Houseplant of the month: December - Anthurium

Anthurium is one of the most beloved indoor plants, so it’s no surprise that it is the indoor plant of the month for December. It’s nice to look at, easy to care for and adds a personal touch to your home. The white anthurium creates a serene impression, while the brightly coloured types have a vibrant appearance. Even though the colourful part of the plant is often thought to be the flower, it is actually just the flyleaf. The anthurium flowers are actually very small and are located on the central growth.

Red and white anthuriums are perfect for fresh, contemporary December arrangements. It looks wonderful with some Christmas decorations. Keep the flower pots sleek and modern: use glossy black, silver and gold. Give the plants some space: they thrive when they have room to breathe. The anthurium has thick, lovely roots that can easily be seen in a glass pot or vase. After Christmas, you can bring pastel anthuriums into your home.

Anthurium care

The anthurium loves light, but not full sun. Keep room temperature between 18-22°C: the plant does not like the cold. Never let the root ball dry out, but never leave it soaked in water either. Spraying it regularly mimics the humidity of the tropical rainforest. When it is done blooming, you can prune it with scissors or a knife. Give the Anthurium plant food once every three weeks and it will bloom more richly and for longer.

Origins of the anthurium

The anthurium is native to the tropical rainforests of Colombia, Guatemala and the Brazilian Amazon. In nature, the plant is an epiphyte, which means that it has relatively few roots and grows on trees, but does not get its nutrients from them. There, the plant gets plenty of light, but no bright sunlight, and it is always warm with high humidity.