Anthurium: December Houseplant of the Month

Anthurium is one of the most popular houseplants. Attractive to look at, easy to look after, and brings with it a real personality into the home, which gives a serene feeling in white, whilst the brightly coloured varieties have a lively appearance. Although most people think that the coloured part is the flower, it’s actually a coloured bract. Anthurium’s flowers are very small and are all found on the spike.

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Origin 
Anthurium originates from the tropical rainforests of Colombia, Guatemala and the Amazon region in Brazil. The plant grows there as an epiphyte: that means that they grow in and on trees with relatively few roots without drawing nutrients from the tree. The plant gets enough light there but no bright sun, and it’s always in a nice warm spot with high humidity. 

Sales and display tips for Anthurium
Red, white and green Anthuriums are ideal for a fresh, contemporary December arrangement. Display them with some Christmas decorations, keep it sleek and modern: black shiny pots, silver and gold. Give the plant a bit of room: the profusion of stems and flowers look best if they’re unrestrained. Anthurium has attractive, thick roots which lend added value to the plant’s appearance in a glass pot or vase. Small pot sizes can be wrapped in peat moss (kokedama), or add sparkle by placing it on a plate or dish as an alternative Christmas bauble. Pastel shades become popular after Christmas again.

For more information:
Thejoyofplants.co.uk


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