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Anthurium: The Flower with a Heart

Updated on June 6, 2018
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Kenna writes about the care of plants (indoors, outdoors, and in gardens). She wrote an orchid care booklet—a companion piece for workshops.

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Ace of Hearts Anthurium

People familiar with the plant say it looks like tailflower. The plant is on fire like a flamingo dancer. The anthurium is called “The Flower with a Heart.” A tropical plant by nature is unrelenting deep red. The pinks and whites are unique. The heart shapes offer a message of everlasting love.

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Anthurium Andraeanum Care

Like most tropical plants, caring for the anthurium is quite easy as long as they don't get too cold. You can water the anthurium completely about every week. I always let them dry out in a week and then water them all over again.

You want to make sure they grow, and since they like the light, give them a quarter turn each time you water them. The plant's color will stay balanced with even growth throughout the plant.

Keep the anthurium warm, around 78 to 90 degrees. At night, the temperature can go a little lower, around 70 to 75 degrees.

If the plant looks a little down, check for water and sunlight. If that is okay, make sure the temperature is the room is above 70 degrees.

You want to make sure they grow, and since they like the light, give them a quarter turn each time you water them. The plant's color will stay balanced with even growth throughout the plant.

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Info Lighting

The most important factor about caring for these plants is to make sure the plant has lots of light indoors. Think of it as a math equation, the more light you give your plant the better the plant will grow.

You want to make sure its indirect light only. Direct sunlight over a long period of time will hurt the plant. They can get sunburned.

By nature, the plant lives in lush, shady tropical forests, so they live in filtered sunlight. Yet, if the plant is in low-quality light for a long period of time, it will stop flowering. It is easy to tell if the plant is not getting enough light. Long, stretching leaves on the anthurium means the light is too low.

Applying Fertilizer

It is important you fertilize your plant, but you need to use a light fertilizer solution.The fertilizer needs to be balanced. A perfect formula is 10-10-10. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are the ingredients. I like to use a water-soluble brand called Bonide House Plant Liquid Food 10-10-10.

To be safe, I dilute the fertilizer to a quarter of the normal strength.

Beautiful Inside Plants

Indoor plants love a good cleaning. The completed process helps them breathe and grow. I gently spray water on the foliage and wipe carefully. I do this at least once a week, so the plant is clean and pest free.

I also wipe the undersides as well because pests usually like to hide under the plant leaves and petals. I have learned that the anthurium attracts the usual indoor plant pests. If I keep a watchful eye on my plant, I stay on top of the pests. I rarely have to treat the plant.

Plant with pest is no fun. The plant needs treatment as soon as possible with a general systemic. I use Bonide Product 951 Systemic House Plant Insect Control.
One treatment is all it takes with 951. The systemic is not expensive.


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I recommend that you check the plant's soil once in awhile to make the water is draining to benefit the plant. The only time you have to worry about the plant is when water can't drain through the soil very well.

Standing water causes disease. Humidity rises as well. A disease can set in if the plant is in a lot of humidity and temperature is higher than normal. Again, well-drained soil prevents any disease from starting.

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About Love

It is all about love. If you want to express your love, anthurium is the plant to give your loved one. You can keep it subtle. Give a pink, lavender or white anthurium. The tropical plant’s heart shapes make sure the love is still on fire.

You might not feel you are expressing your burning desire enough. Try placing heart shape plant in a colored container. A reddish-orange container means desire, pleasure and a thirst for action.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh

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