Flamingo Flower, or Anthurium does well with bright, indirect light and high humidity. These cheery flowers brighten up spaces indoors, and look beautiful when placed in a matching brightly colored pot. The flowers are similar to calla lilies, peace lilies or even chinese evergreen. They consist of a spadix (vertical white part) surrounded by a bright modified leaf (spathe). The flowers vary in color from traditional red to pink, orange, white, green, purple and black. Flamingo flower prefers moderately bright light, and likes to stay moist without sitting in water or drying out excessively.
Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 16″ – 20″
Mature Width: 16″ – 20″
Classification: Prominent Flower
Sunlight: Bright indirect or some direct light
Habit: Compact, upright
Flower Color: Red
Foliage: Green on wiry stems
Soil Condition: Well draining potting mix
Water Require: Likes to stay moist
Uses: Excellent indoors as focal point or background
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Anthurium Flamingo Flower does well indoors in a room that receives bright direct light, like an eastern or northern window sill. The flowers are bright red, thick and waxy and appear prolifically when given bright, direct light and kept moist. The plants don’t like to dry out completely, but can also be grown exclusively in water. Flamingo Flower is happiest when given high humidity so feel free to mist the plant with a sprayer bottle at regular intervals. These delightfully cheery plants work well indoors near windowsills, especially in the kitchen or bathroom where there’s naturally higher humidity.
Light Requirement of Anthurium Flamingo Flower:
Indoors, Anthirium does best with bright indirect to bright direct light. An Eastern exposure is ideal, a western window with a curtain works as long as the plant does not receive too much direct light. The lighting is the key to the plant continuously producing flowers; the plant will survive in lower light without producing the flowers.
Watering Anthurium Flamingo Flower:
These plants like a happy medium between too dry and too wet; they like to stay evenly moist. They produce aerial roots that like higher humidity, and it’s normal for these roots to grow above the soil level and absorb extra moisture. It is possible to grow Flamingo Flower in water without soil in special vases designed just for plants.
Fertilizing Anthirium Flamingo Flower:
Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Anthurium Flamingo Flower. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a water-soluble, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time.
On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment.
Best Growing Soil for Anthurium Flamingo Flower:
Anthurium does best in a moist but well draining soil such as Espoma Organic Potting Mix. A regular potting mix will work, but a mix of Espoma Organic Orchid Mix and regular potting mix would be ideal. These larger mixes will allow drainage while creating air pockets to keep the roots happy. It is normal for Flamingo Flower and other epiphytes to produce thick, rounded roots above ground that absorb moisture from the air. These plants could be grown in water culture as well, with just water or terra cotta pebbles which stay moist but gradually dry out.
History and introduction of Anthurium Flamingo Flower:
Native to Colombia, Anthurium Flamingo Flower belongs to the family Araceae which includes more than 100 genera and about 1500 species, mainly from the tropics. In 1889 the first Flamingo Flower was brought to Hawaii from London by Samuel Damon. After 100 years of cultivation and hybridization the Flamingo Flower is considered Hawaii’s principal ornamental export; this exportation peaked in 1980. Many colorful varieties can be found today as a result, including: red, orange, white, green, purple, black and bicolor. In terms of propagation, Flamingo Flower can be grown from seed or cuttings. Plants grown from seed yield interesting color combinations and traits.
Anthurium andraeanum is the Latin name for Flamingo Flower. Anthurium means flower tail, while andraeanum refers to Edouard Francis Andre, a 19th century French explorer who discovered the plant in the Andes mountains.