House Plant Care - Anthurium

House Plant Care - Anthurium

By Vijay Krishna

House Plant Care - Anthurium

Anthurium is a genus of around 1,000 species of perennial plants found in the natives of Central America, northern South America, and the Caribbean. 

The flowering varieties of these plants are distinctive for their multicolored spathes. They have red or yellow tail-like flower spikes. Other varieties feature large-leaved, deeply veined foliage. Many anthuriums are climbers and all need high humidity and warmth to thrive. They tend to thrive in greenhouses. 

 

To Do: For Growth

Anthurium plants thrive in bright, indirect light. They require between 200 to 800 foot candles of light for 6 hours of the day to thrive.  Except in winter seasons, do not expose the plant to direct sun. Give it a stake or small trellis to climb on, when it fails to crawl up by itself. The soil should be kept slightly moist and never allow to dry out completely. Placement of a tray of water-filled gravel will help the plant drain and also help keep humidity levels high. Sign of watering – make sure you water when the top layer is dried out. Mist the plant in dry or winter months to maintain the humidity and warmth.

 

Soil Conditions

Anthuriums prefer well-draining and coarse potting. An orchid mix with additional sand and peat moss mixed together makes a perfect potting mix for anthuriums. Whenever the plant fills up its pot with roots the repotting should be done. This has to be done when you find the roots popping above the soil level. This is a sign that the plant can be repotted, which is also a good time to propagate new plants. It is safe and recommended to use liquid fertilizer throughout the growing period. Use a fertilizer high in phosphorus. The diluted half-strength can be used frequently in a couple of weeks.