New Pink Anthurium

Anthurium is a genus of about 1,000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. General common names include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. It is a subtropical bulb that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South Africa. It is grown as a potted plant in most parts of the United States but can also be grown outdoors year round in warm areas like Florida. Anthuriums are herbaceous epiphytes native to tropical America, a genus of more than 800 species found in the New World tropics from Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay.

 

If you have visited before, you know I fell in love with potted anthuriums about 5 years ago.  These potted plants in the winter give me a living plant and lots of beautiful blooms. The anthuriums do not really have flowers, but spathes which are a type of leaf.  The red anthurium is most common, and all I have previously owned.  This year I finally found a pink baby anthurium.  It is almost half the size of previous plants.  I have bought most of my anthuriums at the Publix flower department close to my home.  The local Winn Dixie also has a flower department which is smaller and often looks sad.  I have a problem with stores that sell potted plants and do not water them.  Winn Dixie is one of the worst. All sorts of plants were for sale and all had never been watered since last week easily.  The potting soil is bone dry and the plants are dying.  They had stocked many plants for Christmas and now had them 1/2 off.  Today I took a chance and chose one that looked like it could be revived. Unlike the plants I bought at Publix these do not come with a pretty white pot but have gift paper around them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First I removed the paper and let a slow trickle of water run through the pot.  The dirt poured out.  I got a slightly bigger pot and white ceramic container from the last plant I bought 2 years ago.  I repotted and then trickled water through again.  The plastic container then went into the white ceramic pot.  I placed it on a red star saucer in the middle of the table.  It already looks happier with beads of water on the leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll notice one leaf is torn and several more have brown spots. In the next month new leaves will appear and the old ones with brown spots will drop off. I have my fingers crossed that I’ll also new spathes forming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll let you know how it does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

17 thoughts to “New Pink Anthurium”

  1. Carol – well done to rescue this poor Anthurium! I have had a red one for four years; when it was given to me, it was “potted” in water. It did well and bloomed often until this winter, when it just slowly lost all its leaves with no new growth. Done, it was. Thanks for sharing this unique color with everyone at Mosaic Monday!

    1. It all depends on your local store. I live between 2 stores. One is my favorite for food and flowers. Check out your local store.

  2. I am going to call you the plant whisperer. 🙂 After my mother retired, she wanted something to do and so she applied at Lowes. She told them she would only work in the flower area and they went for it. Like you, she said she hated seeing the plants die from lack of care. Before she became ill, she was so happy working there and the plant/flower area thrived. Everyone knew her and called her the plant lady. If anyone had problems with their house plants or any plant really, they asked her about them and sometimes even brought their plants to her for her to save them. This was a happy and fun time for her and your post brought that to mind today. Thanks for sharing.

    1. what a charming story – I think your mother and I would be good buddies – sounds like a wonderful retirement. Thank you for sharing such a sweet memory – I am honored. Anytime you want to share any mom stories I am game. I lost my mother in my 30’s – it’s been a really long time of missing her.

  3. I do hope your new plant, Winn-Dixie, makes it. Your story about the plant reminds me of the children’s story, Because of Winn-Dixie. In the story, a little girl found a stray dog at Winn-Dixie (rather than a stray plant).

  4. Doesn’t surprise me that Winn-Dixie doesn’t take care of its plants. Happy to meet another plant rescuer, although I don’t do it anymore. My house would be overflowing if I still did! Alana ramblinwitham

  5. I have not grown Anthurium ever but looking at your post , I am thinking of trying to grow it following your wonderful guidelines. Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

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