Friday, May 16, 2014

How to care for an Anthurium


While visiting my florist that carries a variety of wonderful houseplants, I found this magnificent Anthurium that was beginning to bloom. There are several species available for sale and they all bloom with long lasting large blooms in an array of colors.

Anthuriums are handsome plants with large deep-green, heart-shaped sturdy leaves but are not always the easiest of houseplants to keep. It can take them a while to to look their loveliest if they have a set back such as drying out too much. I would not recommend one for a beginner unless they are very devoted to regular waterings. A well cared-for Anthurium is a splendid addition to any home.

The Anthurium is native to the tropics of the Americas and can be found in Mexico, Columbia, Panama, Venezuela and Brazil.   They are a fascinating genus of plants that will live with you for many years in the right conditions. 

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Care Instructions---
  • Bright indirect light or some morning sun.  They should not have too much direct sun or the leaves will be pale.
  • Anthuriums in smaller container should be watered as soon as the top is dry.  A plant in a 6" container will use about 1 pint of water.   For plants in 8" diameter pots or larger,  the soil can dry out up to about 1" below the soil surface before watering.  Water a plant in an 8" container with about 1 quart of water and a large plant in 10" diameter pot will use about 1 1/12 quarts of water, when necessary. 
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth and blooming.
  • Humidity helps with these tropicals.  A daily mist of water is good for them.
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