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Anthurium andraeanum AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1a (heated greenhouse - tropical)

Colour

Flower

Red and Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

flamingo flower

Family

Araceae


Anthurium are evergreen perennials, usually epiphytic and sometimes climbing, with large, simple or palmately lobed leaves, and spike-like flowering spadices each subtended by a colourful flat spathe

A. andreanum is an evergreen perennial with ovate to arrow-shaped, dark green leaves to 30cm in length, and ovate or heart-shaped, bright red spathes with a light yellow spadix, appearing throughout the year

Other common names

  • flamingo flower
  • tail flower

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Plant with the crowns just above the surface and cover with moss to prevent the uppermost roots from drying out. Grow under glass or indoors epiphytically in a mix of 1 part fibrous loam, 1 part coarse sand and 2-3 parts leaf mould with a little charcoal. Filtered light, constant temperature (min 16 °C) and high humidity required in summer and full light in winter. In the growing season water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser. Can be grown outdoors epiphytically in a warm, moist site or in moist, coarse, humus-rich soil

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 24 to 27°C as soon as ripe or propagate by division in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Mealybugs and scale insects may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to leaf spot