Anthurium / Flamingo Flower

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Anthurium spp
How to keep them thriving indoors in Melbourne!

Please Note: The information below is specific to this particular plant. For more detailed notes on the general growing conditions required for all indoor plants, check out our ‘Growing Indoor Plants Successfully’ factsheet.

These come in several colours but the most famous is the pillar box red Anthurium. The spathes are long lasting and glossy, almost plastic looking in their perfection. They add a striking exotic element to your indoor arrangement.

Watering
Water once the top centimetre of potting mix has dried out in the warmer months, water much less in the cooler months, allow potting mix to nearly dry out in between watering. Make sure drainage is perfect, do not allow to sit in water.

Light
Very bright indirect light. Will not flower if insufficient light.

Temperature and Humidity
Anthuriums are from humid tropical rainforests and need a warm humid environment. Temperatures need to be over 16C. Both heating and air-conditioning reduce humidity. Keep plants away from ducts and outlets. Ideally group indoor plants together as this helps create islands of humidity. Regular misting or a room humidifier helps, as does putting pots on feet or pebbles to ensure free drainage and allowing water to collect underneath.

Fertilising
Low fertiliser requirements, liquid feed once a month over growing period (warmer months). Do not feed in cooler months.

Maintenance
Your pot plant should be flushed annually.

Mist and wipe down leaves as needed.

Repotting: Repot when congested, only go up one size and use a regular potting mix. Repot at the start of the growth period.

Problems
Watch for mealy bugs, but generally pest free. If needed you can use a systemic insecticide that is pushed into the soil.