The Anthurium, also called tailflower or flamingo flower, is a plant native to tropical regions of South America. Most people are awed by its bright pink and red heart-shaped “flowers.” However, these aren’t flowers but broad leaves called spades. From the spades stem the actual flowers of the plant – single fleshy tubes that don’t look like flowers at all!
The Anthurium is a very hardy houseplant. If properly cared for, it can last for years. Here are some tips to make sure your Anthurium lives a full and happy life.
Water every one to two weeks, or when the soil gets dry to the touch. Anthuriums are susceptible to root rot, so be careful not to overwater it. Watering frequency also depends on light conditions. The more light you expose your Anthurium to, the more you have to water it.
Anthuriums like lots of indirect sunlight. Direct light can scorch its leaves!
Temperature and Humidity
While Anthuriums thrive in very warm temperatures, they can grow in 65-75ºF. Temperatures below 50ºF will stunt its growth. Anthuriums also love humidity. Consider getting a humidifier to regulate the humidity levels around your plant
- There are about 1,000 variations of Anthuriums!
- Anthuriums symbolize hospitality
- Anthuriums are toxic to people and animals. Make sure to place your Anthurium out of the reach of young children and pets.
- Anthuriums have very incredibly long-lasting flowers! If they’re happy and healthy, they can bloom for as long as an entire year
By Maria Veronica Perez