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How to Grow and Care for your Flamingo Flower Plant

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How to Grow and Care for your Flamingo Flower Plant

What is a Flamingo Flower Plant?

This spectacular tropical is native to the South American regions and produces shiny, dark green, heart-shaped leaves. They are complemented with a continuous display of bright waxy, red heart-shaped spathes with yellow spadices. On average, the flower lasts two to three months. In their native rain forest environment, these indoor plants flourish best near indirect, high light sources such as a southern exposure. They need this amount of light to produce blossoms. While this medium care plant requires a bit more attention, the overall rewards are worth the effort.

Bloom

Bright waxy, red heart-shaped spathes with yellow spadices delight the overall display of this indoor plant. Some choose to snip off the central yellow flower to prolong the life of the red spathe. This also avoids the pollen that might fall on floors and tabletops.

Toxicity Level

Keep away from pets because all parts of the plant are poisonous. If broken open, the plant will ooze a milky sap. This sap contains a toxin called calcium oxalate. Calcium oxalate is found in tiny crystals, which, when coming in contact with skin, cause itching, and burning. The plant’s sap also contains proteolytic enzymes that can produce histamines, causing a severe allergic reaction in some individuals.

 

Air Cleaner

Excellent at absorbing airborne chemicals released by common cleaning products. The Flamingo Flower is particularly good at absorbing harmful chemicals like ammonia and formaldehyde from the air.

Great for People:

  • Who need a hobby and like challenges.
  • Who are nurturers with no pets at home.
  • With lots of bright indirect southern exposure
  • Who like their homes warm.

Great for Space

This indoor plant is excellent for someone who loves an exotic touch to their green spaces.  

How to Care for a Flamingo Flower Plant

Light preference:

Medium to bright indirect light. Never direct sunlight.

Water/Humidity

Flamingo Flowers enjoy high humidity. Spritz daily or set up a humidifier. You can also set up a pebble tray with water and set them on to create adequate humidity levels. Flamingo Flowers like medium moisture and to dry out a little between watering but not standing in water or soggy soil. Water with rainwater, filtered or bottled water at room temperature when they are partially dry. (They don’t like hard water.) Check around the plant for moisture levels. Using a moisture meter may be helpful too. Spritz the aerial roots (that may be above the ground). Water more frequently in the summer and less in the winter months.

Ideal Temps

Mimic the rain forest and keep the indoor temperatures between 60-85°F for best results.

Plant Food/Fertilizer

Fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer for blossoming plants at a 25% amount recommended on the packaging once a month for optimum growth and plant health. Lower the frequency in the fall and winter months.

Repotting Frequency:

These indoor plants will want to be repotted during spring on a two-year cycle or when they become pot-bound. Propagation can take place then by merely dividing the plant’s root system and replanting in a soil mix with equal parts potting soil and perlite or orchid soil mix.

Cleaning:

To dust or clean the leaves, put the plant in a shower every couple months, and fill a watering can with filtered water, and rinse the leaves. Groom this indoor plant regularly by removing any discolored or dying leaves or fading flowers. Remove the old blooms, all the way down to the base to encourage new blooms.  Spritz both sides of the leaves to ensure it gets adequate humidity.

Common Issues of the Flamingo Flower Plant

  • Excess light will bleach the leaves and may produce browning tips.
  • Overfertilization will develop browning tips and yellow leaves on the lower leaves.
  • Lack of flowers may indicate it needs repotting, or it’s not getting enough light or phosphorous in the fertilizer.

Complimentary Plants with your Flamingo Flower plant:

Another beautiful bloomer is the Peace Lily plant that shows off its creamy white flower and long-lasting blooms similar to the Flamingo Flower. Its care is similar to the Flamingo Flower requirements so that it could be on the same maintenance schedule. This one also makes a lovely gift to family and friends, or anyone you might need to make a truce-making deal with since it’s white flower symbolizes peace or ceasefire!

To increase another plant that loves moisture and high humidity, add this Split Leaf Philodendron to the mix. It brings an added presence to the room as it takes up horizontal space and offers a conversation piece with its split and swiss cheese-like leaf structure.

For more information on caring for your new indoor plant, check out our comprehensive care guide here.

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