Anthuriums are all the rage right now. But they are not among the easy-care and beginner-friendly plants. In this care guide you will find out what you have to consider when caring for them so that they grow well with you.
origin and biodiversity
They come from the tropical rainforest of Central and South America. The genus Anthurium is the most species-rich genus within the aroid family. The genus includes an estimated 1,000 different species. The best-known species are the greater flamingo (Anthurium andreanum) and the lesser flamingo (Anthurium scherzerianum) and the hybrids bred from them. These have heart-shaped, shiny green leaves and have a red, white or pink colored bract on their blossom. The species are known for their beautiful foliage. The queen of the Anthuriums is the Anthurium warocqueanum , this species has long narrow velvety dark green leaves with light veins. Anthurium regale is also gaining popularity with its heart-shaped, dark green velvety leaves and light veining. The care requirements are similar for most Anthuriums.
The best location is by a window where it gets plenty of light, but no direct light. A lux value between 500-1000 is recommended. You can find a suitable place with the help of a light meter app. Of course, these are not necessarily exact, but you then know approximately where the value is. If there is no suitable window in your apartment, you can also place your anthurium under a plant lamp. If your plant does not get enough light, the leaves will darken as more chlorophyll (leaf pigment for energy production) is produced. If this is what you want, be aware that while your plant will be brighter in color, it will also grow much slower. If your anthurium gets too much light and is in direct sun, its leaves can burn. The temperature at their location should never go below 18 degrees and not above 27 degrees.
Especially when watering you realize that it is not a beginner-friendly plant. The irrigation water has to be filtered because the cold part in the water has a too high pH value. In addition, the water must not be too cold or too hot, otherwise the roots will suffer shock or burn. Anthuriums do not tolerate drought. The soil should always be kept moist, but not too wet. When waterlogging occurs, the roots begin to rot. After watering, the water must therefore also be removed from the saucer!
The tropical plant needs a high humidity of around 70%. You can only achieve this value with a humidifier or in an indoor greenhouse. The option of regular spraying also works.
The FARBIO® glass spray bottle is particularly suitable for spraying the leaves of your anthurium with water and thus ensuring a high level of humidity.
Another option is to put your plant in the bathroom if it gets enough light there. If you have your anthurium in the greenhouse, you must ensure good air circulation in this high humidity. Otherwise mold can quickly form.
Terracotta or plastic?
The right choice of pot also plays an important role with the anthurium, because the thick roots can breathe well in terracotta pots. The only problem is that the roots attach themselves to the walls of the pot and you usually have to break the pot when it comes to repotting. Plastic pots retain moisture better. However, not much air gets to the roots and they cannot breathe properly. Net pots are one of our recommendations. These are open on the sides and the plant can breathe. Net pots are actually intended for pond plants. You can get them at most hardware stores or online.
Anthurium not growing properly
Always remember that the genus is very special. If your anthurium isn't growing, don't hang your head. One of the site conditions is probably not right. Check whether the lighting conditions, the temperature, the humidity and your watering behavior are right. It's also a good idea to fertilize your anthurium every two weeks. A sufficient supply of nutrients is important. Our FARBIO® organic fertilizer for green plants supports the development of lush green leaves and magnificent flowers.
If all goes well and she's still not growing, you should check if she has a pest infestation. Aphids and trips, in particular, can quickly be overlooked.