Widespread Identify: Flamingo Flower, Tail Flower, Painted Tongue Plant
Botanical Identify: Anthurium andraeanum
Right here’s a bit secret: the gorgeous heart-shaped “flowers” aren’t flowers! What makes these sturdy, easy-care houseplants so interesting are pink, white, pink, or purple waxy leaves known as spathes that flare from the bottom of the fleshy spike the place the precise tiny flowers develop. These indoor crops are epiphytes, a sort of air plant that comes from heat, tropical areas the place they both develop on the floor of different crops or in wealthy natural humus. Subsequently, as a houseplant, the Anthurium is extraordinarily sturdy and requires little care. Merely repot with a peat moss or a coco coir-based soil combination, present shiny, oblique daylight, and permit the soil to partially dry out between waterings. For extra strong, repeated “flowering,” permit the Anthurium to relaxation for six weeks with little water throughout the winter at roughly 60°F. When you discover that the “flower” is inexperienced slightly than the colour you had been anticipating, it could be a brand new sprout that was compelled to bloom when it ought to have been resting. If a “flower” is fading, it’s seemingly an older bloom that is able to dry up and fall off (see under for care).
Necessary! Anthurium are toxic if ingested, so be very cautious when you’ve got pets and/or babies. The sap can even trigger pores and skin irritation.
Flowering Anthurium wants shiny, oblique gentle (direct daylight will scorch the leaves and flowers!). Low gentle will gradual progress and produce fewer, smaller “flowers.”
Water completely when the primary inch of the soil turns into dry to the contact, stopping when water begins draining from the drainage holes. Keep away from overwatering (Anthurium roots are inclined to rot!). The extra gentle and heat that your Anthurium will get, the extra water it would want, so examine the soil for dryness each few days. These crops will present indicators of stress or thirst, so listen: thirsty crops will likely be gentle when you carry them and could have droopy or puckering leaves. You’ll not have to water as usually within the winter when the plant shouldn’t be actively rising.
The Anthurium prefers very heat temperatures (70-90°F), however don’t fear – these crops are extraordinarily adaptable and may flourish in typical family temperature ranges. Nonetheless, watch out of temperature extremes: in case your thermostat drops under 50°F, the Anthurium will cease rising; if your home will get too sizzling, your Anthuriums will wilt.
Most Anthuriums thrive on humidity, however the flowering varieties can tolerate extra dryness. In case your humidity degree is lower than 50%, then think about using a humidifier to extend the extent to at the very least 60%. Filling small trays with pebbles and water and grouping indoor crops collectively can barely enhance the humidity instantly surrounding your crops.
Through the rising season (spring and summer time), feed your Anthurium as soon as a month utilizing an entire, ¼-strength liquid fertilizer. Be aware — an excessive amount of fertilizer can do extra hurt than good. To encourage extra blooms, use a fertilizer increased in phosphorus throughout the rising season.
- Use a fertilizer excessive in phosphorus to advertise blooms in flowering varieties.
- Use a soil that drains nicely to keep away from root rot, however holds sufficient moisture for root absorption.
- Don’t be alarmed once you see roots rising from the stems! These are merely aerial roots that will profit from occasional misting. When you don’t just like the look of those roots, you possibly can minimize them with out hurting the plant.
- As your Anthurium grows, place it in an even bigger pot. Crowded roots will stunt the plant’s progress!
- When the flowers fade and also you need to take away them, minimize on the base of the flower stem, closest to the bottom of the plant.