Basic Care for Anthuriums
What comes to mind when you hear the words exotic plants? Chances are you imagine a rare plant found in some secret forest in the tropics. Well, that’s how I first thought of them. Now, being from a tropical country, my illusion of finding these natural beauties in some misty rain forest was shattered when I saw rows upon rows of exotic tropical flowers in an orchidarium along a major thoroughfare in Manila. But in spite of this, I still felt the same thing for these natural wonders—awe.
One of the most popular tropical flowers that mesmerized me is the Anthurium. In the Philippines, these exotic flowering plants have become a part of daily life. Whether they’re in homes as centerpieces or in grand arrangements for special occasions, they are the top choice when it comes to indoor tropical flowers.
Anthuriums Are Best for Indoor Decoration
Even now, I often touch them before actually believing they are real. Anthuriums have the uncanny ability to fool anyone. At first, you’d think they are plastic flowers. Even when you touch them, they seem to be inanimate. But it comes as a surprise that they are actually living things!
The Anthurium andreaenum or the Flamingo Flower is a great choice as an indoor plant. The main reason is that they can last long with minimal care and attention. I guess resilience is a common characteristic of many exotic plants. In the wild, they have to fend for themselves and brave the elements. Another reason why they are favored is the fact that they come in different hues. Although red is the common color, you can find an assortment of other colors to suit your preference. With around 700 species, you won’t have time to sort through all of them in a day.
These two characteristics alone make them the top choice for indoor accessories and decorations.
Caring for These Exotic Plants
Anthuriums can grow almost anywhere, but they thrive in warm places with high humidity. Any plant lover knows that simulating their natural habitat will ensure they grow strong. So do keep these plant care tips in mind:
Light and Temperature
Warm environment is different from leaving them out in the sun. They may love sunlight, but putting them in direct sunlight is detrimental. Instead, keep them away from direct light as much as possible. Moreover, keep the temperature between 65 to 90 degrees. When the temperature goes down to 40, expect a slow death for your precious plant.
Since Anthuriums love humidity, make sure you provide enough moisture. However, do not overwater this plant as it does not like it. When the leaves turn yellow or when roots begin to rot, it’s an indication that you’re overzealous with watering the plant. To avoid these, ensure you have proper drainage in your pot. Also, you might want to let the soil dry up a bit before sprinkling more water.
Diet for the Exotic Plant
This exotic plant does not require fertilizers. But since you are trying to recreate its natural environment, you may want to consider adding some to its diet. Of course organic fertilizers are best, so check your local gardening supplies store for them. Depending on the type of fertilizers that you will use, you may have to add fertilizers every other month.
Anthuriums are easy to care for. In fact, this is a good exotic plant to have if you’re just starting to explore exotic flowers and plants. Even if they are easy to rear, make sure you give them ample attention. Also, exotic plants require specific environmental conditions, so try to mimic their natural environment to get the most out of them. Lastly, remember that plants are living organisms and that they require your respect. They’re gifts from Mother Nature, so let’s treat them right.