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How to Care for Anthurium as Indoor Plants
Anthuriums require medium to solid indirect light to flourish in our homes. However, they will tolerate less during their dormant phase in winter. In addition, they are sensitive to direct sunshine and quickly burn, so they shelter them from intense afternoon sunbeams.
Proper watering is essential for Anthurium maintenance (as it is for other houseplants!). During the growth season (March-September), keep the soil gently wet, allowing the top layer to dry off between waterings. Please make it a habit to lightly dig a finger into the dirt once or twice a week to check on it. It should be slightly damp. Wait a little longer if it still seems moist.
Remember that your plant’s watering requirements are highly dependent on your house’s particular light and humidity levels. They can also fluctuate dramatically as the seasons and weather change. For example, in the winter, your Anthurium may only need water every few weeks or so, but in the summer, it may need water every few days. Keep a close watch on your plant and its requirements for the first several weeks after bringing it home, and use your senses to learn about it: How does it appear? What are the sensations of the leaves? How does the earth feel to you? Pay attention to what your plant is telling you and alter your care routine gradually.
Proper Anthurium maintenance entails keeping a close check on your plants during the winter and safeguarding them from drafty doors and windows. As a result, they struggle or even die below 55 degrees Fahrenheit and are happiest between 65 and 70. It’s also critical to keep your Anthurium safe from forced air. Heaters, fans, and air conditioners can harm plants if placed too close to them, but mild air circulation (such as an open window on a hot, humid day) will help them.
Humidity is considered when taking an Anthurium home, and it is critical to Anthurium maintenance. The foliage types, in particular, require sufficient moisture to grow and may suffer if not provided, sometimes developing grey edges. Place your Anthurium in a well-lit bathroom or near the kitchen sink. If that isn’t feasible, you may place a humidifier near your Anthurium, spray it regularly, or put a simple pebble tray under its pot.
Some hybrids may be cultivated successfully in potting soil with careful watering, similar to philodendrons, by allowing the soil to dry out a bit between waterings. On the other hand, anthuriums want something more comparable to an orchid mix because they thrive in the moss and leaf litter of tree branches in their native habitats. Therefore, a loose, breathable mixture of potting soil, peat moss, bark fragments or mulch, charcoal, gravel, perlite or pumice, and sphagnum moss is frequently used. Using this sort of soil mix will make Anthurium care a little easier to handle.
Improve soil fertility while the plant is actively developing by scraping some compost into two soil without disturbing the plant’s roots. Then, every two weeks, feed the plant a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer, such as fertilizer For Growing, diluted at a rate of 1 teaspoon/litre of water.
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