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The House Plant (Anthurium andreanum)

Does being a good gardener mean you will be successful at indoor gardening too? I think in my case “enthusiastic” is a better description than “good”, but the question is the same. Can I be good at both? I know I don’t have the same enthusiasm for indoor plants that I have for outdoor plants. I find the plants in my garden extremely forgiving – if they are happy in their allotted spaces then occasionally forgetting to feed them or even skipping the odd scheduled watering, doesn’t seem to do them any harm. The occasional sad-looking plant will perk up again after getting a little attention be it a pruning, mulching or feeding after which it will soon reward me with lovely growth and blooms.

Not so the indoor plants. My track record is bad. In the last year alone I’ve managed to kill two orchids. In my defense, I did not buy the orchids. They were gifts. There should be a warning on my front door – “She kills house plants” or perhaps, “Houseplants enter at your own risk”.  I can actually picture it, right below the “Beware of the dog” sign.

New house plant

In my lifetime I’ve successfully nurtured only two house plants. One was a ‘delicious monster’ – it grew so massively big that I eventually had to give it away as it was taking over the entire living room in the small apartment I lived in some 20 odd years ago. The other was a tiny “love palm” that was given to me when my daughter was born. I semi-killed it a few times but for sentimental reasons I always tried to revive it and over the years it was even re-potted a few times. Due to neglect it stayed pretty small and finally moved to this house with us where it was stuck in a corner and forgotten about apart from the odd watering.

When Dexter (the dog!) arrived to live with us just over four years ago he, the rambunctious puppy that he was, very quickly found the little potted palm and decided it was a great thing to push-off its table and fling round … once too often and I took the poor unfortunate plant outside and planted it under the pepper tree where Dexter had no further interest in it. There was another already growing there. Both got cut to the ground two years ago when we redid the garden and now, amazingly, its grown very well out there.

[one_third]Potted into a Portmeirion potI've potted it into a Portmeirion pot[/one_third]

[one_third]Different, exquisite flowersDifferent, exquisite flowers[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Beautiful, glossy leavesBeautiful, glossy leaves[/one_third_last]

Last week an Anthurium andreanum called out to me while I was browsing at the local nursery. I took it home, thinking that if the little love palm survived and thrived out back, surely this pretty plant would do quite well there. I googled “Anthurium andreanum” when I got home and stumbled on this post – Hooker with a Heart of Gold (Anthurium andreanum). It tells the story about how the writer in his time as a salesman at his local nursery had no problem selling these plants – 5 out of every 6 people would leave the nursery with one in hand … I thought the story was quite amusing and makes perfect sense to me. It’s hard to resist them. I didn’t even think about it – I saw it, placed it in trolley, paid, took it home. There was little thought behind this. It just happened.

But House Plant it is. Even in my wonderful climate I don’t think this one will make it outside. So I’m giving indoor gardening another try …

Exquisite Anthurium andraeanum

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

15 replies on “The House Plant (Anthurium andreanum)”

I love gardening! The Anthuriums in this photo did bloom beautifully. I was hoping to grow this plant near Austin downtown condos, and I hope the result would be as good as those featured Anthuriums. Thank you for sharing this Christine.

I love anthurium, but can only keep it outside. I am an indoor plant killer as well :o}
so, those lovely anthuriums get smaller and smaller over the years, to finally dwindle away to nothingness *sigh* but your pink one is truly eye candy!! I hope it will do fine for you 🙂

Hi Chris – I struggle with the same thing. I was never a good indoor plant gardener and I still don’t have indoor plants, even though I do love bringing in flowers from the garden. That plant is a beauty though, so I hope it delights! 🙂

I struggle to be interested in houseplants and I know that applies to lots of other gardeners. I wonder if we are so busy looking outwards at the garden that we forget to notice plants indoors. I have 4 houseplants (I think), the obligatory spider plant, a sad orchid, a Ficus which is very forgiving and some other plant that I dont know what it is but its hung on in there for some years now

I am not much good at growing houseplants either. In a month or so, I’ll be able to move mine out to the screened porch where they can get some fresh air though I still have to remember to water.

Oh, yes. I can see why it would be hard to leave that beauty behind in the store. Alas, I haven’t had much luck with houseplants in recent years, either. I blame it on the cats, as I’ve mentioned in some of my posts. Terrariums are a great alternative though. Mine is still going strong. My Orchid isn’t looking so great, but it’s still alive. Cross your fingers, please. And good look with the Anthurium–it’s stunning!

Good for you for giving it another go. It’s funny how people assume that because you’re a gardener that you’ll have a green thumb with indoor plants. I’m not nearly as successful with indoor plants…maybe because there is no rain or irrigation! Your photos are beautiful.

I am so lucky to be living where i can grow antirrhinums in the garden – that is a lovely pink flower though. I know people that grow them in pots here and they often have burnt leaves. I think the trick is to make sure they are always moist – they like the leaves sprayed too!

I am a horrible houseplant gardener, but I might have been persuaded to purchase that plant, too. Very pretty. Love that color! I hope your plant is happy in your home.

Christine that is a stunner and I would even have to have it…I am OK with houseplants…I give them indirect light, little water or fertilizer and they do OK. I used to only do houseplants when I had no garden and they thrived…oh well…I do put a few of mine out for the summer and they love it…I may actually put them all out on the patio where they get lots of morning sun and PM shade. Good luck!

Not at all Diana – the way you see it is exactly how it was when I bought it. All I’ve done is stick it in the pot, watered it once, that’s it. Must’ve been the shiny leaves that hypnotised me into buying …

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