Botanical name: Anthurium scherzerianum
Common names: Flamingo Flower, Pigtail Plant
Anthurium scherzerianum commonly called Flamingo Flower or Pigtail Plant is a popular flowering plant 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 it can last for many years.
The blooms in Pigtail Plant 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 grows to a height of 1 ft. The leaves are 8 in. long and are lance-shaped.
Anthurium scherzerianum is native to the tropical regions of Costa Rica where it grows as epiphytes on trees.
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Anthurium scherzerianum (Flamingo Flower) care indoors is easy as it thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.
Flamingo Flower requires repotting only when it outgrows its current pot. Pruning is necessary to keep it neat and also minimize pest and disease infestations. Keep reading for more on these growing conditions and how to provide them.
Flamingo Flower grows best in bright, indirect light away from direct sunshine as it can scorch the leaves.
Rotate the pot regularly to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for uniform growth.
Anthurium scherzerianum can also grow under a grow light where the natural lighting is inadequate.
Water Anthurium scherzerianum liberally during the growing season and allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings to keep soil consistently moist.
Decrease on watering in the cold season as growth is reduce to maintain the soil slightly moist but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.
Confirm that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of the Flamingo Flower.
Flamingo Flower requires an average room warmth with a minimum of 150C to thrive.
Keep the Pigtail Plant from cold draughts to prevent sudden changes in temperature which can affect the plant negatively.
Anthurium scherzerianum requires high humidity inorder to thrive. To raise humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
Regularly clean the leaves by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust. Do not leave water drops on the leaves as it may cause fungal infection.
Feed Flamingo Flower every 2 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.
Flush out accumulated salts from the soil regularly 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.
Repot 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 that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot.
The best soil for 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. Buy quality Aroids Potting Mix for Pigtail Plant online from Etsy.
Pruning Flamingo Flower is easy. Remove yellow and dead leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy as well as reduce pest infestation.
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.
Anthurium scherzerianum (Flamingo Flower) can be propagated during the growing season from from splits by plant division.
Water the Flamingo Flower thoroughly at least one day before to make it easier to divide and also hasten establishment. A well hydrated plant suffers less shock and takes a shorter time to take root.
Take the plant out of its pot and carefully divide it into sections by pulling apart the roots. Ensure each section has adequate roots to hasten establishment.
Select a 6 or 8 in. pot and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.
Fill the pot with loose, free-draining potting mix and make a hole in the center of the pot. Ensure that the hole is slightly wider than the root base of the section.
Place the section in the previously made hole and lightly firm the soil around the base while taking care not to bury it too deep; maintain the section at the same soil level it was in the previous pot.
Water the soil thoroughly and place the set up in a well-lit, warm place until the new Pigtail Plant is well established after which you can begin routine care.
After blooming, give the Flamingo Flower a 6 weeks rest period in a cool, dimly-lit room at 150C. Give it very little water during this period.
Bring out the plant after the rest period and continue with normal care. This will break the dormancy cycle and signal the Flamingo Flower to start blooming.
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Anthurium scherzerianum (Flamingo Flower) problems indoors are due to cultural faults. These problems include brown leaf tips, yellow leaves, leaf spots, pests, drooping leaves, lack of blooms among others. Keep reading for more on these problems, their remedies and solutions.
One reason why Anthurium scherzerianum will not bloom is too low light that is to say the plant is not getting enough light to encourage flowering.
Move the plant to a brighter spot and ensure that it is receiving the bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight or instal a grow light if the natural light is not adequate.
The second reason why Flamingo Flower will not bloom is underfeeding. Feed the plant every 2 weeks with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season but do not feed during the cold season.
There are two causes of brown leaf tips in Anthurium scherzerianum. One cause of brown leaf tips is that the air is too dry.
Set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to increase humidity.
The second cause of brown leaf tips in Flamingo Flower is soggy soil. Keep the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining (drains easily).
There are two causes of yellow leaves in Anthurium scherzerianum. One cause of yellow leaves 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 Flamingo Flower is cold draughts (cold air). Protect the Flamingo Flower from cold draughts or place it away from windy doors and windows.
The brown leaf spots are sunburn marks caused by exposure of the Anthurium scherzerianum to direct sunlight. Move the plant to a shaded place or use a curtain to filter the light.
If the 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.
There are four causes of drooping leaves and stems in Anthurium scherzerianum. The first cause of drooping leaves is low humidity.
To raise humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
The second cause of drooping leaves and stems in 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.
The third cause of drooping leaves and stems in Pigtail Plant is too high temperature due to exposure to direct sunlight. Protect the plant from direct sunlight by filtering the light with a sheer curtain.
The fourth cause of drooping leaves and stems in Flamingo Flower is pests and diseases infestation. Inspect the plant and take control measures for these pests (see below).
The common pests in 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. Read on how to identify and get rid of pests in houseplants.
Flamingo Flower is susceptible to root-rot disease which is prevalent in soggy soil brought about by poor soil drainage.
Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining. Read on how to treat root-rot disease in houseplants.
Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum) like other Anthuriums is toxic to both humans and pets.
It 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.