Anthurium Care – Spectacular Blooms Foliage and Unusual Leaves

Anthurium Pizzazz is another beautiful hybrid from a successful breeding program.

Pizzazz is easier and a more fast-growing Anthurium compared to its kins and relative plants.

Once advantage that it has compared to other Anthuriums is its capability to flower earlier than usual.

Red Anthurium care

Blooming Anthurium Pizzazz plants produce red flowers placed above glossy leaves.

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Flowers of this Anthurium plant are long-lasting which makes them popular fragrant flowers present in almost all cut flower combination and arrangements. They make great presents for Valentine’s day.

In addition, the brilliant red color of the flowers remains vivid even during summer.

Question: We just received an Anthurium plant as a gift. It’s in a pot which looks too small for the roots.

Should we repot the Anthurium plant into a bigger pot? Is watering weekly enough? What light does the plant need to stay healthy and flowering?

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Answer: Anthurium plants don’t need a lot of “root room” or a specific garden location to grow. From my experience, the “flamingo flower” likes to be a little root bound.

Most Anthuriums you’ll find at the garden center will be in a 5″ or 6″ inch pot. Keep the potted plants in bright light (north or east windowsill would be best) but NOT direct sunlight, watering on a weekly basis is about right.

Generally they like to stay moist but dry out between watering. In Hawaii they grow the plants for cut flowers in volcanic rock where the water drains quickly.

If you have smaller pots you many need to water a little more regularly. It is better on the watering side to underwater – less rather than more water.

Consider rotating the plant a quarter turn each time you water for even growth.

Anthurium Lady Jane – She Started It All

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The Lady Jane anthurium is not a South American species but a hybrid.

This easy-to-care ornamental plant, also known as Flamingo lily or Painter’s Palette, has an attractive glossy dark green foliage with large, fleshy, arrow-shaped leaves and bright red or pink spathe flowers.

Its fruits are red, ovoid shaped berries that are clustered along the spike.

Lady Jane is prized for its compact size and colorful, continuous blooming. Prior to it’s introduction the “Anthurium” was known and used more as a cut flower than a potted blooming plant.

The Anthurium flowers can last up to 8 weeks thus making it an important source of cut flowers.

It is also an outdoor plant in the tropics, a houseplant elsewhere, and one of the most spectacular flowering plants which can be grown in pots. Even when it is not in bloom, this “Lady” grows well in a bright windowsill thereby making it a beautiful foliage plant.

Anthurium “Surprise”

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The Anthurium has long been associated with “tropical” flower arrangements for years, but over the last 20 years or so it’s become a potted house plant.

Many new varieties which do better in pots and flower more often then their “cut flower” cousins can be found at nurseries and garden centers.

Anthurium “Surprise” is different – the long-lasting flowers or spathes are both red and white.

To add to the “Surprise” this patent pending beauty produces flower where no two flowers are alike with the mottled or speckled dark red to light pick and white colors. Each flower creates its own unique pattern of beauty.

Keep on the look out for Anthurium “Surprise” coming to a garden center near you!

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Anthurium Warocqueanum – Plant Out of the Ordinary

If you have a warm plant room where the air can be kept full of moisture, the velvet-leaved beauty, Anthurium Warocqueanum, can be yours.

Growing it is not easy.

You’ll need to provide a warm (about 65°) humid atmosphere, a potting mixture of sphagnum moss, plenty of moisture in spring and summer with less amounts in winter, and a little fertilizer (liquid is best) each spring.

That should produce a spectacularly beautiful foliage plant, with velvety green leaves, a foot or more long under good culture, veined conspicuously with white.

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Anthurium Plowmanii Ruffles

When you see Anthurium Ruffles, the first thing that will capture your attention is its jungly look; next are its distinct leaves.

The leaves of Anthurium Ruffles are wavy near the blade’s edges, thus the name Ruffles.

Each slightly glossy leaf comes in dark green color which turns burgundy under higher levels of light.

Another interesting feature is its inflorescence. It comes erect in some varieties but some has slightly spreading appearance.

A closer look at the parts of each flower will let you see its spathe in either relaxed or rolled appearance. This spathe comes in purple with a touch of green.

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Other Anthurium Species

Anthurium genus is home to 1000 species of flowering plants, the biggest group under family Araceae. Some of its common names include laceleaf, tailflower, and flamingo flower. Below lists other notable anthurium species that exist.

Anthurium andraeanum or Anthurium andreanum – is a species native to Colombia and Ecuador known as the oilcloth flower. It’s effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene and ammonia in the air.

Anthurium scherzerianum – The smaller Anthurium species that serves as a perfect indoor houseplant. Its leaves take different shapes while its spadix appear slightly bent.

Anthurium crystallinum – Unlike other Anthurium species, this epiphytic perennial have green spathes with white leaf veins and pale green spadix.

Ozaki Anthurium – also called red Anthurium. After it was discovered in 1936, the pink and white Anthurium were released from University of Hawaii in 1963.

Obake Anthurium – The word obake could mean “ghost” or “a thing that changes”. Either way, these two translations make a fitting description to the Anthurium species. They bloom huge flowers that injects an otherworldly or ghostly vibe to anyone who sees it.

Anthurium amnicola – also known as tulip Anthuriums. They are native to Panama and love growing on the riverside. The Anthurium amnicola has beautiful pink and purple hybrids.

Anthurium watermaliense – It has ovate-triangular leaf blades, spathes which are usually purple, and a stipitate spadix that ranges from green to purple.

Anthurium clavigerum – belongs to the group of tender perennials. This plant is not suitable for containers although they can thrive in an indoor setting.

Anthurium veitchii – an Anthurium species found in South American rain forests such as Panama, Costa Rica and Bolivia. It prefers a cold climate instead of high humidity. Although they don’t like heat, they don’t suffer much whenever the temperature gets higher than usual.

Growing Requirements

Gardeners usually grow Anthurium as landscaping plants in cooler areas because of their cold tolerance. They have a USDA hardiness zone of 10 or higher. For as long as you provide the basic elements, your Anthurium will award you with beautiful blooms all throughout.

Anthurium needs bright light in order to grow beautifully. Although they can tolerate lower levels of light or filtered light for some time, it may result to fewer flowers. However, Anthuriums cannot stand direct sunlight so you still need to provide enough shade and position them in spots where they can get adequate light and lesser amount of heat.

This flowering plant also requires a well-drained soil that could hold some water. For houseplant growers, prepare half potting soil mix and orchid mix. If you don’t have orchid soil around, perlite would make an excellent alternative.

When it comes to water requirements, the Anthurium plant needs regular watering. The roots of Anthurium is prone to root rot so avoid over watering.

On the other hand, leaving the roots and soil dry for a long time will affect the rate of growth of your Anthurium plants as they aren’t completely drought tolerant. Report them every two years and add sphagnum peat moss for retaining moisture.

These indoor plants do not require too much plant food. Once every three to four months, provide your house plants with one quarter strength fertilizer. For the best blooms, pick a fertilizer with higher phosphorus content.

Anthuriums are susceptible to bacterial blight. This plant disease spreads rapidly and is characterized by oily foliage that eventually turns to yellow.

Anthurium blight has no known cure that farmers would need to pull out the affected plants immediately and dispose them. Some ways to avoid this plague include best farming practices, early detection, and using resistant varieties.

Taking care of Anthurium plants is not a hard task. If you select the right location and provided the right amount of care you will enjoy long-lasting beautiful flowers.