Growing to around 60 cm tall, anthuriums prefer a warm, brightly lit spot indoors, out of direct sunlight and protected from draughts. In warm climates you can also grow anthuriums in a shady garden, or in pots on a sheltered deck or patio.
Flamingo flowers like humidity and will enjoy having their leaves misted with water when it’s hot and dry. You can also sit the plant on a saucer filled with pebbles and then add water to the saucer. This helps to increase the humidity around the plant. Remove old, dry leaves by pulling them off at the base of the plant.
Very little sunlight or lack of nutrients will cause leaves to yellow.
Remove any spent flowers to keep the plant looking tidy and promote more flowers. Anthurium flowers can also be cut for a vase display.
Flowers can sometimes change colour as genetics kick in and cause it to revert back to its original form. It means you won’t get the colour you bought, but hey, it feels like a new plant!
Green thumb tip: indoor plants like anthuriums can be affected by mites, which are tiny sap feeding pests that cause leaves to yellow and mottle and large colonies of mites can create spidery webbing. Control mites by spraying plants each week with Yates Nature’s Way Vegie & Herb Spray, which is an insecticidal soap that’s made from natural vegetable oils.