On the Mothers Day edition of plant of the week, you may remember the beautiful anthurium. This plant is so wonderful, I decided that it deserves its very own plant of the week! Native to South America, the anthurium is a genus of over 1000 flowering plants, the largest genus of the Arum family. The heart shaped flower is actually a spathe (a waxy, modified leaf) flaring out from a fleshy spike where the real, tiny flowers grow.
While anthuriums can tolerate all levels of indirect light, they will do better in levels of high, indirect light. Placing them in direct light can lead to the leaves and flowers burning. Anthuriums do not like continually moist soil, so it is essential that they be placed in a well draining potting medium. Only water when the soil is dry to the touch, as they are susceptible to root rot.