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Anthurium

Anthurium

The anthurium is a plant genus of around 1,000 species of plants. Anthurium needs almost no care. At room temperature and a bit of water once or twice a week they are quite happy.

Anthuriums are one of the most popular tropical flowers with a long vase life of about six weeks and even more depending on the variety and season.

The Anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower (Flamingo Lily) or Tail Flower. Anthuriums are grown for their brightly colored flower spates and their ornamental leaves.

Benefits

  • Air-Filtering

In the NASA Clean Air Study, Anthurium adraeanum is in the list of indoor plants that may remove toxic agents from the air, helping neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome. As an air-filtering plant, ammonia, xylene and toluene. 

  • Formaldehyde Removal

Anthurium andraeanum was in the top 15% of 40 woody and herbaceous foliage plants tested for formaldehyde removal. 

  • Antimicrobial

Study evaluated the phytochemical constituents and antimicrobial activity of different solvent extracts of flowers, leaf, stem, and roots of Anthurium. 

  • Anti-cancer Compounds

Study of A. andraeanum isolated a purified bioactive compound that was found to be effective against test cell lines. Gas chromatography and mass spectrophotometer analysis revealed the presence of anticancer compounds.

USES

  • Anthuriums Add a Taste of the Tropics to Your Indoor Garden
  • Want to grow a houseplant that flowers nearly year-round, attracts attention and makes you feel like it's time to put on sunscreen and order a mai tai? Add an anthurium to your indoor garden collection
  • Anthurium flowers are eye-catching
  • Anthuriums come in a variety of colors, including red, pink, salmon, pale yellow, green and orange. These flowers are so stunning—they almost look like wax.  
  • Anthurium indoor growing tips

To have success growing anthuriums, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Light: Proper lighting is critical to getting your anthurium to bloom indoors. Bright light is best, such as near a southern or eastern window. 
  • Provide humidity: Anthuriums originated in tropical climates and therefore require additional moisture in the air. 
  • Watch watering: Anthuriums like to approach dryness in between watering and should not be kept continually moist. Spraying the stem helps keep the plant well hydrated.
  • Fertilize regularly: For healthy anthuriums that flower continuously, it is best to apply a dilute solution of fertilizer to the water every third or fourth time you feed your plants
  • Pot up often: Some growers—especially those in Hawaii where conditions are moist--grow anthuriums as air plants, securing them in a soil-less medium such as orchid bark or lava rock. 
  • Watch for pests: Anthuriums tend to be relatively disease resistant. They can occasionally fall victim to spider mites, which can be prevented by regular misting.