Houseplants forum→Anthurium & Fittonia care advice please.

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Aphria
Jul 30, 2021 8:27 AM CST
Hi, I haven't owned either of these before...could you please give advice on light requirements and watering please? They're in the original pots.
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Name: Karen
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Jul 30, 2021 12:18 PM CST
They're beautiful plants! Do you have a greenhouse or very humid place to grow them? I've tried both of them as normal house plants, and they both died. Be sure to not let them stand in water after you water them. I'd think bright light would be best for growing them. Good luck with them!
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Aphria
Jul 30, 2021 1:50 PM CST
Thanks a mill, that doesn't sound too hopeful though! I don't have a greenhouse I'm afraid. Perhaps the bathroom would be the best place indoors? It has a South facing window. Anthuriums are widely sold as houseplants here so hopefully it'll be alright!
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Jul 31, 2021 8:48 AM CST
Both your plants can be grown successfully in normal home environments. The Anthurium is hardier and more forgiving of watering lapses than the Fittonia.

The Anthurium is probably potted in a more porous potting mix and can afford to dry out a bit more than the Fittonia that should be watered thoroughly a soon as the top surface of the soil feels dry to your touch.

The Fittonia should be protected from direct sunlight at all times. The Anthurium will do fine with a couple of hours of direct sun each day, but indirect light for most of the day. Close to a south window may expose them to too much sun.
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Ireland (Zone 9a)
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Aphria
Jul 31, 2021 10:06 AM CST
That's great, thanks 😊. I have the fittonia on a North facing window sill at the moment...do you think that will be OK for it? The Anthurium is about 10ft away from a large South facing window...I feel that it's a bit far but can't really move it closer without putting it very close to it. Hopefully they'll be ok👌.
Name: Will Creed
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Aug 1, 2021 9:31 AM CST
The north window for the Fittonia should be fine. Ten feet from the south window is a bit far for the Anthurium, especially if you want it to flower. Very close to a north window might be better than ten feet from the south window. Distance matters!

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