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Anthurium: The Flower With a Heart

Updated on June 10, 2019
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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.


Anthurium Flower

People familiar with the plant say it is also called a tailflower. The plant is on fire like a flamingo dancer thus people also called the plant the flamingo flower. 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. They are the perfect give for someone you love.


Anthurium Andraeanum Care

Like most tropical plants, caring for the anthurium is quite easy as long as they don't get too cold. Anthuriums need to be thoroughly watered about once a week. I always let them dry out in a week and then water them all over again.

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


Getting the Anthurium to Bloom

An important factor in caring for anthurium plant is making sure the colorful plant grows in lots of light indoors. Think of it as a math equation. The more light you give your plant, the better the plant will grow and bloom.

You want to make sure its indirect light only. Direct sunlight beaming down on the plant over time hurts the plant. They can get sunburned.

By nature, the plant lives in lush, shady tropical forests, so they live in filtered sunlight. If the plant is living in low-quality light for a long 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.

Fertilizing with 10-10-10

Fertilizing your anthurium is important but use a light fertilizer solution. 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.

I add water to the fertilizer diluting the strength by a three-fourths. My anthuriums thrive.

Anthurium Care Indoor

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.

Anthurium Diseases

I recommend that you check the plant's soil once in a while 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. The disease sets a plant lives in higher humidity and temperatures. Again, well-drained soil prevents any disease from starting.

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Anthurium Flower Meaning

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 a 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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