House Plant Index
||Late winter, early spring
|Potting or re-potting time
||After flowering. Established plants seldom need repotting
|Position in garden during summer
||4 add some sphagnum moss
Brightly colored spathes, which adorn this member of the arum family, is but irregularly seen in window gardens. Yet the plant is strikingly beautiful when in flower, and has attractive foliage when it is not. The narrow, leathery leaves are about 8 inches long and quite variable in shape. Numerous horticultural varieties of A. scherzerianum provide a choice of color in spathes. Some are scarlet; others are rose, yellow, or white. The coiled spadix in each instance is yellow.
Another species, A. andraeanum, has even larger and lovelier flowers of orange-red.
Anthmium should be kept from direct sunrays and generously watered while budding and flowering. Its roots like lots of humus so add some shredded sphagnum moss to the soil in which it is to be potted. Water from the bottom as the flowers spot if moisture collects upon them. A moist atmosphere is also of great benefit in the growing of these tropical aroids.