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Anthurium

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Anthurium is a genus of herbs often growing as epiphytes on other plants. Some are terrestrial. The leaves are often clustered and are variable in shape. The inflorescence bears small flowers which are perfect, containing male and female structures. The flowers are contained in dense spirals on the spadix. The spadix is often elongated into a spike shape, but it can be globe-shaped or club-shaped. Beneath the spadix is the spathe, a type of bract.

Light
Good light is needed for all Anthurium’s, but you must always avoid direct sunlight otherwise the leaves will go brown and crispy.
Watering
Anthurium’s don’t like dryness at the roots, but occasional experiences of this wont be a deal breaker. For best results use tepid soft water and try to keep the soil at least slightly moist at all times.
Humidity
The plant will need a reasonable level of humidity in order to thrive. The majority of homes should be suitable but if you have very dry air, regular misting will help with this in addition to helping prevent dust from building up on the leaves.
Feeding
In order to do well Anthurium’s require warmth and if you’re providing this requirement it will grow all year round. This means regular gentle weak feeding all year (if it’s actually growing) would definitely be helpful although not essential. Assuming you do decide to feed, anything from every two weeks to once a month is good.
In order to thrive indoors Anthurium’sneed warmth and humidity
Temperature
It must have warm temperatures, so choose your plants location carefully. No lower than 16°C / 60°F and for good growth 20°C / 68°F plus. If you can’t meet the minimum temperature requirement all year round then ease up on the watering and feeding when it gets colder.
Repotting
Look to repot your Anthurium every couple of years in Spring if needed. When it comes to the potting medium no special requirements are needed, normal potting soil is completely fine.
Propagation
You can remove any offsets that have grown when you repot. However the primary reason Anthurium’s are so expensive is because they take a long time to grow into an attractive looking and flowering sized plant. So bear this in mind if you are attempting to expand your collection through propagation.
Speed of Growth
Moderate.
Height / Spread
The Painter’s Palette can get quite large at 60cm / 2ft in in both height and spread, where as the Flamingo Flower is often smaller at around 15cm / 18in.
Flowers
The flowers on Anthurium’s are unique looking and often long lasting. If a constant warm temperature is achieved then flowering can occur at anytime of the year, if not then expect the waxy vibrant flowers to appear between February through to September.

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