HAVE a potted anthurium inside which I've had for three years. It
has only ever had two flowers on it and each year a few extra leaves
appear. The pot is small and I think it needs repotting. When should
I do this, what potting mix is best and what fertiliser should I
your anthurium in a larger pot will definitely encourage more growth
which will lead to more flowers, probably larger ones, too. Spring
is a good time to do this - if it's in a warm spot indoors you could
repot it any time from now on.
Use a good quality general
potting mix. One with granulated bark would be best as anthuriums
need plenty of air around their roots and good drainage. Choose
a brand with slow- or controlled-release fertiliser in it, the type
which last six to eight months or more.
When you repot the plant,
shake off any old mix that comes away easily, but don't be overzealous.
Water well after repotting, then when the weather warms up.
Through the warm months
feed every week or so with a liquid fertiliser. Every now and then
put the plant outside in the rain to give it a good soaking to clean
any dust off the leaves, or give it a good wash with a hose or in
Gardener, Issue 154, 2004, Page 26
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.