two years ago a friend gave me an anthurium and when I got it, it
had lovely flowers. But once the flowers died the leaves started
going a bit yellow and brown at the ends. Most is still green, but
it hasn't flowered since I got it.
or Flamingo Flower are spectacular indoor houseplants, although
they are not the easiest plants to grow. To successfully flower
they require warm temperatures, regular feeding, low light, high
humidity and need to be kept moist at all times.
Keep in a situation that
has even, warm temperatures that do not fluctuate too much. Feed
regularly with Osmocote controlled-release fertiliser every three
months and liquid feed using a soluble fertiliser such as Thrive
Flower and Fruit or Phostrogen.
Unlike a lot of indoor
houseplants, anthuriums enjoy low light rather than bright light.
To increase humidity, mist the leaves regularly with water, or place
pebbles in the pot saucer and top up with water regularly, but do
not let the plant sit in water. Keep the potting mix moist, giving
a little water every couple of days so that the mix does not dry
out, but again do not let the plant sit in water as this will cause
the roots to rot.
The yellowing of the
foliage and brown ends are an indication of cold temperatures and
lack of humidity. Move the plant to a warm location and regularly
mist the leaves or place pebbles in the saucer.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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