Anthurium is one of the most beautiful flowering plants to grow indoors. Also known as the Flamingo Flower, its heart-shaped leaves and red waxy flowers that pop, adds tropical charm to any room.
Here’s how to care for your Anthurium.
Native to South America, this tropical beauty thrives in warm and bright areas. Place your Anthurium where it will receive plenty of indirect light. Do not expose to direct light as it can burn the leaves and flowers.
The Anthurium likes its soil to slightly dry out between drenchings. Soak the soil thoroughly and wait for the water to drain through, then empty any excess water sitting in the saucer to avoid root rot. Allow the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out before watering again.
Tip: the top of the soil may look dry but it can be wet beneath, so before watering your plant, dip your finger into the soil to feel the level of moisture. If it feels soggy, wait for a few days and check again.
Temperature & Humidity
The Anthurium prefers average to warm environments and high humidity. Provided that there is adequate light, bathrooms are a cosy environment due to the high humidity. If you’re placing your Anthurium elsewhere in your home, give it a good misting to increase humidity. Keep away from drafts of hot and cold air that may harm it.
The Anthurium leaves tend to pick up dust; keep them looking lush and fresh by gently wiping them down with a moist cloth. Also, remove any dead or yellowing leaves and flowers.
Fertilise your Anthurium once a month during the growing season with a liquid fertiliser to promote flowering.
In the cooler months give your Anthurium a period of rest once the flowers fade. Move to a cooler and low-light spot, and cut back on watering.
Anthurium is not flowering
Anthuriums require warmth and plenty of bright indirect light to bloom. Move it to a brighter spot, preferably near a window, but just make sure it’s not exposed to direct light.
Anthurium leaves are turning yellow or brown
Older Anthurium leaves may yellow and drop off, which is completely natural. However, if lots of leaves are turning yellow (including new growth), then your plant is probably getting too much water. Allow the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out between watering.
Brown leaves are commonly caused by underwatering, direct light or dry air. Place your Anthurium in a warm, bright filtered spot, and keep away from drafts of hot and cold air that can harm it. Your Anthurium will benefit from regular misting, which increases humidity.
Anthurium pest problems
Pest problems normally occur when the soil conditions are too wet. Allow the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out between watering, and provide the plant with good air circulation. Spray your Anthurium with soapy water or insecticidal soap to remove bugs.
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