Real World Gardener Anthuriums are Plant of the Week

May 17th, 2015

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 PLANT OF THE WEEK

Anthurium species.

 

with Jeremy Critchley, owner www.thegreengallerynursery.com.au

and Karen Smith, editor www.hortjournal.com.au

At the beginning of the program I mentioned the benefits of having one or three indoor plants.

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Anthurium adreanum White King

This next plant can be planted indoors, but remember, indoor plants are just plants that can grow outside if you have the right conditions.

So don’t be constrained to just keeping them in the house, balcony or verandah.

 

 

 

 

The brightly coloured heart shaped spathe or a waxy modified leaf and isn’t the flower.

anthurium%2Bandreanum%2Bsingle%2Bflower.The bit that pokes out, or the spadix, contains the real tiny flowers.

 

Anthuriums, don't like to be constantly wet, but don't let them dry out completely.

They grow well in temperate areas outdoors, as well as in the tropics and sub tropics.

Feed them with any organic fertiliser or controlled release prills for pot plants.

 

Here are some varieties to get you going.Anthurium andreanum 'Amazing Queen'  has big orange flowers or spathes really.

 

There’s also Black Queen with  an almost black spathe and White King with a white spathe.

 

These all have been bred for massive flowering, clumping, disease resistance and cold tolerance down to 10 C.

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Anthurium Black Queen

After a few years Anthuriums will form aerial roots, so that’s when you should think about repotting and dividing them.

The best time to do this is in spring or autumn, when the weather is warm, but not hot.These aerial roots can be planted below the surface.But don’t let that put you off from buying one of the many hybrids that Jeremy mentioned.

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