For best results grow Anthurium andreanum in good quality houseplant compost and keep well-watered. Feed fortnightly with a general houseplant fertiliser, and top-dress annually to refresh the compost. Toxic to Cats. Toxic to Dogs. No reported toxicity to Birds.
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Anthurium andraeanum also called flamingo flower or lace leaf is one of the most striking and recognizable houseplants available, and for good reason! Glossy spade-like leaves encompass lustrous, vivid flowers that are sometimes mistaken for plastic.
The iconic "flowers" are often cut and used in floral arrangements, and come in a range of colors depending on variety or hybrid of Anthurium.
This type of inflorescence is a hallmark of the family Araceae that Anthurium adraeanum belongs to. You'll see similar inflorescences on related plants such as peace lilies Spathiphyllum wallisii and calla lilies Zantedeschia aethiopica!
The spike-shaped spadix which is often yellow, but sometimes red or pink has a surface packed tightly with tiny flowers. The spadix is encased within the colorful spathe, which is actually a bract or modified leaf and not a petal like many people think!
There are several species of Anthuriums, which all bear comparable flowers, but A. It's endemic to the rainforests of Ecuador and Colombia, which will give you some idea of the conditions it needs. If you've read any of my earlier blog posts, you'll know that a plant's native habitat is the biggest indicator of how to take care of it in your home.
Anthuriums won't be happy placed in a dim or dry corner: they needs lots of indirect light, humidity, and warmth! Read on to find out how to take care of this unique tropical plant. Lighting: Bright, diffused light is best for Anthurium andraeanum. During growing and flowering season spring to late summer , a south or west-facing window is perfect. Just make sure to protect the Anthurium from hot summer sun!
During winter, I've had success keeping mine in more moderate light from an east-facing window. They won't bloom in moderate light, but they'll continue to grow fine. Anthuriums must have that bright light in order to flower, which is the case for most plants. Watering: Anthuriums require consistently moist soil. Throughout growing season, I water when the surface of the potting medium is dry to the touch - this usually ends up being every few days for me, but will be different for everyone depending on other environmental factors like light, temperature, and humidity.
In the winter, water less, but never let the plant completely dry out. Additionally, make sure the container you're using has excellent drainage.
Anthuriums won't tolerate "wet feet. A humidifier is the best option, but you can also place the plant on a pebble tray or pack moist spaghum moss on the top of the soil in order to increase ambient humidity.
Edges will start to brown and crisp if the air is too dry. This is the same mixture I use for many moisture-loving tropicals like rex begonias and calatheas.
The peat will help to retain some moisture without being soggy, and perlite provides aeration and prevents the soil from compacting. To help with blooms, fertilize with a high-phosphorous food during growing season every month.
In the winter you can cut back fertilizer considerably, or all together. Repotting: When repotting, go up to a slightly larger size, no more than inches. Anthuriums appreciate a tight-fitting pot.
The spadix will often drop pollen, so some people like to prune that part to avoid any mess, and to prolong the colorful spathe.
Blog About Contact. Plant profiles: Anthurium andraeanum flamingo flower. An example of an Anthurium inflorescence, with a yellow spadix and rich red spathe. Leaves have brown edges: the air is too dry! Boost the ambient humidity by using some of the tips I mention above.
Fungus gnats: fungus gnats breed in moist soil, so many tropical plants are prone to them. There are a number of ways to battle fungus gnats, but my favorite way is to water the plant with diluted hydrogen peroxide and then sprinkle the soil with mosquito bits. Not flowering: the Anthurium is not getting enough light, is too young, or is under-fertilized. Only plants over a year old will bloom, so it still a may be a young plant. If you bought it while in bloom and want to encourage new inflorescences, use a fertilizer specialized for blooms and move the plant to a brighter area.
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Plant profiles: Anthurium andraeanum (flamingo flower)
Several Anthurium species have started to become quite trendy as houseplants of late, tending to appear more frequently in many shops and nurseries. Anthurium's are not the cheapest houseplants you can purchase, especially if compared with the other indoor plants you'll find stocked next to it. However despite the price tag they're certainly exotic and striking houseplants and arguably well worth the money. The flowers are long lasting and it's not unusual for an Anthurium to be in almost continuous flower. With the bright waxy tough flowers hovering above the contrasting dark green leaves for months on end they're good value and certainly have many fans. How do you pronounce Anthurium correctly?
Anthurium (Painter's Palette / Flamingo Flower)
Gardening Help Search. Grow in St. Louis as a houseplant. Use a well-drained, peaty potting mixture with a layer of pot shards at the bottom. Plants need bright light part or diffused sun in summer , but avoid full sun.