L’Anthurium (Anthurium) is a magnificent epiphytic plant which belongs to the family of Araceae.There are nearly a thousand species, some of them are used as indoor plants, for their ornamental qualities but also because they are depolluting plants. Let’s see how to maintain an Anthurium, how often to water it, repot it, and take stock of its flowering.
Entretenir un Anthurium
Anthurium is a tropical plant easy to live. It still needs some good care for it to develop properly.
Regularly pass a damp sponge over the leaves to rid them of dust.
It is necessary to add fertilizer every 8 to 10 days until flowering begins. A liquid fertilizer for orchids to be diluted in the irrigation water is ideal for the Anthurium.
This tropical plant appreciates a short stay outside during summerbut you have to think about bringing it in in September.
To see an Anthurium thrive and have the pleasure of admiring its abundant flowers, care must be taken that its substrate does not dry out. We must keep it moist but we must not drown it. The ideal is to drench the plant every 3 or 4 days in spring and summer then about once every 10 days in autumn and winter. Almost daily misting of the foliage is also welcome.
Watch out for standing water! The substrate of the Anthurium should never be soggy. This is why it is advisable to place the pot on a tray covered with clay balls and to let the substrate drain well after each watering.
Finally, let us specify that it is highly preferable to use only non-calcareous water to water, mist and dust an Anthurium.
Repot an Anthurium
You only start repotting an Anthurium from the 3th year then, thereafter, every two years. The best time is spring. Care must always be taken not to bury either its superficial roots or its collar.
At each repotting, the root ball should be scraped delicately in order to eliminate the old substrate which is then replaced by a new one, composed for example of a good peat mixed with pine bark, sphagnum and pearlite. It is recommended to use a special mix Orchids which is very suitable for the Anthurium and to wet it well just before the operation.
During the two or three days following its repotting, it should not be watered, but simply misted. It is only at the end of this short period that watering can resume, with regularity but moderation of course.
Anthurium flowers are spectacularmade up of a large spathe ribbed and long fallow. In general, an Anthurium begins to flower in October and the flowering lasts until March or April if you take good care of your plant.
Each flower has a fairly long lifespan. It is obviously advisable to cut off the faded flowers of the Anthurium as well as their dried stems. This promotes the formation of new flowers. Note also that it is necessary to remove the dry leaves. Other than that, this tropical plant has no no need to be pruned.
After the flowering period, i.e. during the spring, the plant goes to rest. But it must continue to receive good care and benefit again and again from a great luminosity as well as sufficient heat. You should know that if the plant lacks light, its flowers may remain green. However, avoid placing it too close to a window, as direct sunlight can burn the leaves of the Anthurium. A distance from 80 to 100 cm between pot and glazing is suitable.
The ideal is to reserve a place for this tropical plant in the bathroom, provided that it has a window. The atmosphere in this room is generally warm and humid, which is perfect for these plants.
Finally, note that it is essential to put an Anthurium to rest for about 8 weeks just after the flowering period. The ideal conditions are then an ambient temperature of 15°C, reduced watering and the cessation of fertilization. It’s the secret to make an Anthurium bloom again year after year.