January 13th, 2021
Hey plant friends!
This week we are talking about Anthurium [an·thaw·ree·uhm]. Belonging to the Araceae family, these plants are arums and are native to Central America, Northern South America, and the Caribbean. Their showy flowers are the longest lived of any indoor plant and can last up to eight weeks! But really, the flowers aren’t flowers, they are waxy modified leaves. Between blooms, you can enjoy their gorgeous, shiny foliage.
Let’s start with light. Anthuriums thrive in bright, indirect light. Direct light will burn the leaves leaving a copper tinge behind. In the winter months, give them as much light as possible to keep those blooms coming.
Anthurium love a coarse, well-drained potting soil or aroid mix. A mix of potting soil, orchid bark, perlite, and maybe even charcoal does the trick. Video on mixing your own aroid mix dropping this week! Keep evenly moist, but not soaking wet. Don’t forget the humidity. Mist daily for best results.
Consider purchasing some support for your plant support or a moss pole since these plants are epiphytic meaning they grow on other plants or trees for support and are able to collect water and nutrients from the air.
Some of the hard to find Anthuriums can be finicky but are indeed a statement piece for your plant collection. Currently we are searching the globe for Anthurium regale and will let you know as soon as it arrives!
New this week: Anthurium ‘Baby Purple’ boasting cute as a heart shaped button, lavender-purple flowers on a compact plant.