Indoor plants

White anthurium

Anthurium White, general information

White Anthurium is an evergreen plant native to the American Subtropical areas, belonging to the Araceae family. Certainly very particular thanks to the shiny dark green heart-shaped leaves and the inflorescence composed of a spathe and a spadix. The spathe gives the color to the flower (the classic red, white, green, orange, pink and purple), the spadix instead resembles a yellow-green panicle and is partially wrapped by the spathe. White Anthurium is certainly a highly sought-after houseplant, thanks also to its characteristics that make it easily cultivable in the home, since it does not require great and particular care.

White anthurium, care


White Anthurium adapts very well to apartment living, it likes positions in dim light but is also able to adapt to direct sun exposure, as long as it is protected during the hottest hours and days. It tolerates temperatures above 25 ° C very well, on the contrary it does not like temperatures below 15 ° C. A high humidity level makes the plant feel “at home”. Absolutely avoid sudden changes in temperature and cold air currents, which the plant does not like. Watering must be regular, especially in the periods of greatest heat, keeping the substratum always humid. In winter, however, it is recommended to let the substrate dry between one watering and the next. Whenever possible, foliar nebulization with warm, non-calcareous water is very useful.

White Anthurium, pruning, propagation and repotting


White Anthurium cannot be pruned, the leaves that gradually dry up or burn and that can cause diseases or parasitic infestations are simply removed. The plant propagates by seed or separation, the latter technique very “dangerous” and to be carried out with the utmost care to avoid damaging the root system (in practice it is a matter of separating two plants and repotting them independently). Repotting White Anthurium is usually done in spring, when the plant requires a larger pot (they are plants that love narrow pots). Use soil consisting mainly of peat and bark pieces. Try to ensure maximum water drainage to avoid annoying water stagnation that can lead to root rot or other diseases.

White Anthurium: White Anthurium, flowering, diseases and pests


The flowering of Anthurium, when grown indoors, usually occurs once a year during the summer. Rarely and with optimal conditions it can bloom all year round. The most common diseases in White Anthurium are mainly caused by excessive exposure to sunlight or irregular watering. Burnt leaves can be due to excessive exposure to sunlight. Yellow leaves, on the other hand, are often caused by too many or on the contrary little watering. Certainly, a soil that favors water drainage is very important to avoid stagnation that would cause the roots to rot or the leaves to turn yellow.The most common pests are scale insects, which cause dark spots or the presence of cotton-like wads on the leaves. In this case, treat the plant with anti-mite products or wipe the affected area with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol. To prevent parasitic attacks it is useful to nebulize the leaves. It is also recommended to clean the leaves from dust or any residues with a damp cloth.

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