The Anthurium is some of the most widely grown indoor or houseplants in the world. They are easy to grow, have great foliage and wonderful colorful flowers. They can be grown outdoors in warmer climates, however it as indoor plants that they are most popular.
The Anthurium Plants and species are most widely sold as indoor plants include A. andreanum or ‘Flamingo Flower’. This is one of the most popular indoor plants. However a number of other species including Anthurium scherzerianum are also called the ‘Flamingo Flower’.
Anthurium Care and Growing Hints
These are a naturally epiphytic plant, and while requiring moisture Anthurium also require a well drained growing medium.
Seen as an indoor plant in all but tropical climates, Anthurium are fairly easy to grow and are valued for producing long lasting white, pink, red and mauve to lavender flowers.
Flowers very are popular in the cut flower industry. Grow Anthurium in a well drained soil, a temperature of 25-32°C with a watering regime that lets the soil almost dry out and then give the plant a thorough watering. Lots of light bit not direct sunlight.
After a few years Anthuriums will form aerial roots, generally time to repot and divide. These aerial roots can be planted below the surface.The best time to repot Anthuriums is in spring or autumn, when the weather is warm, but not hot.
A good slow release fertilizer would be appropriate. In summary: So in cooler climates, indoors and warm, in warmer areas, outdoors in the tropical climates. Filtered light wherever you grow them and dryish winters.
- Excellent drainage – try a fine orchid potting mix.
- Filtered light – These are naturally an understory plant.
- Do not overpot, Anthiriums grow best with a restricted root run.
- Never over water.
- Fertilise with slow release type fertiliser. Use a liquid foliar spray once a month during active growth for improved results.
Easy by division of plants that have formed an established clump. Best carried out from late spring through summer.
Root systems will need to be reduced on division. If the plant has developed ariel roots, cuttings can be taken with roots attached and grown on.
Species and varieties
Anthurium Flowers are also known as the “Flamigo Flower”. Try Anthurium warocqueanum one of the best, or Anthurium dussi one of the largest.
Anthurium plants are available for sale from the following suppliers
Wide range of Bromeliads, Nepenthies pitcher plants, Anthuriums and Tropical Rhododendrons or Vireyas. All available for sale by mail order from Riverside Bromeliads and Denali Bromeliads.
Anthuriums for foliage
A. crystallinum, A. regale and A. faustinomirandae are mainly grown for their foliage unlike their relatives.
- Anthurium crystallinum has large deep green rounded foliage contrasted with with heavy white veins, an excellent plant for foliage in tropical climates, or indoors.
- Anthurium faustino-mirandae (fausto’s giant) has large glossy foliage.
- Anthurium regale has velvety heavily veined foliage that can reach nearly 2m in length.