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Anthurium scherzerianum

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A Anthurium scherzerianum plant with a red flower and some green leaves
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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. Commonly grown as landscape plants in tropical gardens, this species is also prized in temperate climates across the world as a houseplant. With slight care and attention, you will get to enjoy a touch of the tropics all year round in your home with a unique and beautiful blooming Anthurium. This species has also earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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Planning

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

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

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

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 flowers

Attractive waxy blooms.

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

The Americas, New World Tropics.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Air, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

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

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Red

Scent

None

Problems

Pests include aphids, scales, mealybugs and thrips. Diseases include root rot, leaf spot, bacterial wilt and Rhizoctinia.

Related Problems

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