The anthurium genus contains hundreds of tropical plant species, often admired as houseplants for their bright, nearly year-round flowers. Anthurium is native to the tropical rain forests of Central and South America. Despite sensitivity to temperature and humidity, anthurium plants are relatively hardy and easy to care for when kept indoors. They are usually sold as cuttings or adult plants, but it is possible to grow them from seeds as well.
The Anthurium is characterized by its shiny dark foliage with its heart shaped flowers available in reds, whites and pink variations. Most species will bloom year round adding extra beauty to your home. If the plant stops blooming for a long period of time, place it in a cool spot for about 5 weeks or try feeding it a blooming plant food.
The Anthurium prefers bright light, so try to place the plant between 5 and 8 feet from a window. This houseplant requires low to medium amounts of water. Let the soil dry out inbetween wataerings, but most importantly, the Anthurium requires proper drainage. Be sure your pot has drainage holes. You can also help the plant by putting 1 to 2 inches of pebble stone in the bottom of the pot. The Anthurium requires a slightly higher level of humidity so misting weekly will help the plant look and feel a lot better.
One common problem with Anthurium plants is that they usually come with gnats. By keeping the plants soil clean from dead foliage and not allowing water to sit in the drain tray. You may also try spraying with a soapy water mixture.
This houseplant is one of many poisonous houseplants. Please keep away from pets and children.