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How to Care for Anthurium Tropical Plants

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Overview

Anthurium, also known as flamingo flower, is a tropical evergreen plant native to Central and South America. It grows to about 12 inches in height and produces large, ornamental pink flowers that bloom throughout most of the year. Anthurium is typically grown indoors in temperate climates but can be grown outdoors as long as environmental conditions are monitored carefully.

Step 1

Plant anthurium in a container filled with a planting medium made of three parts peat moss and one part sphagnum moss. Place the plant in a location that receives only filtered, indirect sunlight. Direct sun will damage anthurium's fragile foliage and flowers.

Step 2

Keep anthurium at a temperature of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. Use a thermometer to ensure the temperature does not deviate from this range or permanent damage can occur. Anthurium is a tropical plant and thrives in warm conditions.

Step 3

Mist anthurium several times per day with a spray bottle filled with lukewarm water to emulate the humidity of its native habitat. Spray the plant early in the morning so excess moisture can evaporate before temperatures drop in the evening.

Step 4

Water anthurium tropical plants once per week during spring and summer to keep the soil consistently moist. Reduce frequency to once every two weeks during fall and winter. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely at any time or leaf drop may occur.

Step 5

Feed anthurium once per month during spring and fall using a 5-10-5 NPK fertilizer. Fertilize in fall and winter once every six weeks using a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer. Follow the manufacturer's directions for proper dosage for the best results.

Tips and Warnings

  • Anthurium is mildly toxic and should not be kept in an area accessible to pets or children.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting container
  • Peat moss
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Thermometer
  • Spray bottle
  • Fertilizer

References

  • University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: Tropical Anthuriums for Holiday Color
  • University of Hawaii Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences: Anthurium
  • "The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual;" Barbara Pleasant; 2005
Keywords: anthurium, flamingo flower, tropical plants

About this Author

Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.

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