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Anthurium is a herbaceous plant from the rain forests of Central and South America. It belongs to the Araceae family. The genus anthurium includes more than 500 species which can be both epiphytic and terrestrial. In our latitudes they are considered mostly houseplants or hot greenhouses and are highly cultivated for the elegance of the spatula and the leaves. In the forests of tropical America there are dozens of species of anthurium, among these the anthurium andreanum is what is also grown in the nursery, as a houseplant. In the nursery there are numerous hybrids and cultivars, with pink, white, lilac, orange inflorescences. In recent years you can also find in the nursery anthurium of the species scherzerianum, with particular spiral spadix. The anthurium they are also widely used as cut flowers, since the inflorescence lasts a long time when cut from the plant.
Anthurium at home
These plants need average minimum temperatures not lower than 10-12 ° C, therefore in Europe they are grown in apartments; for the anthurium we choose a well-lit location, but far from direct sunlight, which could ruin the foliage. The watering will be regular, but not excessive; we always try to water only when the soil is dry, but we should avoid leaving it without water for prolonged periods of time. Every 12-15 days let's add fertilizer for flowering plants to the irrigating water, all year long, since the anthurium has no vegetative rest period.
The anthurium fears temperature changes and air blows, so we avoid placing it too close to a window or heat sources. Periodically it is advisable to remove the withered flowers but also the ruined foliage.
The leaves that turn yellow are usually a symptom of problems in cultivation: if the leaf turns completely yellow it is water problems, the roots do not reach the oxygen or the mineral substances contained in the soil, this can happen due to a constantly soaked soil d 'water.
On the other hand, if the foliage turns yellow from the ends or from the edge, it can be a lack of watering or an excess of fertilization.