Care for anthurium plant

Caring For Anthurium Growing In The Garden Or Home

The anthurium plant is grown as a houseplant in cooler areas and as a landscaping plants in USDA zones 10 or higher. Proper care for anthurium is easy to do as long as you provide a few key elements for the plant. Keep reading to learn more about care of anthurium plants.

Basic Anthurium Care

Anthurium plants can tolerate all levels of indirect light, but anthuriums growing in low light will have fewer flowers and will grow slower. These plants cannot tolerate direct light however, as this can burn the leaves. It grows best in bright, indirect light.

Anthurium care also requires that the soil be free draining but hold some water. If you are growing this plant as a houseplant, half and half mix of potting soil and orchid soil or perlite will provide the kind of soil anthuriums prefer. Outdoors, plant in a well-drained location. Anthurium plants don’t like continually moist soil.

Make sure to water your anthurium plant regularly, but don’t over water. Only water your anthurium when the soil is dry to the touch. The plant is susceptible to root rot, so too much water can cause the roots to die. If you allow the plant to become too dry in a pot, it will slow down its growth and the rootball will be difficult to re-wet. If the rootball becomes too dry in the pot, soak the pot the anthurium plant is in for an hour to rehydrate it.

Care of anthurium plants does not require too much fertilizer. The plant only needs to be fertilized with a one-quarter strength fertilizer once every three to four months. To get the best blooms, use a fertilizer that has a higher phosphorus number (the middle number).

Proper care for anthuriums is not hard. Once you have the plant in the right soil and the right location, watering is simple. An anthurium growing in your garden or home will reward you with wonderful, long lasting flowers.

Anthurium Plant Tips: What to Do When Your Anthurium Loses Their Flowers

For most modern homes with central air and heating, this isn’t a problem. However, it is important to ensure your anthurium isn’t positioned near an outside door or vent since drafts could lower the immediate temperature. Instead, anthuriums grow best when the temperature is kept between 70 and 85 degrees F.

3. Water Your Anthurium Properly

One of the biggest risks to your anthurium’s health is root rot from improper watering.

Oversaturating an anthurium plant, or not giving them enough water, can both cause health problems that could lead to the death of the plants if you don’ttake quick action.

To avoid this problem, give your anthuriumsix ice cubes or one-half cup worth of water per week.

4. Prune Flowers as They Begin To Wilt

When you notice a flower on your anthurium is past its prime, your best bet is to safely remove it.

This allows your plant to dedicate more energy to developing new blooms, rather than keeping failing blooms alive longer.

Since anthuriums won’t rebloom on the same stalk, you can remove any wilted flowers by pruning the entire stalk off at the base of the plant. Just make sure you use clean, sterilized cutting shears to avoid spreading disease to your plant.

5. Remove Brown and Dead Leaves

Generally, brown leaves aren’t anything to be alarmed about and can simply be removed when you prune wilted blooms. In most cases, brown leaves can be removed by gently tugging with your hands; however, you may need to use cutting shears if they won’t detach easily. If you notice your anthurium plant has consistently brown leaves that occur outside the natural life cycle of your plant, you may need toswitch up your care routine.

Now that you’ve given your anthuriums the care they need to thrive, it’s only a matter of time until a new bloom will appear to delight you.

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Height: 18 inches

Spread: 12 inches

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Hardiness Zone: 10

Other Names: Tail Flower, Flamingo Flower

Description:

An exciting tropical plant producing bright, glossy red heart shaped spathes that last for several weeks; each with a spadix that matures to yellow, covered in tiny flowers; large, dark green leathery leaves for contrast; great for indoor containers

Features & Attributes

Anthurium features unusual spikes of red heart-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its large glossy heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year.

This is an open herbaceous evergreen houseplant with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture stands it apart from other indoor plants with finer foliage. You may trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage releat blooming.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Anthurium can be expected to grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. This houseplant performs well in both bright or indirect sunlight and strong artificial light, and can therefore be situated in almost any well-lit room or location. It does best in average to evenly moist soil, but will not tolerate standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn’t be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant. Be warned that parts of this plant are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so special care should be exercised if growing it around children and pets.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it’s growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.

— THIS IS A HOUSEPLANT AND IS NOT MEANT TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE —

Normally you would place anthurium cut flowers in a vase, and an anthurium pot plant in a plant pot. But did you know that you can also place an anthurium in water? This looks nice and is especially handy for people who often forget to water their plants. In this article we’ll explain how to make an anthurium in water.

Anthurium in water

Growing plants in water instead of in soil, is called hydroponics. If you use a glass vase, the beautiful roots of the plant will become visible. And besides that it’s beautiful, the plant always has enough water. So watering is no longer necessary. It’s beautiful and convenient! 😉

How to

Necessities:

  • Anthurium pot plant
  • Bucket
  • Vase

Start with taking the Anthurium plant out of its pot, and rinse its roots carefully to clear it of all soil. Then fill the vase with water, and place the plant in it. The roots must be just underneath the water. That’s it! The only thing you’ll have to do now, is refresh the water every now and then and keep a close eye on the water level.

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3 things you should not do with an anthurium plant

Usually we provide you with tips on things you should to keep your plants alive. But it’s also useful to know which things you should not do. Because if you do things that don’t help your plant, your plant won’t grow anyway. We recently shared 5 things that you should not do with an orchid, and in this article you will find 3 things that you should not do with an anthurium.

Placing it in direct sunlight

The anthurium loves to be placed in a light spot, but not in direct sunlight. Because when the plant is positioned in direct sunlight, its leaves can get burned. The anthurium is a warmth-lover, so be careful not to place it in a dark place because in there it will give fewer flowers. Keep your plant away from draughts and don’t place it close to a hot radiator. At a temperature between 20° C and 22° C, an anthurium flowers best.

Throwing it away

Do not throw away an anthurium plant after its flowers have gone, but wait patiently. With proper care and regular fertilization, the anthurium will produce new flowers. Usually there is a cycle of three months of flowering, a few months without, and then three months of flowering again. Isn’t your anthurium producing new flowers? Then you can help your plant a bit, by giving it only a little bit of water for six weeks to two months. After that period you start giving it more water and starting with plant food again. Preferably do this in spring, so that the anthurium can blossom nicely when the sun shines. This generally ensures that the anthurium will bloom again.

Giving it too much water

If you give your anthurium plant too much water, the roots can rot. Root rot is caused by stagnant water. Pay attention to how much water you’re giving your plant. Only water it when the potting soil feels rather dry, and use well-drained potting soil.

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Anthurium Plant

Botanical Name: Anthurium andraeanum

Anthurium plant is among the best-known tropical flowers. Popular in tropical flower arrangements, Anthurium bouquets are often used in weddings on Hawaii and other Pacific islands.

Anthurium plant, also known as tail flower, is especially colorful from spring through fall. Anthurium flowers are long-lasting, and newer cultivars will bloom almost year-round.

The glossy red, heart-shaped flowers are actually spathes that last for several weeks, each with a white spadix covered densely with its tiny, true flowers. Some varieties have spathe colors that are pink, orange or white.

Long, dark-green leathery leaves are held on upright stems. Anthurium leaves are poisonous. They contain calcium oxalate crystals that cause severe burning in the mouth. Keep the plant away from pets who may play with or chew on its foliage. It’s also a good idea to wear gloves when handling this plant to avoid skin irritation.

Shed some light. Bright light will make these beauties bloom. Give your plant as much bright light as you can year-round, but keep it out of direct sun. A curtain-filtered sunny window is ideal.

Raise the humidity. Because of the need for humidity, Anthurium growing can be challenging in the home. However, newer cultivars are less fussy than the species. If the relative humidity drops below 50%, use a humidity tray or room humidifier to increase the moisture in the air. Grouping plants also helps to maintain the humidity around them. Brown leaf tips may be a sign of dry air.

To repot…or not. The best time to repot your Anthurium plant is when new growth begins in spring. Move into a pot that’s only 1 size bigger — and only when necessary. Set the plant high so that the crown sits above the soil line. If roots show up at the surface between repottings, cover them with potting mix. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent soggy soil.

Keep it clean. Anthurium leaves are naturally glossy. Just wipe them with a damp cloth to keep them dust-free. Avoid leaving water drops on the leaves because it may cause brown spots, a fungus that needs to be treated with a fungicide.

Anthurium Plant Care Tips

Origin: Columbia

Height: Up to 18 in (45 cm); compact cultivars reach only 12 in (30 cm). Tall flower stems may need staking.

Light: At least 4 hours of bright light each day. No direct sun.

Water: Keep soil evenly moist spring through fall, slightly drier in winter. Yellow leaves are often caused by overwatering. Water thoroughly, but don’t allow soil to get soggy.

Humidity: Try to maintain 50% relative humidity or higher. Here are some easy ways to increase humidity for your tropical houseplants.

Temperature: 65-70°F/18-21°C at night, 75-80°F/24-27°C during the day.

Soil: Peat moss based potting mix.

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a high-phosphorus liquid fertilizer diluted by half.

Propagation: Divide crowded clumps when repotting. Plant separately in small containers. New plants should bloom in about a year.

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