Flaming flower; Anthurium
Also called the Flaming Flower, the
Anthurium is a popular indoor plant due to its ease of care and the beautiful,
long-lasting flowers produced throughout the year. The waxy heart-shaped
‘flowers’ are actually modified leaves. Anthurium ‘flowers’ come in red, pink,
pale yellow, white and salmon. As the flowers die or fade, remove them from the
Native to tropical rainforests
throughout central and South America, many Anthuriums are climbers in their
natural settings. They love warmth and humidity.
Keep the leaves clean and glossy by
wiping them with a damp cloth to keep them dust free.
NOTE: These plants are considered
poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children.
flowers, thin straggling leaves: are a
result of too little light. You may also notice that the leaves are becoming
thin as the ‘stretch’ towards the light. Place your plant in an area that gets
brighter or longer light hours.
leaf tips/Brown leaf tips: Yellow leaf tips are caused by
over-watering the Anthurium, while brown leaf tips are caused by
under-watering. Examine your watering schedule, light and warmth conditions and
adjust accordingly. Overwatering will
also cause root rot.
Fungal and bacterial plant diseases
are a problem for these houseplants due to the high humidity and warmth that they
love. Try to keep water off the leaves and provide the plant with good air
The Anthurium is susceptible to a
number of pests such as the Mealy bug, Scale, Aphids and Thrip. Any new, tender
growth will be especially vulnerable to pests.
Origin: Central and South America
Height: up to 4 – 5m. Tall flowers may need staking to keep them
Light: Anthuriums like as much bright indirect light as they can
get. They will tolerate almost all levels of indirect light, however, the plant
will grow slower and produce fewer flowers in low light. Always keep out of
Water the Anthurium well and then
allow the top 2-6cm of soil to dry out before watering again.
Humidity: The higher the humidity, the happier the Anthurium!
Temperature: Anthurium plants prefer indoor temperatures to be warm at
22-28 °C and about 10 degrees
cooler at night.
Soil: Use a rich potting soil that contains some mulch and
sphagnum moss. The soil needs to be fast-draining.
Fertilizer: Use a balanced fertilizer diluted by 1/3-1/4 and feed the
plant monthly during the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing.
period: Give your plant a 6-week resting
period during the winter. During this time let your plant sit in lower
temperatures, less light and drier soil to encourage your plant to produce more
flowers in the spring and summer months.
Repot annually as needed. The
Anthurium plant doesn’t mind being a little root bound, so only repot if
necessary. Repot in spring and choose a pot that is one size or about 5cm
bigger. Set the plant high enough in the pot so that the crown of the plant
sits above the soil line.
Prune faded or dead flowers as soon as
Propagation: by Division: Divide
any crowded clumps when re-potting the plant. New plants should bloom in about
Adapted from: www.houseplant411.com ; www.guide-to-houseplants.com