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Flower of the month anthurium

This brightly-coloured, glamorous stem has the longest vase life of all cut flowers.

The anthurium flower is made up of the spadix, the finger-shaped part of the plant that sticks upright in the air, and the brightly-coloured spathe that wraps around it like a shield. This spathe comes in shiny white, red, pink, purple, orange, green and multi-coloured varieties.

Given its appearance and its South American origin, the anthurium symbolises tropical beauty. It’s an excellent choice of flower for a glamorous bouquet.

The anthurium is native to Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela. The French botanicist Eduard André discovered the flower in 1876 in Columbia and Ecuador. He also discovered orchids, bromeliads and various calla lilies, bringing them all back to Europe with him. The name anthurium derives from the Greek words ‘anthos’ and ‘oura’ which means ‘bloom’ and ‘tail’ respectively.

After buying the flowers, cut 5 cm off the end of the stalk and put the flower(s) in a clean vase with tap water. Anthurium flowers are very clean and keep the water clear. They don’t need cut flower food, but do tolerate it. So with bouquets of mixed flowers, you can add some cut flower food without any problem. Refresh the water in the vase of the Anthuriums about once a week, and cut one centimeter off the stem at the same time. This will ensure the Anthurium easily blooms for two to three weeks. Long-lasting enjoyment, without dirty vases or a lot of hassle!

Source: funnyhowflowersdothat; Anthurium info

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