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Flamingo Flower

Anthurium spp.

Tailflower, Lace Leaf (Eng.) , Flaminklelie (Afr.)

Large genus with around 926 unique species which are popular foliage plants with a tropical feel. Species from this genus are grown for their attractive flowering bracts which are particularly popular in the cut flower trade. The fabulous flowers are long-lasting, waxy and aesthetically pleasing, they typically come in red, pink, purple or white. 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 will get to enjoy a touch of the tropics all year round in your home with a unique and beautiful blooming Anthurium.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
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.
Attracts birds
When ready for pollination the inflorescence emits pheromones that attracts small birds such as hummingbirds.
Attractive flowers
Attractive waxy blooms.

Geography

Origin
The Americas, New World Tropics.
Natural climate
Subtropical Coastal

Environment

Light
Partial Sun, Full Shade, Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Air
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
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, white and other shades of pink, White, Red, Purples, Pink
Scent
None

Problems

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

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