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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Dec 5, 2014 8:39 PM CST
I have a common red blossomed antherium plant that just finished up with it's last bloom. Can someone tell me how to care for it? What do I need to do for it to encourage it to grow and increase in size. Also., what do I need to do to encourage it to bloom again & when can I expect repeat blooms?
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 5, 2014 10:46 PM CST
Donna, I have the white one, but I imagine the care is similar. It's very much a tropical baby, wanting humidity, warmth (nights never below about 55deg.) and bright shade. After they bloom it's good to give a little dry, cool rest period, then begin watering and fertilizing again to prod it into new growth and bloom.

Since mine is out in my garden, it gets Florida weather - cool and nice in the winter, and hot and muggy all summer. It blooms off and on all summer, from about April until we get our first cold front in the winter. (this year it was mid-Nov).

I give it a sprinkle of time release pelleted fertilizer in March, another around the end of May, and other than that just keep it moist when the weather's warm.

Here's the Database entry, lots of good info and pictures here:
Flamingo Flower (Anthurium andraeanum)
Elaine

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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Dec 5, 2014 11:05 PM CST
Wow, you grow it in the ground? Mine stays outside all summer on a covered patio, brought it in when the weather began to get cooler here. Thx for all the info. The nickname given this plant here is little boy plant because it makes one think of a little boy peeing. We have a big laugh about it around these parts. The florists around here are asked to send little boy plants to the funeral home when ppl want to send this plant, as most do not kno it's name.
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Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Dec 6, 2014 6:31 AM CST
LOL, yes it is a comically phallic plant!!! I have an anthurium hybrid named "Flamingo"..it has the pink blooms. I admit, I've neglected it and it just keeps performing. Nice plant. I spritzed it with some foliar orchid spray, very high phosphorous content, and it seemed to approve by blooming profusely. Elaine's suggestions are all great!
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Dec 6, 2014 7:12 AM CST
Thanks so much Elaine & Kate! Thank You! now Kate, I have no orchids, have never had them, kno nothing about them. Where does one get foliar orchid spray? Blinking
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Dec 6, 2014 8:37 AM CST
Any soluble fertilizer can be applied as a foliar spray.
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Dec 6, 2014 8:39 AM CST
Alright! Thx!!!!! Hurray! Thank You!
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