Instructions for Pink Flamingo Lily Care

Overview

The pink flamingo lily, also known as anthurium, is a popular indoor plant, especially around the Christmas holidays when it puts on a display of brightly colored blooms. The pink flamingo lily exhibits waxy heart-shaped flowers rising up from leaves that look like shiny green triangles. Pink flamingo lilies aren't difficult to grow, and with a little extra care and attention they will bloom all year long.

Step 1

Put the pink flamingo lily in bright but indirect light for at least six hours each day. Direct light or hot afternoon sunlight can scorch the leaves, but too little light will cause delayed growth.

Step 2

Plant the pink flamingo lily in a well-draining potting mixture. A good quality commercial potting soil mixed with half peat moss is a good choice.

Step 3

Water the pink flamingo lily deeply and allow it to drain through the hole in the bottom of the pot. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings, but never allow the soil to become bone dry, as both excessive moisture and excessive dryness can cause damage to the roots of the plant. Be sure the pink flamingo lily is planted in a container with a drainage hole, and never allow the bottom of the pot to stand in water.

Step 4

Fertilize the pink flamingo plant every three to four weeks, using a liquid fertilizer formulated for African violets or blooming houseplants. The fertilizer should be applied according to the directions on the label, except that the fertilizer should be diluted to half strength, and during fall and winter, the fertilizer should be diluted to 1/4 strength.

Things You'll Need

  • Commercial potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Planting container with drainage hole
  • Liquid fertilizer for African violets or blooming houseplants

References

  • University of Minnesota: Anthuriums; Nature's Valentines
  • University of Hawaii: Anthurium (Anthurium)
  • University of Florida: Tropical Foliage Plant Development: Breeding Techniques for Anthurium and Spathiphyllum
Keywords: pink flamingo lily, anthurium, houseplants

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.