Anthurium Care – Spectacular Blooms Foliage and Unusual Leaves

Anthurium Pizzazz is another beautiful hybrid from a successful breeding program.

Pizzazz is easier and a more fast-growing Anthurium compared to its kins and relative plants.

Once advantage that it has compared to other Anthuriums is its capability to flower earlier than usual.

Blooming Anthurium Pizzazz plants produce red flowers placed above glossy leaves.

Flowers are long-lasting which makes them popular flowers present in almost all cut flower combination and arrangements.

In addition, the brilliant red color of the flowers remains vivid even during summer.

Question: We just received an Anthurium as a gift. It’s in a pot which looks too small for the roots.

Should we repot the plant into a bigger pot? Is watering weekly enough? What light does the plant need to stay healthy and flower?


Answer: Anthuriums don’t need a lot of “root room” to grow. From my experience, the “flamingo flower” likes to be a little root bound.

Most Anthuriums you’ll find at the garden center will be in a 5″ or 6″ inch pot. Keep the plant in bright light (north or east windowsill would be best) but NOT direct light, watering on a weekly basis is about right.

Generally they like to stay moist but dry out between watering. In Hawaii they grow the plants for cut flowers in volcanic rock where the water drains quickly.

If you have smaller pots you many need to water a little more regularly. It is better on the watering side to underwater – less rather than more water.

Consider rotating the plant a quarter turn each time you water for even growth.

Anthurium Lady Jane – She Started It All

The Lady Jane anthurium is not a South American species but a hybrid.

This easy-to-care ornamental plant, also known as Flamingo lily or Painter’s Palette, has an attractive glossy dark green foliage with large, fleshy, arrow-shaped leaves and bright red or pink spathe flowers.

Its fruits are red, ovoid shaped berries that are clustered along the spike.

Lady Jane is prized for its compact size and colorful, continuous blooming. Prior to it’s introduction the “Anthurium” was known and used more as a cut flower than a potted blooming plant.

Its flowers can last up to 8 weeks thus making it an important source of cut flowers.

It is also an outdoor plant in the tropics, a houseplant elsewhere, and one of the most spectacular flowering plants which can be grown in pots. Even when it is not in bloom, this “Lady” grows well in a bright windowsill thereby making it a beautiful foliage plant.

Anthurium “Surprise”

anthurium surprise

The Anthurium has long been associated with “tropical” flower arrangements for years, but over the last 20 years or so it’s become a potted house plant.

Many new varieties which do better in pots and flower more often then their “cut flower” cousins can be found at nurseries and garden centers.

Anthurium “Surprise” is different – the flowers or spathes are both red and white.

To add to the “Surprise” this patent pending beauty produces flower where no two flowers are alike with the mottled or speckled dark red to light pick and white colors. Each flower creates its own unique pattern of beauty.

Keep on the look out for Anthurium “Surprise” coming to a garden center near you!

Queen Anthurium Warocqueanum

Anthurium Warocqueanum – Plant Out of the Ordinary

If you have a warm plant room where the air can be kept full of moisture, the velvet-leaved beauty, Anthurium Warocqueanum, can be yours.

Growing it is not easy.

You’ll need to provide a warm (about 65°) humid atmosphere, a potting mixture of sphagnum moss, plenty of moisture in spring and summer with less amounts in winter, and a little fertilizer (liquid is best) each spring.

That should produce a spectacularly beautiful foliage plant, with velvety green leaves, a foot or more long under good culture, veined conspicuously with white.

Anthurium Plowmanii Ruffles

Anthurium Plowmanii Ruffles

When you see Anthurium Ruffles, the first thing that will capture your attention is its jungly look; next are its distinct leaves.

The leaves of Anthurium Ruffles are wavy near the blade’s edges, thus the name Ruffles.

Each slightly glossy leaf comes in dark green color which turns burgundy under higher levels of light.

Another interesting feature is its inflorescence. It comes erect in some varieties but some has slightly spreading appearance.

A closer look at the parts of each flower will let you see its spathe in either relaxed or rolled appearance. This spathe comes in purple with a touch of green.

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joy clayton June 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

my plant was placed in the sun and was burned…how do i revitalize it?

Lindsey June 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm

We just bought an anthurium at home depot. When we got it, there was no soil with the plant so we transfered it to the same size pot and added some mircle grow soil to it. Its been fine for about 2 weeks now all the flowers are dying but the leafs are growing strong. We wait until its a little dry before we water it and we have in a window that doesnt have direct sunlight. What are we doing wrong???

Ollie Beyer August 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I heard someone recently say that an anthurium needs coffee. I just purchased my plant at Home Depot and planted it in a larger pot. Hope it does good. It is outside in the shade. I am organic so no Miracle Grow for mine. It will get coffee until I find something better.

alley August 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

its ok if the flowers die. your plant will get new ones sometimes it takes awhile. Try misting your plant once a week.

Molly L August 21, 2010 at 8:41 am

My anthuriium is healthy but has not bloomed since I got it. Leaves have grown but no flowers. It’s in a shallow pot with volcano rock. And receives indoor sun/temp. How can I get it to bloom?