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Proper Care For An Anthurium Flamingo FLower
Ask the Expert: Flamingo Lily care
I recently acquired a plant at a yard sale. The lady who had it didn't know what it was, but said that she kept it in direct sunlight and when she moved it it didn't bloom. She also said it was quite huge and she had given it a "hair cut" and it's come back beautiful.
I did some research and found out it's a Flamingo Lily? It has beautiful Salmon pink blooms. It looks very healthy, and is starting to get root bound in its 6" pot. My question is this, I've tried to research proper care for this plant and have come up with variations from full sun to shade, and from keep it wet, to dry it out. The only common factor is to keep the humidity up by misting it. HELP!! Also, how root bound do they like to be? Should I be transplanting it to an 8" pot? What kind of fertilizer should I use, how often?
I've attached pics of my Flamingo Lily:
Thank you for taking the time to read, and answer my question. Shannon
Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:
Shannon, you do have an Anthurium andraeanum â€˜Flamingoâ€™. It is easy to find conflicting information about plant care. So, it is best to understand the natural environment in order to understand which plant care is best for your particular plant. Anthurium is a rather large genus of evergreen perennials from the wet mountain forest in tropical and subtropical North and South America.
Humidity & Watering
From this information we can gather the needs of the plant. Humidity is definitely important so mist your plant every few days or keep in an area with natural humidity like a kitchen or bathroom. When you mist, use lukewarm water and spray the plant evenly. It likes to be kept moist, but here is the kicker, it canâ€™t be soggy. So it needs to be in a soil that is loose, humus rich and drains well. When you water moisten the soil evenly.
Temperature & Lighting
Provide a constant temperature and a little towards the warm side at that. Keep away from air vents. With light you want to create the same situation as the tropical forest. Bright filtered light; in other words donâ€™t let the sun shine directly on the plant. Donâ€™t place Anthurium in a window, instead place on a table where it will receive light from the window, but in a diffused manner.
Fertilizers & Re-potting
Use a balanced fertilizer every three to four weeks. Anthurium usually need to be re-pot every couple of years. When the roots of the plant have basically taken over the soil content, it is time to re-pot. Here in the south the rule of thumb is to use a container that is â€œhalf again as big.â€ This means if you are in a 6â€³ pot you will need a 9â€³ or 10â€³ pot. I hope this information is beneficial.
For those of you interested in Anthurium and want one of your own contact your local florists, they may have Anthurium plants available or for special occasions may be able to order the flower and create a tropical arrangement.