Anthurium - andraeanum
If you are looking for a plants that stays in bloom all year - you have come to the right place. Here’s a little secret: the beautiful heart-shaped “flowers” are not flowers! What makes these durable, easy-care houseplants so appealing are red, white, pink, or purple waxy leaves called spathes that flare from the base of the fleshy spike where the actual tiny flowers grow. These indoor plants are epiphytes, a type of air plant that comes from warm, tropical regions where they either grow on the surface of other plants or in rich organic humus. With proper conditions the Anthurium will produce about 6 spathes (“flowers’) per year with each one lasting for two to three months. These beauties want you to mimic the rainforest for them and they will be happy! They are also know as Flamingo Flower, Tail Flower, Laceleaf and Painted Tongue Plant. Anturium are very durable and require little care.
- Light: Bright indirect. Note - low light will slow growth and produce fewer, smaller “flowers.” and direct light will scorch the “flowers”.
- Soil & Water: Well drained soil. Water when top inch or so is dry. To avoid over or under watering you can give your anthurium six ice cubes or one-half cup worth of water per week
- Humidity: Above average - mist regularly
- Pet Friendly: No