Low maintenance schedules, year-round flowers, and tolerance to pests and diseases make Anthurium among the easiest plants to grow. Add to this their stunning, long-lasting blooms and they are among the most sought-after indoor flowering plants in the world. With over 1000 varieties, some of them coveted for their spectacular leaf variations, these Aroids are enjoying the spotlight around the world.
Adopting and caring for Anthurium Red
Adopting: Adding the sophisticated Anthurium to a plant collection is a feeling only a plant parent can understand. At eplants, we bring you display-ready healthy plants with high-quality growth, beautiful flowers, and well-formed leaves.
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 loss of plant life. While Anthuriums need regular watering, do ensure that you don?t overdo it. To get plants to show off their glossy leaves and plastic-like flowers, it is best to wipe their leaves clean with 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 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.
Anthuriums, with their unique character, add 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. Ensure that these locations do not bring harsh, direct light onto the plants.
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.