mind that aroids do not like direct sunlight.
Please note: Aroids can easily be burnt by too much light.

Humidity
Araceae are native to tropical rainforests which means that they absolutely love high humidity. Some species might handle lower humidity but, nevertheless, can suffer from that (e.g. they are not able to unfurl a new leaf without any damage on it). If a plant is grown in a closed environment, a terrarium for example, it is important to install a fan for air circulation or ventilate it on a daily basis.

Temperature
In our experience, lower temperatures are better. A general 18°C-28°C 'rule' would not fit the needs of every single species since aroids are native to different geographical areas with individual climatic conditions. In our grow tent the temperature varies seasonally from 22°C-28°C.
We do not use heat mats anymore since we have noticed some bad influence on the plant, e.g. root rot and overheating.

Medium
We grow our plants in our own aroid mix. Cuttings are propagated in live sphagnum moss.
We use 30% coco coir, 30% perlite, 30% pine bark and 10% worm castings for our soil mix. For our Anthuriums we add a bit more perlite and pine bark since they like their soil to be chunkier. Occasionally, we change the ratios of our soil mix.

Fertilising
We fertilise heavy and a lot. But we do not recommend this for everyone. It's safer to follow the instructions on your fertiliser and probably use a slightly lower dose than written on the bottle.
We use a high-quality fertiliser and vitamins. If you are interested in which products we use, please contact us. We are happy to help.

Pest Control
Pests are unavoidable. Since our plants live in a closed space, it is easy to use predatory mites as biological pest control. If your plants are not in a closed space, this might not work perfectly for you but it's definitely worth a try.