Anthurium: maintenance, watering, repotting and flowering


The Anthurium (Anthurium) is a magnificent epiphytic plant which belongs to the family of AraceaeThere are nearly a thousand species, some of them are used as indoor plants, for their ornamental qualities but also because they are depolluting plants. Let’s see how to maintain an Anthurium, how often to water it, repot it, and take stock of its flowering.

Caring for an Anthurium

The Anthurium is a tropical plant easy to live. It must still be given some good care for it to develop properly.

Dusting

A damp sponge is regularly passed over the leaves to rid them of dust.

Fertilization

It is necessary to add fertilizer every 8-10 days until flowering begins. A liquid orchid fertilizer to be diluted in the irrigation water is ideal for Anthurium.

Take out the Anthurium

This tropical plant appreciates a little stay outdoors during summer, but you have to think about bringing it back in September.

Water the Anthurium

To see an Anthurium thrive and have the pleasure of admiring its flowers in abundance, you must ensure that its substrate does not dry out. It should be kept moist, but it should not be drowned. The ideal is to to bathe the plant every 3 or 4 days in spring and summer then about once every 10 days in autumn and winter. An almost daily misting of the foliage is also welcome.

Watch out for standing water! The substrate of the Anthurium must never be soaked. This is why it is advisable to place the pot on a tray covered with a clay ball and to let the substrate drip off after each watering.

Finally, it should be noted that it is highly preferable to only use non-hard water to water, mist and dust an Anthurium.

Repot an Anthurium

We do not start repotting an Anthurium until the 3th year then, thereafter, every two years. The best time is spring. Care should always be taken not to bury its superficial roots or its crown.

At each repotting, it is advisable to gently scrape the root ball in order to remove the old substrate which is then replaced by a new one, composed for example of a good peat mixed with pine bark, sphagnum and sphagnum moss. perlite. It is recommended to use a special mix Orchids which is perfectly suited to Anthurium and to wet it well just before the operation.

During the two or three days which follow its repotting, it should not be watered, but simply misty. It is only at the end of this short period that watering can resume, with regularity but moderation of course.

Flowering of Anthurium

The flowers of the Anthurium are spectacular, formed of a large spathe ribbed and a long spadix. Usually an Anthurium begins to flower in October and flowering lasts until March or April if you take good care of the plant.

Each flower has a fairly long lifespan. It is obviously advisable to cut as and when the withered flowers of the Anthurium as well as their withered stems. This promotes the formation of new flowers. Note also that it is necessary to remove the dry leaves. Apart from that, this tropical plant has no need to be pruned.

After the flowering period, i.e. during the spring, the plant goes to rest. But it must continue to receive good care and benefit again and again from great light and sufficient heat. You should know that if the plant lacks light, its flowers may remain green. However, it should be avoided to place it too close to a window, the direct sun can burn the leaves of the Anthurium. A distance from 80 to 100 cm between the pot and the glazing is suitable.

The ideal is to reserve for this tropical plant a place in the bathroom, provided it has a window. The atmosphere in this room is generally hot and humid, which is perfect for these plants.

Finally, note that it is essential to put an Anthurium at rest for about 8 weeks just after the flowering period. The ideal conditions are then an ambient temperature of 15 ° C, reduced watering and the cessation of fertilization. This is the secret to make an Anthurium bloom again year after year.