The Anthurium, also called the Flamingo plant, is a tropical plant that is especially popular as an indoor plant. The Anthurium belongs to the arum family and comes from South America and has 600 species. They are available in many colors. The Anthurium is not only beautiful, but also very easy to maintain.
The Anthurium loves light, but not bright sunlight. When the plant is in too dark a spot, fewer flowers will emerge. Make sure that it is not draughty around the plant and also make sure that there is no hot heating nearby. The Anthurium does particularly well in bathrooms, as they like high humidity. It is advisable to place the plant in the window facing north. For a window on the east or west it is wise to stay 1 to 2 meters away.
The Anthurium likes tasty relatively warmer temperatures. This is how they feel best when it is around 20 degrees Celsius. In any case, make sure that you do not sit below 16 degrees Celsius.
Pruning and spraying
When you occasionally prune your Anthurium, you make sure that the plant lasts even longer. It is actually logical, when you cut away the old dead leaves, the Anthurium does not need to spend any more energy on them and can take all the energy to new flowers and leaves.
It is recommended to only spray in the winter and only if your living room has a low humidity. Spraying ensures that the Anthurium gets even more flowers and leaves.
It is of course possible that your Anthurium will become too big for the pot it is in. If this is the case, it is best to wait until spring and then start repotting. Make sure that the new pot is 20% larger than the old pot.
Signals of the plant
If your Anthurium has shiny leaves and new flowers are regularly produced, you can assume that the circumstances in which the Anthurium is in the wrong favorable. This also shows that your plant will probably last for months!
It can also happen that the leaves of the plant will discolor, this can have the following meanings:
- If the leaves have a yellow glow, this means that Anthurium will probably get too much direct sunlight, so it is better to move the plant to a place where the sun shines less directly.
- Does the Anthurium suffer from brown leaf edges? This can mean that you get Anthurium too much water or too little water. You can feel this from the status of the potting soil. Is the potting soil dry? Then water more regularly.
- Finally, green flowers indicate that your plant gets too little sunlight and you should therefore place the plant closer to a window or place it more in the sunlight.
The Anthurium was introduced in Europe in 1857. The Austrian doctor and botanist Dr. Karl van Scherzer took the plant from the rainforests in South America. This was also the one who found the first Anthurium. The first species found, the Anthurium Scherzerianum, is still the best known species today.
The Anthurium can have to deal with aphids and scale insects. Aphids are fairly easy to remove with cold water and a plant sprayer. However, it is important to use biological pesticides for scales. Handy to know is that the scale does not like moisture. To prevent scale insects you can also spray the plant regularly.