Anthurium Ruffles

Anthurium plowmanii, or ruffles, is a variable species and may produce various leaf blades. This variety can grow quite large.

Anthurium Plants, also called Flamingo flowers, bloom throughout the year. 

The Anthurium is Native to Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Common species have dense spreading foliage. Some varieties also feature large-leaved, deep veined foliage. As an indoor plant, the Anthurium is durable and needs little care.

Their distinctive “flowers” are not really flowers but spathes. These spathes are red, white, pink, or purple waxy heart-shaped leaves. Other varieties can have red or yellow tail-like spikes. 

Anthurium flowers are the longest-lasting flowers on earth. This means their vivid colors will dazzle any space for months. Their dark green leathery leaves grow in clusters and showcase a variety of shapes. They can also suck up ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene from the air. So, they’re a thoughtful addition to any commercial space.  

According to Feng Shui, Anthuriums are lucky plants and bring good fortune. They are slow-growing, herbaceous with an upright, spreading growth pattern. In the right conditions, they can grow upto 2 ft. 

Anthurium Plant Care

Light and Temperature Requirements – Anthurium does best in partial shade to sun. Direct sun exposure may burn the leaves. And low light will slow growth and produce fewer, smaller “flowers.” Gentle, indirect sunlight is ideal for its growth. The Anthurium prefers warm temperatures (70-90°F). But, it can adapt to typical indoor temperatures with fair ease. Extreme temperatures, though, can cause damage to the plant. Too cold, and the plant will stop growing. Too hot, the plant will start to wilt. Thus, a balance is essential. 

Soil Conditions – Anthurium plant prefers soil that is coarse and well-drained. An orchid mix with additional sand and peat moss makes a perfect potting mix for these plants.

Water Requirements –  Keep the soil moist but not drenched. Mist the aerial roots and push them into the soil regularly. Make sure to avoid overwatering as Anthurium is prone to root rot. Anthurium, a tropical plant thrives in humidity. So, only water the top of the soil when it becomes dry to touch. No need to water as often in the winter when the plant is not actively growing.

Food Requirements – Use a fertilizer high in phosphorus. Dilute it to 1/4 strength and feed the plants every week during the growing season. The phosphorus-rich fertilizer will help encourage blooms.