The Oaxaca Anthurium (pronounced wah-haka) is a giant when it comes to Anthuriums. Oaxaca Anthuriums grow 24 to 36 inches tall, have wide, glossy leaves, and dazzling pink to red flowers that bloom throughout the warm season, with individual blooms that can last for up to a month. Oaxaca Anthuriums can be grown in the ground within USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9 to 11, and they make great potted houseplants in any zone.
Oaxaca Anthurium Plants like high shade. The filtered but still bright light provided by tall oak trees or palms creates the ideal environment for these exotic beauties. Plant them in shaded beds for a tropical display. Potted Oaxaca Anthuriums create an island look, whether placed on the corners of a shaded patio, or grown indoors in a bright window. Add the rare Oaxaca Anthurium to your tropical yard or container garden and enjoy the splendor of a most decorative aroid.
Oaxaca Anthurium Plant Care
Oaxaca Anthurium Plants are cold hardy down to 29ºF. They can even be grown in the ground in Zones 9 to 11. Oaxaca Anthuriums must have a well drained location, but they also like plenty of water and rich organic matter. Amend the soil with lava rock gravel to ensure both drainage and the flow of water to the plant roots. Water when the soil surface begins to dry, and never allow the soil to become arid.
Use sterilized, sharp shears to trim off dead leaves and faded, drooping blooms. Remove both old leaves and expired blooms by cutting their stems as close to the main stem as possible. Fertilize once per month with a balanced liquid fertilizer (such as 20-20-20) diluted to 50% strength. In spring and summer alternate monthly feeding between the balanced fertilizer, and a bloom supporting liquid fertilizer.
Oaxaca Anthurium Plant Uses
Oaxaca Anthurium plants are grown for their attractive foliage and impressive blooms. The pink to red “flowers” are actually leaves called spathes. The heart-shaped spathes surround a cone-like spike called a spadix, which is the actual bloom. Oaxaca Anthurium Plants are large, reach two feet tall or higher, and make beautiful bedding plants. Oaxaca Anthurium Plants are also great for growing indoors if kept moist and in a humid location.
Oaxaca Anthuriums can also be planted in pots outdoors in warm climates. A few pots of Oaxaca Anthuriums will lend an exotic tone to your patio, porch, or shady deck. You can also bring potted Oaxaca Anthuriums indoors for the winter. Mist the indoor plants with water daily, and place a wide, shallow pan or potting saucer filled with water near the plants to help add moisture to the air.
Growing the exotic Oaxaca Anthurium Plants in pots is a great way to display their deep green leaves and large red spathes. Use pots with drainage holes and water fully to keep the soil moist. A good soil mixture for Oaxaca Anthurium Plants is one part potting soil, one part orchid mix, and one part one-inch lava rock gravel. If small agregate lava rock gravel is unavailable, you can substitute coarse perlite.
Oaxaca Anthurium Plants can also be grown in hanging baskets. Be sure the hanging pots have drainage holes. Choose a hanging basket that has a pot twice the size of the new plant’s root ball. Plant using the soil mixture described above and leave a one to two inch space at the top of the pot for watering. Hang Oaxaca Anthuriums planted in hanging baskets in a spot that is in mostly shade. You can grow Anthurium Hanging Baskets in a shady spot in the yard, then bring them to a shaded porch to enjoy when the red bloom spathes arrive.
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