Flamingo Flower

Anthurium andraeanum

Tail Flower, Laceleaf, Flamingo-Lily, Oilcloth-Flower

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Anthurium andraeanum is an evergreen perennial with glossy dark green leaves with bright red, heart-shaped, flower-like spathe structures surrounding a straight yellow spadix. Popular foliage plant with a tropical feel, this species is particularly popular in the cut flower trade. It is epiphytic and thus grows without the need for soil substrate. The fabulous flowers are long-lasting, waxy and aesthetically pleasing. These unique plants are grown as landscape plants in tropical gardens and prized across the globe as houseplants or tender patio plants in temperate climates. With slight 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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Division

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.

Seed

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.

Cuttings

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

Attractive flowers

Attractive waxy blooms.

Indoor plant

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.

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Colombia and Ecuador.

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Air

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Popular potplant to add colour indoors or cut flower to use in special bouquets.

Notes

A low maintenance plant ideal for containers indoors or very sheltered patios/courtyards. Can also be used for cut flowers.

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red

Scent

None
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