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Flamingo Flower Overview
Anthurium scherzerianum is a popular, epiphytic, perennial plant with a tropical feel. Epiphytic species grow without the need for soil substrate. This plant is grown for its attractive red blooms which are particularly popular in the cut flower trade – they have a shiny, waxy texture and are fairly long-lasting as cut flowers. It produces glossy dark green leaves and bright red, heart-shaped, flower-like spathe structures surrounding a yellow-orange spadix with a prominent twist at the end. This unique plant can be grown as a landscape plant in tropical gardens. It is prized across the globe as a houseplant or tender patio plant in temperate climates. With some care and attention, you may enjoy a touch of the tropics all year round in your home, with this unique and beautiful red blooming Anthurium! This species has also earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
Common problems with Flamingo Flower
Scales insects and mealybugs can sometimes infest Anthurium scherzerianum. Be sure to check under the leaves of plants regularly.
How to harvest Flamingo Flower
Harvest after 3 – 6 months of planting. Each leaf unfolds to produce one flower. Flowers are harvested when the spathe completely unfurls and the spadix is well developed with one-third of bisexual flowers open. Harvesting has to be done during cooler parts of the day i.e. early morning or late evening. In general, the blooms are placed in water held in plastic buckets immediately after cutting from the plant. Delay in keeping in water allows air entry into the stem and causes blockage of the vascular vessels. Cut flowers after harvest should be shifted to pre-cooling chambers in refrigerated vehicles having 2-4°C temperature as they deteriorate most rapidly at high temperature.
How to propagate Flamingo Flower
Can be propagated by dividing the stem with the roots in the spring and potting the separated pieces. Keep warm in an enclosed glass case with high humidity for a few weeks.
Sow seeds, as soon as they have ripened, in shallow earthenware pans filled with chopped sphagnum moss, charcoal and sand. Cover the pan with a piece of glass or plastic and place in a warm area.
Top off the stem with few roots of 3 to 4 year old plants, remove and plant. Each cutting should have a single eye or bud to produce good new roots.
Special features of Flamingo Flower
If you are growing this plant as a houseplant, half and half mix of potting soil and orchid soil or perlite will provide the kind of soil anthuriums thrive in.
When planting in a pot, half and half mix of potting soil and orchid soil or perlite will provide the kind of soil anthuriums will thrive in.
Attractive waxy blooms.
Other uses of Flamingo Flower
Grown for the foliage in some cases and others for their bright flowers.
Popular potplant to add colour indoors or cut flower to use in special bouquets.