This type of flower is becoming increasingly popular with customers. This is an ideal plant to give as a gift or buy for your own home. When seeing the Dutch auctions figures, consumers seem to appreciate the new variety.
Even if the Anthurium Baby Boomer was introduced in August 2006 it was in April 2007 that was on the market for sale. Throughout the 2007 over 40,000 specimens were sold. In 2008 the number was doubled to reach 100,000 units. So far the plant has not yet managed to occupy a place in the top ten most popular varieties, but it is expected in a few years to reach the peak due to the rapid growth, to the beautiful flowers and for its long lasting flowers.
The Anthurium belongs to the family, Araceae. Anthurium is also known as the “Flamingo Flower”, referring to the structure of the spadix.
There are two important species: Anthurium andreanum and Anthurium scherzerianum.
The first group often has a heart-shaped orange, red, pink, brown, white or bicolor spathe and a white spadix. The stems are long and with shiny leaves. The second group has a curly red or orange spadix, a round spathe, and is short stemmed with opaque leaves. The assortment of Anthurium andreanum is in constant change; especially in regards of the shape, compactness of the plants and flower colours. Particular attention is given buy the companies regarding resistance and production of flowers in winter. It is very important that the flowers snack on the leaves and that the leaves are compact. They are also trying to create plants with new special colours such as brown, black or purple and also in new forms.
Even if supplies at the auction of Anthurium scherzerianum are limited, breeders are working hard to create new colours such as purple and pink along with the existing white, red and speckled cultivars. Breeders’ criteria also include that the leaves are compact and the flowers snack on them. Additionally the flowers should be robust, without the need for support sticks.
Tips for care
• Always store the Anthurium at 15 degrees Celsius.
• During transport the plant should be wrapped.
• Avoid draughts, cold and unsteadiness temperature.
In the shop:
• Remove the wrapping and put the plant in a shaded place and avoid direct sunlight.
• Check that the room temperature is tolerable.
• This plant is very susceptible to cold and draughts.
• Use room temperature water, if possible rainwater and water the plant from below so the leaves doesn’t get wet.
• When sold, wrap the plants well so they do not get damaged with the cold.
• But the plant in a shaded place.
• Keep the soil moderately moist.
• The plant can go outdoors in summer.
• Always remove dead flowers.
• It is important that it is repotted every two years.