Basic Anthurium Facts
Anthurium is a genus of flowering plants that consists of about a thousand different species. The most popular variations feature a single wide, flat leaf in red, pink or white with a single textured spike or 'spadix.'
- These flowers have long shelf lives and are often included in floral arrangements.
- Anthuriums flower best in the temperature range between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures will lead to burnt petals and reduce the plant’s lifespan. Lower temperatures can stunt the plants' growth.
- The anthurium plant is poisonous in nature and can cause mild illness if ingested.
- Anthurium flowers are best grown in moist soil with high organic content.
- The stems and roots of the plant are susceptible to rot. Avoid this by planting the anthurium in well-drained soil, but not too deep.
- After planting, you must mulch and thoroughly water the plant.
- Newly-planted anthurium plants may need to be supported with a stake.
- Avoid placing the plant in the hot sun. These plants do best in shaded areas. Water the plant regularly in adequate amounts. Too much water can cause root rot.
- Supply the plant with liquid fertilizers every other week.
- Wipe the foliage with water to protect the plant against diseases and infections.