How to grow and care for Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) Indoors

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Flamingo Flower, Anthurium scherzerianum

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Botanical name: Anthurium scherzerianum
Family: Araceae
Common names: Flamingo Flower, Pigtail Plant

Flamingo Flower Description

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) also called Pigtail Plant is a popular flowering houseplant on account of the glossy red, heart-spaded blooms which can last for weeks.

Flamingo Flower may not be easy to grow under room conditions but with proper care they can last for many years.

Flamingo Flower

The blooms in Flamingo Flower are not true flowers but are spathes, each with a white spadix covered densely with tiny true flowers.

It bears a 2 in. long waxy flower with an orange curly tail. Brilliant red is the usual color in Flamingo Flower but a white variety (album) is available.

Flamingo Flower Size

Flamingo flower grows to a height of 1 ft. The leaves are 8 in. long and are lance-shaped.

Flamingo Flower Origin

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) is native to the tropical regions of Costa Rica where it grows as epiphytes on trees.

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Flamingo Flower, Anthurium scherzerianum

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Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) Care Indoors

Flamingo Flower Light Requirements

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) grows best in bright indirect light. A curtain-filtered sunny window is perfect for Flamingo Flower.

Protect your Flamingo Flower from direct sunlight to avoid scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Flamingo Flower

Water Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) thoroughly and keep soil moist at all times during the growing season but reduce watering in the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Avoid keeping the soil soggy for your Flamingo Flower as it may lead to root-rot and eventual death of your plant.


Temperature for Flamingo Flower

Average warmth with a minimum of 150C is ideal for your Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum).

Protect the plant from cold draughts to prevent sudden changes in temperature. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Flamingo Flower

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) requires high humidity inorder to thrive. To raise humidity for your Flamingo Flower, set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Regularly clean the leaves of your Flamingo Flower by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust. Do not leave water drops on the leaves of your Flamingo Flower as it may cause fungal infection. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Flamingo Flower Fertilizer (Feeding)

Feed Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) every 2-3 weeks during the growing period with a phosphorous-rich water-soluble fertilizer inorder to promote flowering. Withhold feeding in the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time can lead to fertilizer burn.

Regularly flush out accumulated salts in the soil of your Flamingo Flower by running a stream of water through the soil until the water comes out through the drainage hole. Allow it to run for a few minutes and repeat the process several times. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Flamingo Flower

Repot Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) every 2 years at the beginning of the growing season. Use a pot one-size larger and free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.

Soil for Flamingo Flower

The best soil for Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients. Most potting mixes designed for aroids are ideal for Flamingo Flower.

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How to Prune Flamingo Flower

Pruning Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) is easy. Remove yellow and dead leaves to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

Cut the leaves at the base of the stem with a sharp sterlized knife or scissors to avoid unnecessary injuries which can lead to disease infestations.

Remove any wayward leaves to maintain the shape of your plant. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) Propagation

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) can be propagated during the growing season from from splits.

How to propagate Flamingo Flower from splits

Divide the mother Flamingo Flower plant into several sections while ensuring each divison has some roots.

Pot up the Flamingo Flower splits in moist soil in individual pots and ensure each pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Ensure the crown of the plant is above the soil level to avoid rotting.

Place the set up in a warm, shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges.

Allow the new Flamingo Flower plants to be well established before transplanting after which routine care can begin.

How to force Flamingo Flower to bloom

After blooming, give your Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) a 6 weeks rest period in a cool, dimly-lit room at 150C. Give it very little water during this period.

Bring out your Flamingo Flower after the rest period and continue with normal care. This will break the dormancy cycle and signal your Flamingo Flower to start blooming.

Flamingo Flower, Anthurium scherzerianum

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Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) Problems Indoors

Flamingo Flower brown leaf tips

There are two causes of brown leaf tips in your Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum).

One cause of brown leaf tips in your Flamingo Flower is that the air is too dry. Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Flamingo Flower. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second cause of brown leaf tips in your Flamingo Flower is soggy soil. Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining (drains easily).

Flamingo Flower yellow leaves

There are two causes of yellow leaves in your Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum).

One cause of yellow leaves in your Flamingo Flower is soggy soil. Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining.

The second cause of yellow leaves in your Flamingo Flower is cold draughts (cold air). Protect your Flamingo Flower from cold draughts or place it away from windy doors and windows.

Flamingo Flower brown leaf spots

The brown leaf spots are sunburn marks caused by exposure of Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) to direct sunlight.

Move your Flamingo Flower to a shaded place or use a curtain to filter the light.

Flamingo Flower not blooming (flowering)

One reason why Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) will not bloom is too low light that is to say the plant is not getting enough light to encourage flowering.

Ensure that your Flamingo Flower is receiving the brightest light but protect it from direct sunlight. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

The second reason why your Flamingo Flower will not bloom is underfeeding. Feed your Flamingo Flower every 2 weeks with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season. However, withhold feeding your Flamingo Flower during the cold season.

Flamingo Flower flowers turning green

If your Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) was in bloom when you bought it, the reason could be it was forced to bloom before it was ready to bloom so it loses color as it ages.

Improper watering, excess nitrogen fertilizer and wrong temperatures can also cause greening of the flowers.

Lastly, the blooms last for about 4 weeks and as they age, they begin to lose color by becoming green and paler as aging continues. Some species of Anthuriums produce blooms that turn brilliant green in color; check the species you are growing.

Flamingo Flower drooping leaves and stems

There are four causes of drooping leaves and stems in Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum).

The first cause of drooping leaves in your Flamingo Flower is low humidity. Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Flamingo Flower. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second cause of drooping leaves and stems in your Flamingo Flower is incorrect watering, either underwatering or overwatering.

Maintain the soil moist at all times during the growing season and never allow the soil ball to dry out completely. Read more on how to water houseplants.

The third cause of drooping leaves and stems in your Flamingo Flower is too high temperature due to exposure to direct sunlight. Protect your plant from direct sunlight by filtering the light with a sheer curtain.

The fourth cause of drooping leaves and stems in your Flamingo Flower is pests and diseases infestation. Inspect your plant and take control measures for these pests (see below).

Flamingo Flower Pests

The common pests in Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) are Spider Mites, Aphids and Fungus Gnats.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Flamingo Flower Diseases

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) is prone to root-rot disease which is more prevalent in soggy soil.

Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining.

Is Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) toxic?

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) like other Anthuriums is toxic to both humans and pets.

Flamingo Flower contains oxalate crystals which can cause digestive distress, breathing problems and skin irritation.

Always wear gloves when handling Flamingo Flower and wash your hands thereafter.

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