Main characteristics of white anthurium
The white anthurium arrived in the European continent a few decades ago directly from the rainforests of Latin America. It belongs to the numerous Araceae family and is a herbaceous plant. There are over five hundred varieties, appreciated for the elegance of the flowers called spates and the brightness of the leaves. What are commonly called flowers are inflorescences comparable to those of calla lilies: they have a central spadix wrapped in a shiny heart-shaped bract. The plant has a bushy appearance that rarely exceeds fifty centimeters in diameter. Nurseries have numerous hybrid varieties to choose from. The inflorescences are also marketed as cut flowers since once detached from the mother plant, they have a long life.
Anthurium in the house
White anthurium does not withstand average temperatures below 10 ° C. It is best to place it away from cold currents inside an apartment. Place the plant in a sunny area but out of the reach of direct sunlight. In order for it to stay healthy, perform periodic spaced watering. Before watering, check the soil to make sure it is completely dry. The roots fear water stagnation and excessive humidity could seriously compromise them. Damaged leaves and withered flowers must be removed to prevent them from absorbing precious energy. If you notice the presence of many yellowing leaves, it means that it has been watered excessively or that it needs to be properly fertilized.
Periodic treatments to be performed
To get a white anthurium luxuriant and free from defects, it is advisable to repot it every two years. Choose a larger pot than the previous one and add some mature stable manure to the soft soil to allow the plant to grow better. To obtain a more water-permeable soil, add pozzolan or, alternatively, pumice stone. In nature they do not root in the ground but sink their roots in decomposed plant remains like orchids. For this reason it is possible to use the soil that is commonly purchased to make orchids thrive in agricultural consortia. The plants must be buried up to the collar and then watered with a little water in order to compact the soil around the roots and facilitate their taking root.
White Anthurium: Temperatures and exposure
Wild anthurium species live in the equatorial belt and are part of the vegetation found in rainforests. They are particularly sensitive to cold and with temperatures that drop below 13 ° C they begin to have various problems risking to perish quickly. The perfect temperature for beautiful blooms is around eighteen degrees. Thermal changes are particularly harmful and risk making the plant suffer with unpleasant consequences. As for sun exposure, it is best to keep them in a bright place but away from direct sunlight. To recreate a suitable environment, you can screen the window panes with light-colored curtains. This way they will receive the right amount of light at all hours of the day.