The Anthurium is a tropical plant also known as Flamingo Flower, Cotton Candy and Lady Jane. The plant is native to the wet tropical areas of Central and South America and is commercially grown as a houseplant container plant. Anthurium plants require warm temperatures of 70 to 90 degrees F. Higher temperatures and direct sunlight will cause burning of the foliage, faded flowers and a reduced life span. Proper care of the plant will initiate blooms through out the year.
Plant the Anthurium in growing medium that is well drained. An even mixture of peat moss, pine park and perlite is commonly used. Firm the medium around the plant roots to hold in plant.
Place the Anthurium plant in a cool location with indirect sunlight. Do not place plants near air and heat vents or areas with drastic changes of hot and cold temperatures.
Water Anthurium plants once a week when the planting material begins to dry out. Make sure the pot has drainage holes as it will not tolerate standing water. Use bottled water or no salt water to prevent a build up which will damage the plant. White chalk forming on the pot or planting medium indicates an excess of salt.
Spray a warm water mist on the flowers on a weekly basis to keep their humidity level high. Increase the humidity in dry climates by placing the plant in a tray filled with pebbles and water. Do not submerge the pot into the water.
Dust the leaves of the plant regularly as a build up will decrease the plants ability to absorb light.
Fertilize the plant once a month with a light application of general purpose houseplant fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer to 1/4 strength and apply at the time of watering the plant.
Cut to remove leaves that are dying or have brown tips. Use a pruning clipper to make a clean cut. Do not tear the leaves from the plant as it can injure the stem.
Things You Will Need
- Peat moss
- Pine bark
- Pot with drainage holes
- Bottled water
- Water mister
- Clean cloth
- General purpose fertilizer
- Pruning clipper
- Keep pets and children away from the Anthurium plant as it is poisonous if consumed.
- Keep the planting material clean and remove dead foliage promptly to prevent gnats on the plants. Lightly spray the plants with insecticidal soap if a problem exists.
- Do not transplant the Anthurium plant until the root structure completely fills the current container.