Taking another look at this beautiful lady
Another name for the anthurium plant is called the Lady Jane, this is one Lady that is sure to get you excited with her beauty. The flowers of this plant come in many beautiful colours which can lighten up any area. I have worked with anthuriums over the years and have taken delight in bringing much-needed flavour to garden projects which gave that WOW.
The Lady Jane description
What I also love about this Lady is the charm that she brings with her beautiful glossy flowers and thick shiny leaves. The five-star resort where I was employed many years ago had both my team along with self-installed many of these plants throughout their garden areas including the interior.
A plant that stands alone
The Lady Jane is a lady that has so much charm that she can stand all by herself and look just as radiant as ever. I have installed and use these plants as a specimen plant although she can be planted in masses. So with this lady, you get the best of both worlds and I am sure you won’t mine a lady like that in your life which will just light up your life bringing much flavour and style.
With that said how do we grow and care for a lady such as this, you have come to the right place. Look no further as we take a closer look at how to grow, care for and keep this lady looking as charming as ever.
Here is what you will need to know to keep your lady looking radiant.
- Soil Type
- Watering Methods
- Fertilizing Methods
- Garden insect pest
- Plant Disease
Planting anthuriums outdoors
Although anthuriums are a tropical plant these garden beauties will not tolerate direct sunlight light. It is best to install your ladies in an area that gets bright indirect sunlight.
The preferred soil for anthuriums is a soil that is rich and has good drainage. This type of soil is important to hold the required water but will allow excess water to do drain through, also for proper air circulation.
Anthuriums don’t like wet feet so it is important that you monitor how much water you are giving your plant. It is best to allow the soil to dry between watering and then water again. Ensure that the soil stays somewhat moist.
When it comes to fertilizing these garden babies it is good to use a fertilizer that is water soluble or quick release. The fertilizer that we used to keep our anthurium growing and looking their best was triple twenty water soluble. When using fertilizers read and follow the manufactures label because the label is the law.
Garden insect pest
As dazzling as this lady may be anthuriums has its share of insect pests which will seek to cause your lady to lose her charm. The insects which are responsible for this are.
- Spider Mites
These garden insect pests-cause damage by sucking the plant’s sap and secreting a sugary substance that is known as honeydew. This honeydew is sticky and causes molds to form on the leaves of your plant known as sooty mold which can have your garden plants looking sickly and can also interfere with photosynthesis which is the process by which a plant manufactures its food.
The use of insecticidal soap sprays has proven to give good results. Before using these soap sprays read and follow the manufactures label because the label is the law.
The lady Jane faces a few issues when it comes to plant disease but the good news is with some knowledge you can help your lady to bounce back or you can groom her in such a way to keep her growing healthy and happy, however, here are the diseases which seek to attack your lady.
- Root Rot
- Powdery Mildew
- Leaf Spot
To avoid root rot it is important that you install anthuriums in a rich soil that is well-drained, also avoid over watering your plant. Follow the steps for watering as mentioned above and your lady will not fall to root rot and if by chance she dose then applying a fungicide will offer some help.
Powdery mildew is a white substance that forms on the leaves of garden plants. To bring this disease under control applying neem oil may help, also if you are grouping anthurium in a garden bed give sufficient spacing for air circulation, remove infected plant parts and dispose of also applying organic fungicide may offer some help.
The plant’s leaves develop brown or yellow spots which are tiny and irregular. As the disease progress, these spots covers the entire leaves and also darkens in colour. To avoid this disease do not water plants late in the evening because if the plant doesn’t have sufficient time to dry before night sets in encourages this disease.
As was discussed earlier, planting in well-drained soil is an added benefit for your plant. Remove infected plant parts and dispose of, a copper-based fungicide may also offer some help. A good rule to follow when purchasing your plant, ensure that the plant is healthy too often many garden plants which are purchase is sickly which means you will not only be purchasing a plant but a plant that is sickly so take note.
A sign that your anthurium is getting to much water is yellowing and browning of the leaves which is a sign of rot root, removing infected plant parts, also changing the diseased soil to fresh healthy soil and treating with a fungicide will offer much help. Ensure that your plant is getting the right amount of fertilizer to help in controlling leaf spot and lastly remember what we discussed earlier that the leaves of anthuriums will get damaged from direct light so if your plant is located in direct light remove it and place in an area that is well lite without that direct light.
Growing anthuriums in containers
Another method of gardening successfully with anthuriums is with the help of containers, what I love about container gardenings is that your garden plants can be moved around from unfavourable condition so they can be protected. When growing anthuriums in containers the soil type should be the same as with planting outdoors. The containers should have drain holes to allow excess water to drain through also fertilize as directed above.
Growing anthuriums indoors
Anthuriums that are installed on the inside should be placed in an area which gets indirect light. If your plant is exposed to direct light there is a chance that the foliage ( leaves) will be burnt, I have seen this happened a few times before. The leaves of the anthurium have a natural shine. Applying warm soapy water to a soft cloth and gently cleaning the leaves of your lady will help her to keep her glow.
The container should have drain holes for excess water to escape, fertilizing your plant with a water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season is sufficient. Containers should also have a saucer to catch the water. The saucer should also be emptied of this water.
What I want to touch on here not to discourage you is that anthuriums have been known to cause poisoning if the leaves and the sap are chewed and swallowed. Anthurium is said to contain crystals, it is these calcium oxalates crystals that are responsible for this so if you are planning on making this lady a part of your life ensure that they are out of reach of children and pets.
The final word
The lady Jane can surely rock your world with her beauty. This plant, in my opinion, is what I call a show stopper and can be installed both out and indoors giving you amazing results so if you are looking for a lady to brighten up your world then the anthurium is here to serve you as you’re dazzled by her beauty and charm so go ahead and give this lady a chance as she displays and shines so radiantly.