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Anthurium spp. Plant Care Reminders

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General Information

  • Instruction By Steve Brigham
    Notes Even in the mildest, frost-free climates of coastal Southern California, most anthuriums should be considered house or greenhouse plants, at least during the cooler months. However, there are two species that will grow outdoors in the most protected spots. These are the red-flowering Anthurium scherzerianum and a hardy form or relative of Anthurium hookeri that is grown under the name of Anthurium schlectendahlii. Like many orchids, these are epiphytes that are best grown in containers of orchid mix. Mature plants, however, can be grown in specially prepared beds in the ground.
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.
    3. Protect

    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.
    February
    1. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.
    3. Protect

    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.
    March
    1. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.
    April
    1. Buy

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).
    2. Plant

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.
    7. Transplant

    Repot every other year in fresh orchid mix to avoid soggy soil conditions.
    May
    1. Buy

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).
    2. Plant

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.
    7. Transplant

    Repot every other year in fresh orchid mix to avoid soggy soil conditions.
    June
    1. Buy

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).
    2. Plant

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.
    July
    1. Buy

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).
    2. Plant

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.
    August
    1. Buy

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).
    2. Plant

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.
    September
    1. Buy

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).
    2. Plant

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.
    October
    1. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.
    November
    1. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.
    3. Protect

    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.
    December
    1. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.
    3. Protect

    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    May

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    June

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    July

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    August

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    September

    For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    April

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    May

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    June

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    July

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    August

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    September

    Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    January

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    February

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    March

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    April

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    May

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    June

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    July

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    August

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    September

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    October

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    November

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    December

    Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

    February

    Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

    March

    Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

    April

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    May

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    June

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    July

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    August

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    September

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    October

    Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    November

    Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

    December

    Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    January

    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

    February

    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

    November

    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

    December

    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Watch for snails and slugs.

    February

    Watch for snails and slugs.

    March

    Watch for snails and slugs.

    April

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    May

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    June

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    July

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    August

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    September

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    October

    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    November

    Watch for snails and slugs.

    December

    Watch for snails and slugs.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    January

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

    February

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

    March

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

    April

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

    May

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

    June

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

    July

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

    August

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

    September

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

    October

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

    November

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

    December

    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    April

    Repot every other year in fresh orchid mix to avoid soggy soil conditions.

    May

    Repot every other year in fresh orchid mix to avoid soggy soil conditions.

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