Free Anthurium Scherzerianum Hybrids Plants

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Confusingly, this Anthurium shares with A. andreanum the common name of Flamingo Flower, although its other name of Pigtail Plant is more descriptive, because of the rather curly spadix. The flowers can be used in cut flower arrangements, but are more commonly left on the plant, where they provide a long display. For the best results, the flowers should be supported as their weight will cause the stems to bend and look untidy. Use wire rather than small sticks, as it is less obvious. Bend the wire into a loop to support the flower at the top and bend the sharp end back with a pair of pliers for safety. With its flowers suitably supported, this Anthurium makes an ideal feature plant for most rooms.

Plant type : Flowering plant with loose, erect habit
Season of interest : Usually summer, but occasionally throughout year if conditions are favourable
Size : 30-45cm (12—18in)
Flower : Spathe heart-shaped, 7.5-10cm (3-4in), red, orange or white; spadix 5-7.5cm (2—3in) long, reddish orange, on 15-20cm (6—8in) stems
Leaf : Pointed oval, 15-20cm (6—8in), on 15-20cm (6—8in) stems
Temperature : 18-24°C (64-75°F)
Aspect/Light : Moderate light, away from sunlight
Humidity : High
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer; allow to dry very slightly before re-watering autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks with houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Separate plantlets in mid spring to mid summer and plant in potting compost with sphagnum moss added at 24°C (75°F); sow seed as above
Potting : Houseplant potting compost with sphagnum moss added
Problems : Aphid
Availability : Usually available spring and summer
Uses indoors : Ideal feature plant for low table for lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom or office