Houseplant of the Month for December: Anthurium

Red, white or green, and shiny too if you want – for a beautiful modern Christmas. How ‘happy holidays’ can you get?

Classic or funky – Anthurium can do both

Alongside plenty of volume and enthusiasm, Anthurium also offers pure natural design that even a Christmas tree struggles to compete with. It’s available in classic December colours, but if you want something a bit different combine a pink Anthurium with some silver baubles or a salmon Anthurium with gold accents to create an instant festive effect in a very different style.

It’s not what you think

A handy tip to make you an instant Anthurium expert: although most people think the coloured part is the flower, it’s actually a coloured bract. Anthurium’s flowers are very small and are all located on the spike.

Anthurium guide

The tailflower (with the shiny bracts) is available in white, red, pink, lilac, lemon, green, brown and even bicoloured. The flamingo flower is very similar, but has matt coloured bracts. There is also an Anthurium which derives its decorative value primarily from its green foliage. Almost all of them are available in large and small sizes and in compact and loose shapes so that you can use them to create a December mood entirely in your own style.

How to help your Anthurium last till Christmas 2019 (and beyond)

  • Anthurium likes a light spot, but preferably not in full sun.
  • It tends to feel the cold, and prefers the thermostat to be between 18-22°C.
  • Don’t allow the soil to dry out, but also avoid leaving the roots standing in water.
  • A misting from time to time will make Anthurium think it’s back in the tropical rainforest.
  • Wilted flowers can be cut off or pulled out stem and all.
  • Plant food once every three weeks will keep Anthurium blooming.

Botanical Brazilian

Anthurium originates from tropical rainforests of Colombia, Guatemala and the Amazon region of Brazil. The plant grows there as an epiphyte: that means that it grows in and on trees with relatively few roots without drawing nutrients from the tree. The plant gets enough light there but no bright sunlight and is always nice and warm with a high level of humidity. It likes a similar position in your home. If it’s very dry because of central heating, choose an attractive bowl that matches the planter. Pour water into the bowl and place the Anthurium in it, complete with planter. That allows the water to evaporate around the plant and instantly increases the humidity: win-win!

Fancy a flowering bauble?

Red, white and green Anthuriums are perfect for fresh, contemporary festive arrangements. Display them with some Christmas decorations. Keep it sleek and modern: black shiny pots, silver and gold. Give the plant some space: the profusion of stems and flowers looks best if it’s not restricted. Anthurium has attractive thick roots that can be displayed in a glass pot or vase. Small specimens can be wrapped in moss (kokedama) to shine as an alternative bauble on a plate or bowl or under a glass dome.

Houseplant of the Month

Anthurium is the Houseplant for December 2018. ‘Houseplant of the Month’ is an initiative by the Flower Council of Holland. Every month the Flower Council works with representatives of the floriculture sector to choose a plant which is particularly popular with consumers or is not (yet) well-known, but does have the potential to do well in the living room.

Manly Plants: houseplants of the month for June

You need some regular greenery to brighten up your home. The fact that it makes you look good too is a bonus.

Green bromance
Strong shapes, sturdy bush shapes, easy to live with  – these rugged plants definitely meet the testosterone brief. Croton (Codiaeum) offers strong colours, Philodendron looks primaeval and tough, Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria) is virtually maintenance-free, Umbrella tree ( Schefflera) grows alongside you until it’s an indoor tree, and Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum) is a self-sufficient type that, given some water and food, can cover a whole wall for you. There are all robust plants that, like green Steve McQueens, help boost your undoubtedly already irresistible appeal.

Winner’s mentality
Manly plants fit perfectly into the new interiors trend which is all about sporty elements, such as geometric patterns, a sofa in the shape of a rugby ball and kitchen chairs with backs like a racing bicycle’s handlebars. Hence Mother-in-law’s tongue has smooth stripes, Croton, Umbrella tree and Devil’s Ivy  offer energetic patterns, and Philodendron has arrow-shaped leaves (depending on the variety). They all project both action and relaxation, and are sources of energy rather than mood. Keep the base cool: polished steel and pots with a wave or net structure reinforce the look.

Plants in your man cave = sexy
A plant makes your home more lively and lends colour. It provides extra oxygen when you’re feeling breathless, and it helps to reduce stress. It won’t bother you when an attractive lady comes to call, and it’s perfectly happy for you to spend the whole night on your games console. At the same time, the plant demonstrates that you can keep something alive, which will reassure your mother, and women find it incredibly attractive. All reasons to build a green man cave with plants for men. And all that in exchange for just some occasional watering and feeding.

Caring for manly plants

  • Manly plants prefer a light spot, but not in full sun.
  • When it comes to watering, don’t saturate them and don’t let them dry out – you want to be somewhere in between.
  • A splash of plant food in the water once a month would be great.
  • If you want them to grow nice and straight, turn them round every so often.

(Plants for) men of the world
Manly plants are well-integrated citizens of the world. Mother-in-law’s tongue comes from Ethiopia, Philodendron is a tropical visitor that has been a hit in the West since the 17th century. Umbrella tree is an Aussie (g’day, mate!) and Devil’s Ivy  and Croton originate from South-East Asia. They have all been growing and blooming for thousands of years and have been making people’s lives better for a very long time.

Manly plants trivia

  • Devil’s Ivy and Umbrella tree are lucky plants, and bring money and luck to their housemate.
  • Devil’s Ivy’s air-purifying qualities mean that it’s in the Top 10 healthy plants.
  • Croton’s strong markings symbolise power and libido.
  • In the language of plants, Sansevieria (Mother-in-law’s tongue) represents a long life and good health.
  • Sansevieria boosts the humidity in your home so that you are less likely to be bothered by itchy eyes or a dry throat.

Houseplant of the month
Manly plants are the houseplants for June 2017. The ‘Houseplant of the Month’ is an initiative from the Flower Council of Holland. Every month the Flower Council works with representatives of the floriculture sector to choose a plant which is particularly popular with consumers or is not (yet) well-known, but does have the potential to do well in the living room.

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