Anthurium of too little light. You may
AnthuriumFlaming flower; Anthurium Also called the Flaming Flower, theAnthurium is a popular indoor plant due to its ease of care. These houseplantsproduce beautiful, long-lasting flowers throughout the year. The waxyheart-shaped ‘flowers’ are actually modified leaves.
Anthurium ‘flowers’ comein red, pink, pale yellow, white and salmon. As the flowers die or fade, removethem from the plant immediately. Native to tropical rainforeststhroughout central and South America, many Anthuriums are climbers in theirnatural settings. They love warmth and humidity. Keep the leaves clean and glossy bywiping them with a damp cloth to keep them dust free. NOTE: These plants are consideredpoisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Common Symptoms Fewflowers, thin straggling leaves: are aresult of too little light.
You may also notice that the leaves are becomingthin as the ‘stretch’ towards the light. Place your plant in an area that getsbrighter or longer light hours. Yellowleaf tips/Brown leaf tips: Yellow leaf tips are caused byover-watering the Anthurium, while brown leaf tips are caused byunder-watering. Examine your watering schedule, light and warmth conditions andadjust accordingly. Overwatering willalso cause root rot. Diseases:Fungal and bacterial plant diseasesare a problem for these houseplants due to the high humidity and warmth that theylove. Try to keep water off the leaves and provide the plant with good aircirculation. Pests:The Anthurium is susceptible to anumber of pests such as the Mealy bug, Scale, Aphids and Thrip.
The new tendergrowth is especially vulnerable. Care Instructions Origin: Central and South America Height: up to 4 – 5m. Tall flowers may need staking to keep themupright. Light: Anthuriums like as much bright indirect light as they canget. They will tolerate almost all levels of indirect light, however, the plantwill grow slower and produce fewer flowers in low light. Always keep out ofdirect sun. Water:Water the Anthurium well and thenallow 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 at22-28 °C and about 10 degreescooler at night. Soil: Use a rich potting soil that contains some mulch andsphagnum moss. The soil needs to be fast-draining. Fertilizer: Use a balanced fertilizer diluted by 1/3-1/4 and feed theplant monthly during the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing. Restingperiod: Give your plant a 6-week restingperiod during the winter. During this time let your plant sit in lowertemperatures, less light and drier soil to encourage your plant to produce moreflowers in the spring and summer months. Repotting:Repot annually as needed. TheAnthurium plant doesn’t mind being a little root bound, so only repot ifnecessary.
Repot in spring and choose a pot that is one size or about 5cmbigger. Set the plant high so the crown of the plant sits above the soil line. Pruning:Prune faded or dead flowers as soon asthey appear. Propagation: Division: Dividecrowded clumps when re-potting the plant. New plants should bloom in about ayear.
Adapted from: www.houseplant411.com ; www.guide-to-houseplants.com