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Plant Know-How: Anthurium andraeanum

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If your valentine is a plant parent you know the way to their heart isn't through a box of chocolates, it's through plants. We can't think of a better gift for the plant lover in your life than Anthurium andraeanumAnthurium andraeanum is known for the colorful leaves surrounding the plant's inflorescence. There are many different cultivars of Anthuriun andraeanum available, so there's a color for everyone! Like most of the tropical plants we keep in our homes Anthurium andraeanum is endemic to warm, humid tropical forest where it receives shaded and dappled light. Mimicking this type of environment is the best way to ensure your Anthurium andraeanum is happy in your home. We've got some tips here on how to best keep your Anthurium so you can watch it, and your love, thrive for years to come!
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Light requirements for Anthurium andraeanum: Keep your Anthurium andraeanum in bright filtered light. Can also be kept in medium light but it may not flower. Avoid direct sun. 

Watering tips for Anthurium andraeanum: Water when the top 1/3-1/2 of the soil has gone dry. Leaves may appear a bit softer when ready for water. This is a plant that also appreciates some added humidity. You can achieve this by keeping your Anthurium andraeanum in a well lit bathroom, placing a pebble tray underneath your plant, or placing it near a humidifier. 

The Best Soil for Anthurium andraeanum: Like other aroids, Anthurium andraeanum does best in a chunky, well-draining potting medium that allows lots of oxygen to flow around the roots, and doesn't trap too much water for too long. Our Folia Favorite Mix was developed specifically with plants like Anthuriums in mind, but if you're making your own mix be sure to use chunky amendments like orchid bark and/or pumice. 

Are Anthurium andraeanum pet-safe? Anthurium are not pet-safe and can be toxic when consumed by pets. If you're looking for pet-safe plants, be sure to check out the Pet Safe category of the Plant Care Compendium

Did you know? Anthurium andraeanum can sometimes be hard to re-bloom. To help your plant produce those colorful leaves provide a phosphorus rich fertilizer!

Still need to grab something for your sweetie this Valentine's Day? We have many different colors of Anthurium andraeanum available in both 4" and 6" sizes on our website for curbside pick up and local delivery!