Anthuriums, (otherwise known as The Flamingo Flower, Flamingo Lily, Boy Flower, Painted Tongue or Willies on Plates by some cheeky florists!!), are a genus of the Arum family. Anthuriums are native to the tropical Americas and grow naturally in many forms, bushy or climbing with roots that can dangle from a rainforest canopy all the way to the floor!
Anthurium leaves possess a structure called the geniculum - this is unique to the anthurium genus. It allows the leaves to swivel and face the sun just like sunflowers do. In drier times the leaves can form a birds nest shaped collar that allows the plant to collect falling debris and water.
Commercially, anthuriums are grown under glass for their stunning flowers and decorative leaves. Anthurium leaves can often sell for more money than the flowers! Anthuriums are becoming more & more popular for use in wedding flowers.
In the wholesale flower markets anthuriums are sold in boxes. The amount of stems per box is dependent on the size of the flower heads. For example, the largest size anthuriums are packed 8 / 10 stems per box, medium to large anthuriums are packed 12 stems per box, medium anthuriums are packed 16 stems per box and small anthuriums 20 stems per box.
Anthuriums are available all year round and there are literally 1000's of varieties. At Christmas time they are available dip painted in metallic golds, silver, bronze and red!
As anthuriums are tropical flowers they like the warm, making them a perfect flower for long lasting vase life in hot summer months.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut anthuriums please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Most anthuriums arrive with water bottles attached to the stems. Please note this is for transport purposes only.
- Remove the water bottles.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the anthuriums in the buckets with the heads supported.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
- Anthuriums are tropical flowers, so they must be kept warm. A centrally heated house is perfect.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the anthuriums in a warm place and always keep out of the way of children.