Anthurium - the flamingo at home

Anthurium - the flamingo at home
Anthurium - the flamingo at home

When we buy a flower, it's rare to find someone to explain more about it, so then we have to dig through encyclopedias to learn. And many of us don't care how it's called in Latin, the important thing is that it's beautiful and grows he althy.

So the name of the anthurium comes from Greek: "anthos" - flower and "oura" - tail. Otherwise, the name by which people would remember it more easily is flamingo. It suits him very well - especially since he has one pink color and many green leaves, he looks like a flamingo with a pink beak and green wings.

The other popular name is “fire language” because of its red color and maybe because it is from the Zmiyarnikov family.

And the one with green leaves and red flowers that last a long time and are perfect for arranging even the most pretentious bouquets is called anthurium (Anthurium Schott).It comes from the subtropical and tropical regions of America and is characterized by its aerial roots. Aerial means that they come out of the soil and are intercepted a little here and a little further. Actually, the plant with the most aerial roots is the philodendron, in my opinion. The time has not come for me to praise him and complain about him, but he can also break the parquet floor - or at least leave significant imprints for memory.

Don't worry, anthurium is a much more gentle, fragile and delicate plant, it won't dig up your parquet. Its leaves are dense, dark green, heart-shaped. Its colors, depending on the species, can be pink, purple, red, white or green. That is why it can often be confused with spathiphyllum. I think it may differ on the leaves. Indeed, there are already so many varieties of each flower and hybrids that even the most ardent florists can argue for hours about which flower is what.

Overbloomed flowers can be cut off so that the plant does not weaken, struggling to feed the withering part.Anthuriums are said to produce juicy fruit after they bloom, but I guess we have to see that live in the rainforest, I don't know if it can be achieved indoors unless you recreate it's natural habitat very well.

It is not good for anthuriums to stay in direct sunlight, they love water, so you need to water regularly and maintain high humidity. They can be sprayed with a sprayer, but not the flowers because they rot.

From autumn to spring, you should reduce watering and try not to let the temperature fall below 15 degrees again.

Anthurium is most easily propagated with the new shoots grown in the pot. In the spring, they are transplanted into other pots. Gardeners usually recommend using ceramic pots, but especially for the anthurium it would be nice if they were plastic so that there is no temperature difference.

Still, it's one thing to look at tropical plants in a greenhouse, it's another to live in the greenhouse - your living room, so to some extent the flowers also conform to us and we to the flowers.

The leaves of the anthurium, as well as the trefoil, representatives of the sem. Eels, contain poisonous juice. If swallowed, they can cause vomiting, allergies, stomach disorders or cause skin rashes. It's rare to get juice from cutting a leaf or two onto your hands, but you can wear rubber gloves just in case.

The good thing about anthurium is that it can last as a cut flower for 1 month - perfect for arranging weddings and other celebrations.

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