Low maintenance schedules, year-round flowers and tolerance from pests and diseases make Anthurium among the easiest plants to grow. Add to this their stunning looking long-lasting blooms means they are among the most sought-after indoor flowering plants in the world. With over a 1000 varieties, some of them coveted for their spectacular leaf variations these Aroids are having their moment in the spotlight around the world.
Adopting and caring for 18” Anthurium Peach
Adopting: It’s easy to spot an uncared for Anthurium. Overcrowded pots, burnt or brown leaves. Mottling of the spadix. The best specimens have lush, deep green leaves a few stand out flowers all in a pot that is not overgrown or too thin. While these plants are free from most insect-borne diseases, look out for any issues with their leaves, especially on the undersides.
Locating: Anthuriums have evolved in the undergrowth of tropical forests so they need shaded or filtered light. Set the plant up in a bright spot in your home or office. Direct sun will damage the plant, so give them indirect light as best as you can. They can also be grown under artificial fluorescent lights like the ones in the office
Potting: An Anthurium does not need any special type of potting mix. Being a tropical native, they do well in any well-drained potting soil rich with organic material. Use a mix of coco-peat, compost, sand in 20:60:20 ratio
Watering: Overwatering is the chief cause of disease or death of any plant. While they need regular watering, do ensure that you don’t overdo it. To get the plants to show off their glossy leaves and plastic-like flowers it is best to wipe their leaves clean with a moist tissue or cloth once every month. In drier months, misting them a few times a week will help improve humidity around the plant, helping them flourish.
Fertilising: Feeding your Anthurium a few times a year is a good way to get them to bloom regularly. Give them some organic liquid fertiliser once or twice a year. Dilute it in water as described on the pack and add a little to each pot as part of your watering routine. If you are using a chemical fertiliser do ensure that you keep it away from the plant and its base.
An Anthurium, with its unique character, adds an air of sophistication to any indoor or outdoor setting. These plants are easy to care for and flower freely if they have been provided with a good potting substrate. If your plant is set in an indoor location with very little light, it’s best to rotate the plant to a spot with better light, like a window, or a balcony. Do ensure that these locations do not bring harsh, direct light onto the plants
Did you know
Did you know: The “flower” of an anthurium is not really a flower, but a spathe or modified leaf that evolved to protect its spadix that contains tiny male and female flowers