Anthurium andreanum inflorescence

Anthurium andreanum inflorescence

Anthurium or Flamingo Flower is a genus of plants with beautiful red flowers, native to tropical America.

The red flower you see is not actually the flower but the spadix that surrounds the inflorescence, a spike of small yellowish to pink flowers. Flowering occurs mainly in summer and can last 8 weeks or more.

The foliage is elegant, green, leaves 20 to 25 cm long on long petioles. The height of the plant varies from 30 to 60 cm.

The genus includes over 600 species, some of which are grown as a houseplant.

It is toxic in all its parts, caution is needed with children and pets.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Anthurium, flamingo flower, laceleaf, tallflower

Synonyms:

Podospadix, Strepsanthera

Etymology:

Anthurium: from the Greek anthos (flower) and oura (tail)

Origin:

Tropical America, from Mexico to Argentina

Habitat:

Wet tropical mountain forests



Hardiness:

USDA zone 10-12

Anthurium andreanum

Anthurium andreanum

Care:

Substrate:

A mix of sphagnum, peat and perlite

Light:

Light but no direct sunlight

Water:

In summer, keep the soil moist at all times. In winter it may dry out slightly between waterings. The plant likes a high aerial humidity which can be obtained either by vaporizing or placing it on a water tray.

Fertilizer:

Universal liquid fertilizer, every 2 weeks during growing period, nothing during winter

Temperature:

18-21 °C

Repotting:

In the spring: every 2-3 years for mature plants, each year for young plants. The pot may be quite small, 15 cm in diameter will be enough, even for a mature plant.

Propagation:

By division when repotting in the spring

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