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The Anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower (Flamingo Lily), Lace Leaf, or Tail Flower. Their unique tropical shape and colour are popular decorative plants. It’s Botanical name: Anthurium andraeanum
Difficulty level: Easy. The Anthurium is very easy to care for, requiring very little attention to keep it looking beautiful.
The Anthurium’s bright-red heart-shaped spathes and large ornamental leaves make it a popular indoor plant. In Greek, the name Anthurium means “tail-flower”—which refers to these elegant spathes emerging from the plant’s long stems.
When healthy, the Anthurium can grow to be up to 46 cm tall, and can bloom year-round, with flowers lasting up to eight weeks. The plant’s typical yearly cycles include three months or so of flowering, followed by a few months without flowers, and then three more months of flowering.
The anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower (Flamingo Lily), Lace Leaf, or Tail Flower. Their unique tropical shape and colour are popular decorative plants. They’re easy to grow and cost around $5 each. They are absolutely beautiful plants. The anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower (Flamingo Lily), Lace Leaf, or Tail Flower. Their unique tropical shape and colour are popular decorative plants. They’re easy to grow and cost around $5 each. They are absolutely beautiful plants.
Each flower has two petals that come together to form a tube like stem that grows up from the centre of the plant into the sky above it’s home; in fact, it’s called a “flower pot”. It is also known as “Talon” or “teardrop”.
The Anthurium is one of the most well-known examples of a succulent plant . It has a long life cycle , which means that it can live for 20 years or more .
The Anthurium is also one of the plants cited in the U.S. NASA Clean Air Study, for its capacity to purify the air. This plant contributes health as well as beauty to any room that it adorns!
Here’s some basic guidance on how to keep your potted plant happy and healthy.
Light. They do best in bright, indirect light. Avoid placing this plant in direct sunlight—as this may damage its leaves.
Soil & Water. Use a course, free-draining soil for your Anthurium (e.g. a 50-50 mix of potting soil and orchid soil). Water the plant thoroughly, but allow it to dry slightly between waterings, and make sure there is never standing water.
Temperature & Humidity. This plant thrives in moderate to warm temperatures: around 21-32°C. They also prefer high levels of humidity, so do well, for instance, in a bathroom where they receive frequent doses of warm shower steam—and are happy to receive an occasional spritz. They don’t tolerate frost or freezing temperatures, and can be harmed by drafts.
Nutrients & Fertilizer. When it’s is in its active growing cycle, you can support it with a monthly feeding of a diluted high-phosphorus liquid fertilizer.
Toxicity. Anthuriums are poisonous to pets as well as people, if they’re ingested. Some people are sensitive also to the leaves and/or sap, and wear gloves to avoid skin irritation.
Pests & Other Problems. These plants are susceptible to the same types of pets that infect other indoor plants. If you periodically wipe down the leaves (both top and bottom) with soapy water, you’ll be able to avoid many of these problems
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