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How to Grow the Flamingo Flower


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The flamingo flower is one of almost 1,000 species of anthuriums. Anthuriums are native to tropical climates like Mexico and Costa Rica. In the United States, the flamingo flower grows better indoors than outdoors due to its intolerance of low temperatures. Keep the flamingo flower out of the reach of children and pets. The flowers and greenery of the flamingo plant are poisonous. Eating any of this plant will cause irritation to the digestive system and mouth.

Difficulty: Moderate

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Watering can
  • Spray bottle
  • Empty container, equal in size to the flamingo plant’s pot
  • 1-2-1 fertilizer
  1. Grow the flamingo flower plant in a soil made up of 100 percent sphagnum peat moss. This will give the flamingo plant the nutrients it needs, and still allow for good drainage.

  2. Place the flamingo flower plant in an area where it will receive indirect or filtered sunlight. Flamingo flower plants left in low-light areas will not bloom. Flamingo flower plants in direct sunlight will burn.

  3. Pour water into the soil, with a watering can, until water runs through the holes in the flower pot. Do not water the plant again until the top of the soil is dry to the touch.

  4. Spray the flamingo flower plant with water, from a spray bottle, once a week. This will remove any dust on the plant or flowers.

  5. Flush the flamingo flower plant’s root ball every six months. Fill a container — about the same size as the flamingo plant’s pot — with water. Pour the water through the plant’s soil. Continue to do this four more times. This will remove any salt buildup from the root area.

  6. Fertilize the flamingo flower plant with a water-soluble 1-2-1 fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer, if needed, with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Pour the fertilizer onto the base of the plant. Do this once every two months.

Tips & Warnings

  • If someone does digest any of this plant, call the Poison Control Center immediately at 1-800-222-1222

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