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Anthurium: The Flower With a Heart

Updated on November 11, 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

The anthurium plant has various names. People familiar with the plant say, "it's a tailflower." The plant looks like it's on fire like a flamingo dancer, thus some people call it the flamingo flower. For obvious reasons, its ideal name is “The Flower with a Heart.” The tropical plant, by nature, is deep reds, pinks, lavenders, and whites. The heart shapes offer a message of everlasting love, which makes them the perfect gift for someone you love.


Anthurium Andraeanum Care

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.

Turning the plant keeps the plant's color balanced, evenly growing throughout the plant.

Like most tropical plants, caring for the anthurium is quite easy as long as they don't get too cold. They are a tropical plant and like the heat. 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

A vital factor in caring for an 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 it will grow and bloom.

You want to make sure that it is indirect light. Direct sunlight beaming down on the plant over time sunburns the plant.

By nature, the plant lives in lush, shady tropical forests, so they grow in filtered sunlight.

However, if the plant is living in low-quality light for a long time, it will stop flowering. You can tell if it is not getting enough light by the long, stretching leaves on the anthurium. It means the light is too low, and the plant is reaching for it.

Fertilizing with 10-10-10

Fertilizing your anthurium is needed 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 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 doesn't drain through the soil very well.

Standing water causes disease, and humidity rises. The disease starts to set in where a plant lives in higher humidity and temperatures if the drainage is poor. So, well-drained soil prevents any type of disease from forming.

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Anthurium Flower Meaning

Having a healthy anthurium in your home is what love is all about. If you want to express your love, anthurium is the plant to give to the one you love.

The tropical plant’s heart shapes make sure the love is still on fire. You can keep it suggestive by giving a pink, lavender, or white anthurium.

If you feel you are not expressing your burning desire enough, try placing the plant in a colored container.

A reddish-orange container means desire, pleasure, and a thirst for action. A yellow is playful, cheerful, happy, and optimistic. Use pink, which expresses sentimental and romantic.

Perfect Gift

These beautiful plants are available wherever indoor plants are sold. They are not expensive and make wonderful gifts.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh


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