I just added a new plant to my indoor plants collection. This anthurium plant is commonly called Flamingo Flower. It is a tropical plant that has a stunning flower and is easy to grow.
My greatest love is outdoor gardening. I work at home and I am very busy with my various businesses, so I tend to forget my indoor plants a bit.
I only have a few and most of them end up outside for most of the year.
I picked up this lovely specimen yesterday in the garden area of Home Depot. It is in tip top shape and I couldn’t resist it.
If you love to grow flowering houseplants, especially those with very showy flowers, anthurium is a great choice, even for beginners.
What is Anthurium Plant?
Anthurium andraeanum is a tropical flowering plant in the family Araceae. It is native to Columbian and Ecuador and is a very popular houseplant for those that live in colder zones.
According the the Royal Horticultural Society, the plant is one that is listed in the NASA Clean Air Study showing that it is effective in removing toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air.
Flamingo Flower is a tropical flower plant which thrives in low light. This makes it perfect for my north facing window in the dining room.
It is one of the few low light plants that will actually flower in normal indoor conditions. As you can see from the photo below, the blooms are a true delight.
The foliage is also appealing. It is glossy and dark green and will live happily for many years if you give it the proper care and maintenance.
I have had this plant growing for well over a year and it keeps flowering and is still in wonderful shape. I consider this a real stamp of approval, since I am mainly out IN the garden and often neglect indoor plants. This one is a keeper!
Anthuriums are popular indoor plants but in warm temperature zones, they will grow outside outdoors all year long.
This photo shows a tropical planting, including flamingo flower, elephant ears and other tropical plants at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens.
The plant gives a real pop of color to the lush green foliage that surrounds it.
Growing Conditions for Flamingo Flower
Flamingo flower plants are very easy to grow. Here is how to get the most out of it.
Light Conditions for anthurium plants.
The plant likes bright, filtered light. Ideal for indoor low light conditions. Avoid direct sunlight.
Height of mature plants.
This will vary from plant to plant. My specimen is about 14″ tall including the pot. Anthurium stems can grow to a height of 15-20 inches
How often to water anthuriums.
Water once or twice per week, or just enough to keep the soil moist. Don let it stay wet for prolonged periods.
Watering can be reduced in the fall and winter months, but the soil should never be allowed to dry out completely. Just put your finger in the soil down to the first knuckle. It it is dry there, it needs watering.
Flowers of anthurium plant
Flamingo flowers are born on long stalks that sit proudly above the glossy green foliage. The flowers will last for several weeks before they fade and drop off the plant.
If you enjoy cut flowers, they are also long-lived, lasting 4-6 weeks in water, as long as you trim the stems and keep changing the water.
Red is a common color for anthuriums but they also come in green, pink, yellow, purple and white.
Fertilizing flamingo flower.
Use a high phosphorus fertilizer once a month during spring and summer. In the fall and winter, once every 6 weeks should do the trick.
Humidity needs for Anthurium plant.
In order to thrive, the Flamingo plants needs high humidity. You will lose the glossy texture of the leaves if the humidity gets too low.
To raise the humidity around the plant, place pots on trays filled with moist gravel or pebbles, mist several times per day with lukewarm water.
If you can’t find Anthuriums locally, they can be purchased online at Amazon
Do you have other low light plants which flower well for you indoors? Please leave a note of them in the comments section below.
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