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Watering of Anthurium


Question: Watering of Anthurium


Every how many days the apartment flower is watered:
anturium, the direct sun hurts?

Answer: Watering of Anthurium


Dear Annalisa
anthuriums are plants widespread in nature in Central America; in Italy we grow them as apartment plants, because they don't like temperatures below 10 ° C. In the apartment they survive well, because they do not need large amounts of sunlight; they fear the direct sun as it can burn the leaves.
In nature they are plants that grow in the undergrowth, constantly shaded by other taller plants, so even at home we keep them even in bright areas, but without direct sun; however, consider that they can survive even in complete shade, even if long months in areas with poor lighting tend to decrease the number of flowers produced, and give rise to plants that are also very beautiful and healthy, but made up of all leaves.
Anthuriums can withstand short periods of drought, which generally do not kill the plant or even ruin it, but prefer a humid climate; unfortunately in the apartment the air is often very dry, therefore, to compensate for this, anthuriums are grown in large saucers, or cache-pots, where a beautiful high layer of expanded clay is placed, on which the vase rests; at the bottom of the saucer a few centimeters of water is constantly kept, which will evaporate and increase the environmental humidity.
Watering must be regular, so as to keep the soil always moist and fresh, but not completely saturated with water, or risk damaging fungal diseases. In the winter months the waterings can be sporadic, just to have a not dry soil, but not even wet; in spring, with increasing temperatures the waterings increase, supplying them every 5-7 days, and with the arrival of the summer heat it is watered every two or three days. Clear that the plant's water needs change a lot during the seasons, especially if you move it to the terrace in summer.
Therefore, consider that between two waterings the soil will have to dry slightly; then before watering check with your fingers: if you feel the dry earth watering; if instead it is fresh and moist, it refers to the following day. From March to October, every 12-15 days, a small dose of fertilizer for flowering plants is mixed with the irrigating water, which will stimulate the production of new colored inflorescences. In the autumn, every two or three years, replace the vase, choosing a slightly larger one, and filling it with an excellent soil for indoor plants.