Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Growing anthuriums


Anthurium andraeanum is a slow growing perennial requiring shady, humid conditions, such as might be found in a tropical rainforest. In addition to A. andraeanum, other species are commonly grown in New Zealand and Australia. Anthurium scherzerianum Schott is a flamboyant anthurium species noted for its coiled spadix and oval, orange coloured spathe. Its foliage, being lanceolate and linear, is another feature that distinguishes it from A. andraeanum. Another interesting species is A. bakeri Hook f., which has all colour and attractiveness uniquely invested in brightly coloured berries. The spathe is green, miniature and nondescript. Anthuriums are not difficult to grow and are ideal as indoor plants once positioned away from direct sunlight. Once successfully established, they are quite productive generating new leaves and flowers all year round. They also tiller profusely. These side shoots can be broken off and potted up for multiplication. Should established plants become root bound, active regrowth can be initiated by severing the lower half of the root system, separating the plant clump into tillers, and repotting.

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