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A tropical beauty from the heart of Central and South America, the Anthurium hybrid Shibori (otherwise known as the Flamingo Flower) is at home in the tropical and subtropical climates of USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11. If given the right conditions and care, it will reward you with its showy and variegated flowers. A stunning sight of pink, off-white and white, the flowers can also come in an unusually colored mix of red, crimson and vinous.
Anthurium hybrid Shibori is named for its unusual foliage. Despite preferring to grow in light shade, it is a very fast-growing plant that can spread out to 2 feet and become a low-growing shrub of up to 5 feet tall. It is a great option for gardeners who are looking for a fast-growing groundcover and ornamental shrub.
The key to success with Anthurium hybrid Shibori is meeting its need for humidity and regular water. While it is a relatively tough plant, it will struggle in temperatures below 55F and should be brought indoors if the temperature drops that low. It can be potted up and moved indoors in cold regions, but it must be watered regularly to maintain its health.
With a little extra care, Anthurium hybrid Shibori is an attractive and unusual addition to any garden and a conversation piece, with its stunning variegated blooms and luscious foliage.
There are hundreds of species of this genus, all members of the Araceae family. The majority are fairly nondescript and a few are grown for their handsome foliage. There are only two species which are generally grown for their flowers, Anthurium andraeanum and Anthurium scherzerianum. Both types are basically epiphytic and grown best in a mix of bark, perlite and fern fiber such as that used in orchids or bromeliads. They will grow in soil but rarely perform well in that medium. Anthurium andraeanum is the florist anthurium, a plant with red, white or pink spatches which have an artificial, plastic-like look. Give a moderately high light intensity but avoid direct sunlight during the spring and summer months when the sun is most intense. A high humidity is essential as is warm temperature, 70-75 days, 65 minimum at night. The potting mixture should be kept moist, but not soggy during the spring- summer period and allowed to dry slightly between waterings from late fall through winter. A feeding of weak manure water and a fish emulsion may be given every two weeks from late winter to mid summer.
Both species have a tendency to grow up out of the pot. The exposed aerial roots should be wrapped in moist sphagnum.
When the plant is eight inches or higher out of the pot it may be cut off at the base and repotted in fresh potting mixture. Plants will occasionally split and form pups. These can be divided when large enough. Plants are also propagated by stem cuttings and seed, both of which are extremely difficult without greenhouse facilities.
Real Hawaiian lava rock is hand selected to provide a happy home for Anthurium. With reasonable care your volcano bonsai should last for years. Place in a bright window or on a countertop without direct sun and just keep a small amount of water in the saucer/tray provided. Requires consistently moist soil.
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Epiphyte, stems less than 10cm long, 1.5cm diam.; roots moderately slender; leaf are 1.7cm wide; cataphylls coriaceous, 3-6cm long, acuminate at apex, drying brown, persisting as fibers. Leaves erect to spreading; petioles 11-17 cm long, to 5mm diam., subterete to sharply sulcate; blades narrowly elliptic-lanceolate to narrowly oblanceolate, 19-55cm long, 8-9 cm wide, broadest at middle, acuminate at apex, narrowly rounded at base; upper surface matte, lower surface paler and matte with reddish-brown glandular punctations; midrib convexly raised below.
Erect inflorescence of pale yellow-green spathe with red tinged margins on some clones. Spadix color is white. Berries are red with pointed apex.
This species is one of the most popular.The species is known from Guatemala to Colombia in wetter parts of tropical moist, premontane wet, and tropical wet forest at elevations from sea level to 660 m. In Panama, the species ranges to 1,000 m elevation.
It is a herbaceous plant with a rosette growth form.
Its leaves are large, ovate to lanceolate, dark-green with a tint of reddish-black. The dark color maintained providing bright light; if grown in shade, leaves turn towards dark-green with a tint of reddish-black, but turn back to black with bright light. Inflorescence is consisted of brown spadix and dark-brown spathe.
Anthurium clarinervium is probably endemic to Mexico, known only from areas with limestone outcrops between the Río Grijalva and Río de la Venta, north of Ocozocoautia de Espinosa, Chiapas, at 800 to 1,200 m elevation. A beautiful species of Anthurium grown for it's amazing foliage. Stiff, heart shaped leaves are a deep velvety green with dramatic white veins. Likes low to medium light levels and prefers higher humidity.
Anthurium crenatum (Scalloped Laceleaf) is a small plant, most often growing 2 to 5 feet tall. It has beautiful scalloped leaves that can reach up to 12 inches in length. The foliage is leathery, pliable, and variations of green. It is popular as a groundcover as well as a low-growing plant, as it generally remains under 2 feet tall.
This epiphyte will thrive in bright shade to semi-shade environments. A moderate amount of water is recommended, as this species does not tolerate drought conditions. When growing this species in colder regions, be sure to keep the plant in a pot and bring indoors for the winter if temperatures dip too low.
Anthurium crenatum is an excellent ornamental plant. Its beautiful foliage and ease of care make it popular in many tropical gardens and as a houseplant. Due to its ornamental foliage, it is also often used as a cut flower. It is hardy in USDA zones 9-11. With proper care, this Anthurium species is a wonderful addition to any collection.
This anthurium has dramatic white or light green veins contrasting with dark green foliage. Flower spathes are light green with a reddish tinge. Likes partial shade or light shade. In winter, temperatures of not less than 65 degrees Fahrenheit are preferred. Likes a warm and humid atmosphere, so misting is beneficial. Reduce watering in the winter.
An attractive species with slender leaves and a graceful semi-pendant spike of vivid red berries. Slender, deep green leather leaves form a loose upright rosette about 18in tall. An interesting species that in nature has a close relationship with ants. According to Benzing, the seeds resemble the pupae of ants, and are collected by arboreal ant species and placed in the nest where they germinate. Self pollinating, and fruits regularly. Beautiful strings of red seeds hang from the plant most of the year. Grows in shade.