Know All About The Anthurium Plant
There are a lot of interesting things about the anthurium plant that can instill curiosity in you and convince you into growing a pot for your house too. These plants bloom all the year and give the vibes of good hospitality. Thus, for having this plant blooming in the favorite corner of this house, read on as we tell you how to grow and maintain the anthuriumandraeanum.
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About the anthuriums
To the huge world of the great tropical flowers belongs the plant of anthurium that is known for carrying one of the most uniquely shaped and colored flowers. Anthurium is the name of a group of perennial plants with more than 1000 species as members. The scientific name of this plant genus is anthurium spp. or anthuriumandraeanum.
Due to their exceptional flowers, this plant is known by many other common names like Tail flower, Painted tongue, and Flamingo flower depending upon the color and shape of the flower from the particular species.
The anthurium belongs to the category of the herbaceous epiphytes which refers to the plants that grow over other plants and not independently. The anthurium species are native to the Tropical American region and has also been known to occur in many other parts of the world like Mexico, Uruguay, and Northern Argentina.
Some of the popular species of the anthurium genus are-
Physical characteristics of the anthurium plant
The distinctive morphology of this plant is the reason for its popularity and we are going to list the major physical characteristics of it:
Growing the anthurium plant
This is not a very easy plant to maintain and can put little fuss your way. However, those who are willing to put in that extra effort can have this plant blossoming in their gardens with the right amount of care.
Basic requirements of the plant
You need to provide certain things to anthurium for good growth and here is a list of them:
Method of propagating the plant
There are two ways of propagating the anthurium plant.
The fresh roots of this plant, also called the ‘air roots’ are one way to start the plant. Take any full-grown anthurium and look out for the roots that are peeking out from the soil base. Cut these roots off and then dip them in any rooting hormone solution.
You just need to insert these root pieces in the prepared pot with the soil mix and then water the soil immediately.
With stem cuttings-
This is the easiest method where you need to just get a healthy plant stem of about six inches with some leaves on it too. Dip the cut part of the stem into a rooting hormone solution and then insert it into the prepared pot with the soil mix till the length from where the leaves are growing. Water the plant immediately.
It would be around 4 to 6 weeks after which the stems would form in both the above methods and the plant would be ready for repotting. When you see a lot of roots coming above the soil surface, transfer the plant to a slightly bigger pot with soil-filled up to one-third level.
If you are growing the plants in-ground, insert the stems in raised soil beds and insert not more than 5 cm of the total length of the cutting to prevent root rotting.
Caring for the anthuriums
The anthurium plant requires a good amount of care but that’s still not a difficult task. Here are some tips for that:
The flowers are the prime reason why anthurium plant is commonly grown both by florists and households too where the former uses them for cut flower trade too. If you too want your house spaces to shine bright, grow a pot of anthurium and let its veins adorn the plain walls.