HOW TO GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT FROM YOUR 'ANTHURIUM'
In the house environment it is difficult to give Anthurium too much light. Place near your sunniest window. In addition to adequate sunlight, other variables such as humidity, temperature and water are key ingredients required to ensure vibrant, healthy indoor plants - especially through the winter. Generally, tropical plants enjoy a relative humidity of 50-70% and warm temperatures. However, when temperatures in the home rise above 67 degrees F, the humidity drops drastically. If you don't have an automatic humidifier, either freestanding or built into your heating system, it may be necessary to sacrifice a few degrees of warmth in lieu of an increase in the humidity.
Another alternative would be to set plants on saucers or inexpensive clear plastic plant trays filled with gravel and water. This will raise the humidity level directly around any plant by as much as 35%. In addition, use an inexpensive spray bottle to give all of your plants a good misting once a week.
A third option is to use your bathroom to permanently keep select plants or use it as a weekly rotation station where plants are refreshed for a few days of high humidity before they are then rotated back to other rooms. Plants are not foreign to any room of the house as long as that room can supplement a plants health. Bathrooms take on a whole new ambiance when decked out with plants and in turn the bathroom provides the natural humidity beneficial for a plants health.
Although your Anthurium can be left inside year round, it will benefit by being placed outdoors in the summer in a semi-sunny location where it will provide some of its heaviest blooming!
For permanent in-ground planting in zones 9 and warmer, please refer to the instructions below.
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1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to part sun.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones - 9 or warmer. (Container plant in cooler zones (1-8) and treat as a houseplant during fall and winter.)
3. Planting Distance - 3 to 4 feet apart.
4. Mature Height/Spread - 2 to 3 feet tall with a similar spread within 2 years.
5. Bloom Time - Sporadic blooming all season.
6. Planting Instructions - Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the pot in which your plant was grown. Partially backfill the hole with soil, remove the plant from the pot and carefully position the root ball in the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the soil surface. Refill the hole with soil, firming the soil around the plant with your fingers. Check to be sure that the plant is not planted too deep. If it is, raise the plant gently and refirm the soil. Water thoroughly.
Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office. These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance. See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:
1. Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12 to 18 inches.
2. It is always beneficial to add organic matter to your soil. You can mix in a 2 to 4 inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves and/or peat moss.
3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster.
Anthuriums are unique, tropical plants that are easy to care for. They make excellent indoor plants and can also be enjoyed outside as a patio or porch plant in the summer months. Once the weather has warmed, move the plant outdoors to a relatively sunny location and provide it with plenty of water. After acclimating the plant to outdoor conditions, it is time to repot it.
One consideration when repotting is to utilize a “grower” type pot. These pots are very inexpensive and can be picked up at the local greenhouse or garden center. This approach will give you many options to display your Anthurium seasonally. The grower's pot can be placed in different decorative pot covers, baskets, and plastic, wood, or ceramic pots to enhance the location you choose to display the plant in your home or patio.
A second option is to choose a container that will fit the décor of the room in which you expect to place the Anthurium; however, we highly recommend you repot the plant into a grower's pot. From a watering standpoint alone, using the grower's pot makes it easier to take care of the plant and keeps your decorative pot in better condition. Also, this will extend the life of the container regardless of the material used to make the pot.
After you have repotted the Anthurium, the growth will be slow at first. Most plants will 'grow' the root system first before putting on additional growth above the soil line. Be careful not to over water your plant. The new soil will probably have better water holding capacity and volume to store more water for the plant's use.
Once the top growth begins, start applying Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster once a month in the winter months and twice a month when the plant is in a more active stage of growth to help maintain the proper level of nutrition.
Watering - Your plants require at least 1 inch of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when in the ground. If you leave in a container outdoors that is exposed to full sun you will have to water well at least once every other day-possibly every day during periods of intense summer heat. You may wish to temporarily move the container where it is shielded during these times (i.e. in the shade of a tree, on a porch-near an overhang.) It will still perform well in such situations. Remember to keep the soil moist, not wet.
Mulching - In-ground apply a 2 to 4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.
Weeding - In-ground keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.
Grooming - Clip off spent flower spikes as they occur as well as unsightly or dead growth to maintain the plants in good form and shape. These plants should not require any heavy pruning unless they become too rangy. Keep such pruning to a minimum.
Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Discontinue feeding after September 1st so your plants can harden off for winter dormancy. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in the spring.
Winterizing - None required in zones 9 or warmer. Bring container plants indoors and treat as a houseplant before the first frost.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.