Blackwood's

ANTHURIUM

Anthurium andreanum hybrids have been cultivated for cut flowers for absolute ages. Today new, smaller and more compact plants are being grown as potted plants for use indoors. They hold their distinctive waxy blooms for months on end offering lasting colour to the home. Grow them in a well-lit position with plenty of filtered sunlight and keep the soil evenly moist and damp. Water every 7 to 10 days by washing the plant off under a shower hose. Leave in the bathroom to dry before returning to the growing position. As tropical plants often do Anthuriums can suffer from a dry atmosphere indoors. To counteract this, stand the pot on a layer of gravel or stone about 2 cm deep placed in a waterproof drip tray. Fill with water to the top of the gravel. This creates a micro-climate around the plant and decreases the chances of browning of leaves due to a lack of humidity. Apply a water soluble fertiliser every 6 weeks to maintain vigorous growth. Re-pot every 12 to 18 months into a slightly bigger pot.