The Anthurium Andraeanum is one of those plants that are marveled at for their mysterious foliage and myriad colors. This waxy Aroid is a showstopper with what seems to be an endless supply of “flowers” that are actually spaths/modified leaves. Other names for this herbaceous plant include the “flamingo plant” or the “tail flower”, which describes the unusual shapes this plant offers.
Given the right (humid) environment, the Anthurium Andraeanum is a low maintenance option for foliage lovers who are looking for a pop of color in their collections.
Anthurium’s tropical qualities derive from its native environment in Colombia and Ecuador. This plant is a part of the Arum family, and as an epiphyte uses its roots to capture moisture and nutrients from the warm environment around them. The Anthurium was first discovered by Botanist and landscape architect Édouard François André (hint hint, Andraeanum). The name anthos comes from the Greek word flower, and the name oura is a Greek word that refers to the spadix. The peculiar colored spath and spadix are what makes this plant so remarkable, having the distinct ability to bloom all year long!
Considering that this particular Anthurium is an epiphyte, it will prefer a soil that is more coarse. The most important part of creating this plant’s soil mixture is to allow it to have sufficient drainage. At the same time, this plant is accustomed to environments that are a bit stickier so it prefers that the soil does not completely dry out in between watering. This means including equal parts perlite to sand or orchid bark into your mixture. Anthuriums do best with a pH level of 6.5, which makes this plant more neutral on the scale. In the spring and summer months, include a greater amount of phosphorus in your fertilizer to aid in promoting consistent spath or “flower” growth.
POTTING + WATERING
Your Anthurium prefers to be a bit snugger in its pot. This means that you can opt to keep your plant in its first container for a while before repotting. When you do, aim for a pot 1-2 inches larger. Bring enough soil to cover the top of your plant’s root ball and water thoroughly to help settle your Anthurium’s new mixture. It will be comfortable with water at least 1-2 times a week depending on where the plant is located (during the summer be sure to water extra). If your Anthurium is placed near a bright window, keep an eye on your plant’s foliage as crisp edges can be an indication of a need for higher humidity. Your tropical Anthurium will enjoy a little misting every now and then and will even appreciate some spring cleaning as this plant tends to collect dust.
A foreign plant like this one will need warmth and moisture in order to continually provide you with its luscious flowers. The Anthurium Andraeanum will thrive in conditions that stay above 60 degrees and have a humidity of at least 50%. If this doesn’t sound like home to you, create a pebble tray for your plant or look into a humidifier. Given that this plant will stay its glorious and colorful self all year long, it is well worth the cost of keeping your plant happy. Without adequate lighting, your Anthurium’s leaves may begin to turn yellow or even wilt. To ensure a better environment, place your plant in a bathroom, windowsill, or even on a covered outdoor patio.
..DID YOU KNOW?
If you’re next in line to host the upcoming event for your in-laws or new coworkers, the Anthurium Andraeanum is the plant to display. This plant represents hospitality and can withstand the test of time with its long-lasting and brilliant foliage!