How to: Keep rare Anthuriums happy
Here are our tips for flourishing anthuriums when not living in the tropics.
Rare anthuriums are grown for their lush, dramatic, heart shaped leaves only, not flowers. Here’s how we keep them happy when not living in the tropics! They are in the Aroidfamily, (it sort of rhymes with “steroids”), a family of tropical plants that have exploded in popularity in recent years and inspired a revival of the freewheeling ’70s jungle aesthetic. The monstera, whose perforated deliciosa leaves adorn smartphone cases and statement wallpaper, is an aroid. Soare philodendrons, anthuriums and tetraspermas —plants prized not for fussy flowers, but for beautifully shaped,lush foliage.
Here are our tips for flourishing anthuriums.
1. Anthuriums need warm humid conditions to thrive, I keep mine under a banksia tree during summer and bring them into the house to display during winter
2. Potted anthuriums will survive winter low temperatures of 10 degrees C. Slow watering during winter to maintain healthy leaves. 3-4 weeks between watering periods are advised.
3. Air movement between plants is vital.
4. Every two years repot and change the potting mix. I use a free draining cymbidium mix with a hand full of bigger orchid bark. As the mix breaks down, fleshy roots that look like orchid roots can easily rot.
5. Feed spring, summer and autumn with pelleted organic fertiliser like Organic Life, or blood and bone or Dynamic Lifter. We want lovely green leaf growth, so nitrogen is excellent.
6. Spray or water plants with liquid fertiliser such as Powerfeed or Harvest every month. I like to allow the pot to soak in this solution in a bucket for 4 hours, drain and then return back on the shelf.
7. Mist weekly.Pots can be watered by the wicking method by placing a wick (venetian cord is fantastic) into a shallow dish of water.
Note: Thanks to Sydney Tropical Plant Society for all the work they do educating and informing us on how to grow tropical indoor plants. This information outlined here originally came from the Society and Linda has usedthis knowledge to nurture her own collection of Aroids.