Tuesday, December 04, 2007

About Anthurium


Description - Origin
The photograph has definitely impressed you and you probably want to learn more about the anthurium, this impressive indoor plant. This plant is native to Hawaii and belongs into the same family of plants (araceae) as the spathifyllum, dieffenbachia, philodendron, and aglaonema.
Just looking at them you will notice that the similarity of their foliage is obvious. As in the other members of this family, the anthurium is poisonous if ingested, so keep your plants away from small children or pets. Its flowers have the shape of a heart, are usually red in color and very long-lasting. The intervention of modern science has turned flowers into pink, white, green, orange or even bi-colors. Anthuriums are rich bloomers, flowering throughout the year and in some varieties the flowers have a very discreet and light fragrance. Anthuriums were originally greenhouse plants, cultivated with the only purpose of trading cut flowers. As an indoor plant, the anthurium was introduced as late as the 70s. Its flowers may look wonderful in your vase but let's cultivate anthuriums in a pot so that we can always enjoy its wonderful flowers inside our homes. Moreover, even when not blooming, the anthurium is still a beautiful foliage plant. Care Anthuriums are indoor plants. Even though they are not very hard to care for, they cannot stand any neglect. If the conditions are suitable, they bloom throughout the year and live for many years. Usually, blooming is richer in spring and summer but this is mainly because days are brighter and longer. In general, the average indoors temperature is suitable for anthuriums however you should avoid placing them at spots where there are drafts or temperatures fluctuate, e.g. next to outside doors, radiators or other heat producing appliances such as the TV. High temperatures may scorch the leaves, fade flower color and reduce their longevity. On the contrary, low temperatures will delay the plant's development and the bottom leaves will turn yellow and fall off. In case of frost, you can wave your anthurium good-bye as it cannot withstand freezing temperatures even for short periods. Mist its leaves often in order to provide humidity and clean both leaves and flowers with a wet sponge in order to keep it clean and to remove any insects that have attacked the plant. Use a humidifier or a tray of wet pebbles in order to provide the humidity needed. Anthuriums can be cultivated, always indoors, in pots, as independent plants or in groups. Repot only when the roots take over all the space of the pot, using a new pot that is only one size larger than the old one. Make sure to press hard on the soil while repotting to ensure that the plant does not need stakes or any other support. After repotting don't get alarmed if you see some leaves here and there turning yellow and falling off because the plant is only getting accustomed to the new conditions and it will soon recover.

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