The Pink Anthurium is also known as the Pink Flamingo Plant. It is a stunning plant because of its pink flowers. However, there are many varieties of pink anthuriums around.
Therefore, you can choose which one you like the most based on its looks and shade of pink it comes with. Some of the better known pink anthurium varieties include:
- Anthurium Pink Champion
- Anthurium Pink Explosion
- Anthurium andraeanum Pink (or Pink Anthurium andraeanum)
- Anthurium Diamond Pink
- Royal Pink Anthurium
While they may look different and have some distinctive qualities, caring for them is the same. And it is quite easy.
How to do you care for Pink Anthurium? Give the plant bright, indirect light. This is very important for the plant to maintain its beautiful pink color.
It is a tropical plant so it prefers warm, humid conditions. Also, avoid overwatering and allow the soil to dry between waterings. Use well-draining soil as well.
Pink Anthurium Plant Care
The Pink Anthurium requires bright, indirect light for optimal growth. Although, it will not mind medium or low light as long as it is indirect, filtered, dapped or diffused.
That said, the more light it gets the faster you will see the plant grow. Additionally, this will allow it produce more leaves and increasing its blooming potential.
However, it is important to be aware that too much light is not good. In fact, it can be harmful to the plant.
That’s because excess light, including direct sunlight, keeping the grow lights too near the plant or leaving it out full sun not only will cause leaf discoloration, it can scorch the leaves.
With the latter, you’ll see brown burn marks on your plant’s foliage.
As such, avoid very strong, intense light since the plant can only tolerate a small amount of this on a daily basis.
Finally, to allow the plant to get as much indirect light as it needs, it is good practice to regularly clean the Pink Anthurium’s wide leaves.
You can use a damp cloth and wipe the leaves to remove the dust.
The Pink Anthurium is a tropical plant. This means that it comes from regions that are near the equator. As a result, it is used to warm to hot weather all year round.
Countries located in this part of the work have sunshine 365 days a year. And summers are hot while winters are slightly cooler but still very warm in general.
In fact, they do not experience frost, snow or freezing temperatures. Instead, the climate stays very far away from anything cold.
This is why the Pink Anthurium prefers temperatures of 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
It also does not have any issues with hotter weather that can reach 90 degrees.
However, it has a low tolerance for the cold. And it is best to keep It away from anything below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Below this level, it will struggle and you’ll notice its growth slow down.
The longer it stays or the further down the temperature drops, the more problems it will face until it it experiences cold injury and its leaves start falling off.
Thus, avoid cold areas in your homes including rooms with air conditioning or cold drafts coming in from outside.
Also, don’t leave the plant outdoors during the latter part of the year if you have cold winters. It will not survive there through the spring.
The Pink Anthurium enjoys moderate to high humidity. It prefers humidity of 70% to 80%. And this is where it is not only happiest it also grows fastest in this condition.
That said, it will tolerate humidity of 50% without harm.
Therefore, you may or may not need to increase air moisture around the plant depending on where you live.
Some cities have higher or lower humidity depending on its make up and surroundings. For example, dessert areas have the lowest humidity.
This is why Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico are the 3 states with the lowest humidity in the U.S.
On the other hand, coastal states like California have good humidity. Therefore, if you live there, you likely won’t need to do anything extra in terms of humidity as it is will be happy with the relative humidity in that region.
Note that indoor humidity is often different from the humidity outside your home. This depends on your house’s construction.
And different rooms also have different levels of air moisture.
For example, the bathroom and the kitchen often have the highest humidity because we use a lot of water there on a daily basis.
If you’re not sure what the humidity is indoors, you can get a hygrometer. This will tell you what the humidity level at any time is. And you can easily carry it from room to room to check the difference.
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How Often to Water Pink Anthurium
The needs moderate watering. On average, this comes out to once every week.
But because how often you water the plant ultimately depends on where you live, the weather, time of year, amount of light it gets and many other factors, I prefer to see what the plant is telling me.
That’s because the same plants will grow at different rates depending on where they live and who is taking care of them.
As such, I prefer to check the soil each time before I add any water.
If you’re the type who likes to water more often than not, wait until at least the top 2 inches of soil feels dry to the touch before you water again.
If you don’t mind waiting a little longer or have a busy schedule, I’ve found it is better to wait until 50% of the soil (from the top) has dried before you add more water.
To check this, I just stick a wooden chopstick into the soil all the way down until its tip reached the bottom of the pot. Then take the chopstick out.
You’ll see a wet area in the wood which will tell you until where the moisture in the soil is.
Once it gets close or reaches around halfway down the soil, it is time to water.
Pink Anthurium Potting Soil
The Pink Anthurium needs well-draining soil that is loose can fertile. Its ideal soil pH is between 5.5 and 6.5.
Good drainage is important because it will prevent overwatering and waterlogging. Both are threats to houseplants including the Pink Anthurium.
You can use equal parts of:
- Pine bark
The peat allows the potting mix to hold on to moisture which helps keep the plant hydrated. Perlie and pine bark improve drainage. Additionally, the pine bark adds additional chunk which not only helps with drainage but also provides for better aeration so the roots gen enough oxygen.
This combination assures that the plant gets the moisture it needs to stay healthy. But it also makes sure that there isn’t too much water such that the roots find themselves drowning in liquid.
Instead, the potting mix will quickly drain out excess moisture.
In addition to good soil drainage, don’t forget to select a pot with holes as well.
The drainage holes at the bottom of the pot will allow the excess liquid from the soil drip out of the container.
Because the main attraction of the Pink Anthurium are its pink flowers, it is a good idea to use a high phosphorus fertilizer to feed the plant.
Thus, I like to go with a product with a higher middle number in the N-P-K in the product’s label. This helps promote flowering which will aid in blooming.
When fertilizing your Pink Anthurium, use a water-soluble fertilizer. And dilute it to half strength. You can feed the plant every 4-6 weeks depending on how fast it is growing.
However, make sure not to apply more than what the instructions suggest.
That’s because commercial fertilizer mixes contain salt which becomes toxic to plants when a lot of it builds up in the soil. This will eventually damage the roots.
Therefore, it is good practical to flush the soil every 2 months or so to remove the salts from the soil.
Flowers / Blooms
Pink Anthuriums will vary depending on the variety you get. As such, their colors, the hues, shades and how much of the flower is pink will differ per variety.
Similarly, the looks of the plant will also be different based on the variety you get.
However, these are very similar in the way they grow and how you care for them.
The best thing about Pink Anthuriums is that they flower all year round. And they will usually do so in 3 month intervals.
Thus, you’ll see the plant bloom a few times a year if you keep it healthy and give it the conditions which encourage it to bloom.
What’s also great, is the blooms last for quite a while. So you can enjoy them.
And with proper care, the plant will live for many years so you can enjoy the pink flowers at home for a very long time.
When it comes to encouraging your Pink Anthurium to flower, light is very important.
It needs bright, indirect light.
And this is the most important thing to pay attention to.
Another thing you can do to help it bloom is to give it high humidity. Of course, don’t overwater the plant.
Finally, use a high phosphorus fertilizer which will help with promoting blooms.
The Pink Anthurium will not grow into a large plant. It generally reaches between 12-18 inches high.
Thus, there’s no need to limit its size or width.
Additionally, it primarily consists of its leaves and flowers. As, such, it does not require much pruning unless you want to trim the leaves once in a while.
Of course, you do need to remove dead or dying leaves as well as those that are discolored.
But in general, pruning is a low maintenance task for this Anthurium plant.
How to Propagate Pink Anthurium
There are many ways to proapgte Pink Anthurium. These include:
- From stem cuttings
- From offsets
- From seeds
The most common method used by houseplant owners is stem cuttings because it simple and straightforward. It also has good success rates.
Note that some Anthurium varieties may not work well with stem cuttings. For those, division would be more ideal.
In any case, here’s how to propagate Pink Anthurium from stem cuttings.
- Take a healthy stem cutting. You’re looking for a cutting that s at least 6 inches long with at least one node and 2-3 leaves or more.
- Make sure you get a healthy stem. And that the plant is currently healthy.
- Cut just below the node and dip the end into rooting hormone.
- Fill a pot with fresh, well-draining potting soil.
- Then plant the cutting such that the node is buried under the soil. Remove any leaves that end up in the soil but leave the upper foliage intact.
- Water the soil until moist. Avoid overwatering.
- Place the cutting in bright, indirect light and good humidity.
- It will take about 4 or so weeks for the cuttings to develop enough roots at set a bit of a foundation in the soil.
How to Repot or Transplant Pink Anthurium
The Pink Anthurium will need repotting every 2-3 years. Note that this is just a guideline. And it can fall anywhere within this period.
Sometimes it can happen before or after as well.
That’s because how often you need repot will depend on how fast the plant grows.
And a plant’s growth rate will depend on how much light it gets, humidity, temperature, water and fertilizer. Thus it can vary significantly from household to household.
Therefore, I prefer to check the bottom of the plant to see if there are roots coming out from the draining holes.
Once you see quite a few of them appearing, it is time to repot.
You don’t need to repot before then since the plant does not like being moved.
The best time to repot the plant is during spring to early summer.
Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs
Yes, the Pink Anthurium contains calcium oxalate crystals which is toxic when ingested. This is true for people, cats and dogs. But it is harmless when the plant is intact.
Therefore, you can hold and touch the plant without any risk.
Ingestion can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from pain, irritation, excess drooling to vomiting.
Problems & Troubleshooting
The Pink Anthurium is prone to mealybugs, spider mites and aphids when it is unhealthy, sick or stressed. Therefore, it is important to keep the plant in good shape to avoid pest problems.
Additionally cleaning its leaves also help keep the bugs away as they are attracted to dust.
If you do spot any insects, make sure to take action immediately.
Don’t wait because these pests multiple very quickly
And as their number grows, the cause more damage and take longer to resolve.
Use neem oil or insecticidal soap to get rid of the pests.
Root rot is he most serious thing to look out for with your Pink Anthurium.
Since root rot is caused by overwatering, it is important not to water your plant until the soil has dried up the certain levels.
Additionally, use well-draining soil to avoid waterlogging. And choose a pot with drainage as well.
Bacterial infections like blight and wilt can happen as well.
Again, excess moisture is the culprit. So, keep the plant on the dry side and make sure it gets sufficient light and air circulation so any excess water can quickly dry.