Our plant of the month for February is the stunning Flamingo plant, otherwise known as an Anthurium.
The anthurium is a very easy-care plant. Its requirements are quite simple, and the plant will thrive in most indoor environments, if you follow these simple steps.
Anthuriums thrive best in natural, indirect sunlight. They like plenty of light and will produce more flowers the more light they are exposed to, but they do not fare well in direct sunlight, as this can burn the leaves. So the ideal location for them is dappled shade, out of direct sunlight.
In terms of watering, anthuriums do not like overly dry or overly wet soil. You should water them only once the soil feels dry to the touch, but once the soil is dry, you should then water them. Avoid allowing your anthurium to become dried out.
If you do notice that the soil of your Flamingo plant has become overly dry, it can be difficult for the roots to then absorb water. The best thing to do is to stand the plant in water for an hour or so, so that they are thoroughly wet and their ability to absorb water is restored.
On the other hand, if you notice that the soil of your anthurium remains wet for several days, it is a good idea to then try and stand the plant in a warmer location for a short period of time (out of direct sunlight, of course), as the roots of this plant will rot if they are left wet for an extended period of time.
In terms of fertilizing, your Flamingo plant may benefit from a small amount of high-phosphoros fertilizer every 3-4 months.
Some fun facts about your Flamingo plant
- It is named 'Flamingo flower' for its dramatic, bright and showy appearance. And who doesn't love a flamingo? (I just LOVE flamingoes and have done for years - I used to have flamingo wallpaper in my flat!).
- The colourful parts of plant are not actually flowers! They are waxy 'spathes' or modified leaves. Tiny white flowers appear within the spathes.
- Because of the colour and heart-shape of the spathes, Flamingo plants make ideal gifts for Valentine's day. <3
- Flamingo plants traditionally used to represent hospitality, happiness and abundance.
- Flamingo flowers are poisonous if ingested, and have been known to irritate the skin, so please handle with care, and keep out of the reach of children and pets.
To get your hands on one of these gorgeous flowering plants for yourself, or as a gift for someone else, click on the image below to head over to our indoor plant collection.