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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Even in the mildest, frost-free climates of coastal Southern California, most anthuriums should be considered house or greenhouse plants, at least during the cooler months. However, there are two species that will grow outdoors in the most protected spots. These are the red-flowering Anthurium scherzerianum and a hardy form or relative of Anthurium hookeri that is grown under the name of Anthurium schlectendahlii. Like many orchids, these are epiphytes that are best grown in containers of orchid mix. Mature plants, however, can be grown in specially prepared beds in the ground.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

    • Protect

        Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

  • February
    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

    • Protect

        Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

  • March
    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

  • April
    • Buy

        For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    • Plant

        Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

    • Transplant

        Repot every other year in fresh orchid mix to avoid soggy soil conditions.

  • May
    • Buy

        For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    • Plant

        Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

    • Transplant

        Repot every other year in fresh orchid mix to avoid soggy soil conditions.

  • June
    • Buy

        For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    • Plant

        Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

  • July
    • Buy

        For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    • Plant

        Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

  • August
    • Buy

        For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    • Plant

        Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

  • September
    • Buy

        For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

    • Plant

        Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

  • October
    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

  • November
    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

    • Protect

        Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

  • December
    • Fertilize

        Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

    • Protect

        Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

            • May

              For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

            • June

              For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

            • July

              For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

            • August

              For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

            • September

              For outdoor growing, buy mature plants from specialty growers, or order plants by mail (the bigger the better).

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

            • May

              Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

            • June

              Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

            • July

              Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

            • August

              Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

            • September

              Plant in containers in porous epiphytic orchid mix, or for larger plants, make a special planting bed of orchid mix. For outdoor growing, plants must be in shade, in a warm spot near the house that is protected from wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • February

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • March

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • April

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • May

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • June

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • July

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • August

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • September

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • October

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • November

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

              • December

                Feed monthly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

              • February

                Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

              • March

                Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

              • April

                Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

              • May

                Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

              • June

                Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

              • July

                Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

              • August

                Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

              • September

                Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

              • October

                Water regularly, spraying the foliage when you do to increase humidity.

              • November

                Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

              • December

                Water regularly, but keep on the dry side when temperatures are cool.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Mulch

                Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Protect

                  When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • January

                    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

                  • February

                    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

                  • November

                    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

                  • December

                    Protect from cold temperatures and frost. Plants can suffer in temperatures below 40 degrees F., especially if roots are overly wet.

                • Pest/Disease Inspection

                  What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • January

                    Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • February

                    Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • March

                    Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • April

                    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • May

                    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • June

                    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • July

                    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • August

                    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • September

                    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • October

                    Inspect for ants and mealybugs. Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • November

                    Watch for snails and slugs.

                  • December

                    Watch for snails and slugs.

                • Treat for Pest/Disease

                  How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • January

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

                  • February

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

                  • March

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

                  • April

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

                  • May

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

                  • June

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

                  • July

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

                  • August

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

                  • September

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

                  • October

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate. If necessary, control ants and mealybugs with a pesticide.

                  • November

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

                  • December

                    Control snails and slugs with iron phosphate.

                • Transplant

                  When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • April

                    Repot every other year in fresh orchid mix to avoid soggy soil conditions.

                  • May

                    Repot every other year in fresh orchid mix to avoid soggy soil conditions.

                • Propagate

                  When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Harvest

                    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • Special requirements

                      Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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