Anthurium Care Secrets

Perhaps you received a beautiful anthurium plant as a gift or you bought one as a memento of your Hawaiian vacation and now you are asking yourself: “How do I keep this stunning, tropical plant alive?”

Anthurium Care

Anthurium Care

Fortunately for you, as long as you can follow a few simple anthurium care guidelines, you’ll have no problem keeping your new anthurium plant alive for years to come.

Watering
The number one thing that you have to do is water your plant properly. Anthuriums are very hardy plants, but like all plants they need to be watered regularly. You should water them every 1 to 3 days, depending on the humidity level and temperature, but you must be careful not to over-water them. Make sure that the pot that you have placed them in drains well. If their roots are allowed to sit in standing water they will experience root rot.

Environment
You should keep your anthurium plant indoors and out of direct sunlight, which can burn their flowers and leaves. As long as the temperature is comfortable for you, your anthurium will be fine. They like temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees, just like most humans do.

Pests and Diseases
If you keep your anthurium plant indoors, the good news is that you are unlikely to run into any problems with pests, like scales, thrips and aphids. But if you do run into these pests you can deal with most of them by misting the leaves of your anthurium with water and wiping them down with a soft cloth. If this is not enough, you can apply an insecticidal soap to keep these pests under control.

In outdoor farms, a soil borne, bacterial blight can decimate whole swaths of anthurium plants. But again, you are in luck, because by keeping your plant indoors they can escape this deadly menace. The main disease, your anthurium will face, is a nasty fungus that can gobble up your anthurium plant. But, as long as you don’t over-water your anthurium and you make sure it is potted in a soil that drains well this should not be an issue. However, if you do run into this scourge, you can control it with any of a number of fungicides.

Fertilizer
You anthurium does not require much in the way of nutrition. Over fertilizing it is a much bigger risk than under fertilizing it. A light, quarter strength solution of 3:1:2 ratio fertilizer every 3 to 6 months is more than enough to keep your anthurium healthy and happy.

Anthurium Plant

As you can see, keeping your anthurium alive is a simple process. Just remember to water it regularly and make sure that its roots are never exposed to standing water and your anthurium will live a very long time.

Mauna Loa Anthurium

Mauna Loa is a mountain in Hawaii. Mauna Loa anthuriums, on the other hand, are a beautiful white and green anthurium and may also have a small hint of pink.

White Anthurium

Here is an Ellison White Anthurium. It looks almost like a Jasmine, except it is closer to pure white than the Jasmine, which has a hint of green.

Jasmine Anthurium

Jasmine Anthuriums look white, but if you look very carefully you will see that they have the slightest tinge of green that is almost unnoticeable.

Fuschia Tulip Anthurium

This is an example of a Fuschia tulip anthurium. Like most tulip anthuriums it produces smaller sized flowers and is shaped almost like a tulip. Unlike most anthuriums, which are scentless, some tulip anthuriums have a sweet scent.

Red And Green Obake Anthurium

Red And Green Obake Anthurium

Purple Tulip

Here is a photo of a purple tulip anthurium aka Arc.

Red Anthurium – Princess Lily

This is a Princess Lily Anthurium. It is a beautiful red anthurium that was developed by Kiyoshi Inada. Continue reading

Watermelon Obake Anthurium

This is a Watermelon Obake Anthurium. I’m not sure how it got it’s name. I thought watermelons were a little bit redder on the inside. This flower isn’t as heavy as a watermelon, either. Go figure… But in any case it is a beautiful flower.

Midori

Sorry to disappoint you if you were looking for the liquor of the same name, but the Midori is a green anthurium that was developed by Calvin Hayashi way back in 1985. Continue reading