December 2018: Anthurium Houseplant of the Month

The story of Anthurium 
Anthurium is one of the most popular houseplants. Attractive to look at, easy to look after, and brings with it a real personality in the home, which gives a serene feeling in white, whilst the brightly coloured varieties have a lively appearance. Although most people think that the coloured part is the flower, it’s actually a coloured bract. Anthurium’s flowers are very small and are all found on the spike. 

Anthurium originates from the tropical rainforests of Colombia, Guatemala and the Amazon region in Brazil. The plant grows there as an epiphyte: that means that they grow in and on trees with relatively few roots without drawing nutrients from the tree. The plant gets enough light there but no bright sun, and it’s always in a nice warm spot with high humidity. 

What to look for when buying Anthurium 

  • The plant’s pot size, density and diameter must be in proportion, the bract must show colour and the spike must look sturdy and fresh. 
  • Anthurium should not have any damaged foliage or wilted flowers at the time of purchase.
  • Spots on the leaf can indicate cold damage or scorching by the sun. 
  • The plant must be free of pests and diseases, particularly thrips and aphids.  
  • At temperatures below 12°C place the Anthurium in a sleeve for shipping and also when selling to the customer. 

Care tips for customers 

  • Anthurium likes a light spot, but preferably not in full sun. 
  • Maintain the room temperature at 18-22°C - the plant should not be too cold. 
  • The soil should not be allowed to dry out, but nor should the roots be standing in water. 
  • Regular spraying reproduces the humidity of the tropical rainforest.
  • Wilted flowers can be removed. 
  • Plant food once every three weeks helps Anthurium to flower lavishly for a long time.