Red Anthurium Indoor Plant: Tailflower Anthurium
With its broad, brightly coloured spathe that serves as the standout feature of this plant contrasted by its shiny, deep green leaves, the Red Anthurium has increasingly become a popular tropical ornamental. And with its ability to flower throughout the year, it will bring a splash of bright colour to your space no matter the season.
Dimensions: our red anthurium is available in one size – 60cm.
Dimensions are approximate and include the pot.
Red Anthurium: Plant Guide
Difficulty level: the anthurium is a relatively easy plant to care for which can adapt to any environment as long as you water it every so often and provide it with the occasional fertiliser.
Light: the plant will thrive in bright, indirect light so avoid direct sunlight except during the winter months.
Air purifier: the flamingo flower has been voted by NASA as one of the top air purifiers since it can get rid of indoor chemicals and pollutants typically found in homes and offices.
Pet and child-friendly: it is considered poisonous due to the calcium oxalate crystals present. The sap can be irritating to the skin and eyes, whereas if ingested, it may cause mild stomach disorders. Ideally, keep your furry and human babies away from it.
Ideal for: housewarming or a new job.
Red Anthurium: Plant Background
Origin: hailing from the tropical rainforests of Central and South America, the anthurium can be found growing from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean, while it boasts around 1000 species with some being a flowering variety, whereas others are known for their impressive, ornamental foliage. The red, heart-shaped flower is in essence what is known as a spathe – a waxy, modified leaf that protrudes from the base of the fleshy, yellow, tail-like spike and where the real flower grows. Most anthuriums are climbers and the plant’s stem length may reach 15-20 inches depending on the size of the spathe – the bigger the spathe, the longer the stem.
Also known as: painted tongue, flamingo flower, tailflower, laceleaf and flamingo lily.
Symbolism: universally regarded as a symbol of hospitality and abundance, as a potted plant it represents new beginnings, whereas the flower itself is often used in bridal bouquets, as well as floral arrangements and displays at weddings since it is linked to the concept of happiness.
Fun facts: the plant’s name derives from the Greek words oura which means tail and anthos which signifies flower, giving it the name tailflower.
Red Anturium: Plant Care
Watering: your anthurium should be watered thoroughly but do allow the soil to dry between waterings. Also, refrain from keeping it drenched as overwatering may result in root damage and yellowing of the leaves. In contrast, a pot that is too dry will slow its growth.
Food: a liquid fertiliser used throughout the growing period or fertiliser pellets applied during the spring is all the food this plant needs.
Pruning: some light pruning from time to time throughout the year is ideal for keeping your anthurium looking its best. All you need to do is simply remove any faded, yellow or brown foliage.
Ideal temperature: maintain a minimum of 15 degrees Celsius although the anthurium prefers higher temperatures.
Avoid: abrupt temperature changes and refrain from placing the plant in draughty locations.
Pests: the tailflower is often attacked by pests like mealybugs, aphids, scale and spider mite. To eliminate these you can either apply short and sharp blasts of water to dislodge and drown the pests or you may use horticultural soap and oil sprays for more stubborn insects.
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Photography location: The Cumberland Boutique Hotel, Valletta, Malta.
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