Plant profile: Anthurium

Posted by: Author scentandviolet December 15th, 2018

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Anthurium is native to tropical rainforests throughout Central and South America. All anthuriums need very high humidity and warmth to thrive.

A. andreanum - These feature heart-shaped leaves that grow up to 1 foot, with flowers available in red, white, pink, and variegated colors. They are distinguished by a straight flower spike.


A. scherzerianum - (pigtail anthurium) is the most forgiving of anthuriums, it features a curling orange flower spike and the leaves are arrow-shaped.


Anthurium plants thrive in bright, indirect light. They do not like exposure to direct sunlight, which can burn their leaves, except in the winter months or in plants that have been carefully acclimated. Anthuriums growing in low light will have fewer flowers and will grow slower.

Make sure to water your anthurium plant regularly, but don’t over water. Only water your anthurium when the soil is dry to the touch. The plant is susceptible to root rot. If it becomes too dry it will slow down the growth. Soak the pot for an hour to rehydrate it.

Anthuriums don't suffer from being slightly underpotted and having room to grow. When you do repot anthuriums, use a half and half mix of high-quality potting soil and orchic soil or perlite.

The plant only needs to be fertilized with a one-quarter strength fertilizer once every three to four months.

All parts of the anthurium plant are poisonous. If ingested, it may cause mild stomach disorders. The anthurium plant's sap can cause skin irritation.


Short plant care instructions: Anthuriums do best in bright, indirect light and prefer plenty of warmth and regular moisture. Keep away from pets and children. 


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