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Anthurium scherzerianum has some common insect problems:
Aphids Found on Flowers and Foliage

Anthurium scherzerianum

Phonetic Spelling
an-THUR-ee-um sher-zer-ee-AY-num
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

'Flamingo Flower' is a houseplant with showy red and yellow flowers and attractive green leaves.  It is native to tropical Costa Rica.  

It prefers medium to high light, moist well-drained soil, and low to medium relative humidity. Too little light will cause the plant to bloom less and grow slowly, south or west-facing windows are best. Water when the soil is dry to the touch. High-phosphorus fertilizer will encourage more blooms, as well as pruning away old spent blooms. Wipe down the leaves of indoor plants periodically to remove dust. No serious pest problems.

It cannot perform at its best when grown in heavy soils.  Light and airy soil is required.  In addition to the soil requirement, proper watering is also crucial.  Overwatering, as well as under watering, can lead to root rot or wilt of your plant.  Checking for proper can be as simple as sticking your finger into the soil.  If the soil is moist, don't water.  If the soil contains little moisture, it's time to water.   The more light your plant receives, the more water it will require.

Being a plant that thrives on high humidity, creating a humid environment where it does not exist can benefit the plant.  Humidifiers can achieve high humidity as well as placing the plant in a plastic container with a tight seal.  The greenhouse effect will provide the humidity needed.  

Choosing a container that is not deeper than 5" will aid in preventing root rot.  Ensure that proper drainage is provided by having sufficient drainage holes and using porous containers.  It can be repotted every few years, depending on its growth.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Common insects include aphids, fungus gnats and spider mites.  Overwatering can lead to root rot.

Toxic for pets, particularly cats and dogs.  

Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves.

 

VIDEO Created by Elisabeth Meyer for "Houseplants, Succulents, and Cacti", a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.   

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red Hot'
'Red Hot'
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#houseplant#perennials#pink flowers#red flowers#showy leaves#orange flowers#interiorscape#long-lasting flowers#spadix#herbaceous perennials#humidity tolerant#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#tropical feel#clay soils intolerant#container plant#container#cut flower
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red Hot'
'Red Hot'
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#houseplant#perennials#pink flowers#red flowers#showy leaves#orange flowers#interiorscape#long-lasting flowers#spadix#herbaceous perennials#humidity tolerant#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#tropical feel#clay soils intolerant#container plant#container#cut flower
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Anthurium
    Species:
    scherzerianum
    Family:
    Araceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Container plant
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Costa Rica
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Colorful
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a, 12b, 12a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spadix
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Heart-shaped, colorful spathe and coiled orange spadix. The orange bloom may have red, pink or orange spathes, the sheathing bract that encloses the flower.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Auriculate
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Grown for its showy leaves that are up to 8" long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Humidity
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue, and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting (not horses), difficulty swallowing.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Insoluble calcium oxalates
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Sap/Juice