Anthurium andraeanum

Anthurium andraeanum FAQ

Q. What is an Anthurium andraeanum?
A. A very popular houseplant with ornamental flowers and foliage at Urban Jungle. It's also known as painters palette, flamingo flower or tail flower. Part of the Arum family coming from the tropical regions of South America.

Q. How do you care for an Anthurium andraeanum?
A. Position
They like to be kept out of direct sunlight, but although they can handle lower light levels, they'd prefer to be in a bright location to get the best growth and flowers.
Keep it in a warm room, it won't want to drop below 16/17C. It can survive at lower temps but then it will be unlikely to flower.

Water when the top of the soil starts to feel dry. They don't want to be too wet (they're prone to rot) or too dry (they won't flourish). Water roughly once or twice a week in a normal, warm household during the summer but if it's particularly hot, keep an eye on the top of the soil. Water slightly less during the winter months if drying slows.
It likes a humid atmosphere, and would appreciate a regular misting, especially if in a drier room. Bathrooms and kitchens tend to be higher in humidity so it would thrive there. The other alternative to raise humidity is to get a tray, fill it with pebbles and water, and place the plant on top so that the plant isn't sat in water.

Fertilise occasionally with a high phosphorus feed, diluted with water by 1/2 to 1/4 strength. This isn't necessary in winter.

Keep in well drained but moisture retentive soil. A good potting soil and perlite or orchid compost mix will do. Be careful not to over pot, they naturally grow on trees and don't need too much soil, only re-pot when you notice the roots outgrowing their container. The best time to do this would be in the spring.

Q. How will it behave?
A. If you give it all it needs you'll have it happy, and prolifically flowering for years to come! It'll reach a height of around 30-50cm but does grow slowly. They've long lasting flowers usually between February and September. This purple variety is more uncommon than the red Anthurium. It's also great as a cut or dried flower. Often used in tropical wedding bouquets in Hawaii.

Anthurium andraeanum

Q. Are there any health benefits?
A. It cleans the air in your home from certain pollutants, as listed on NASA's clean air study. As an air-filtering plant it removes removes formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and toluene.
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