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Pink Flamingo Lily Plant Care

Updated April 17, 2017

More than 800 different species of flamingo lilies exist throughout the world. Flamingo lilies grow naturally in tropical regions from Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay, and it is native to the cloud rain forests of the Andes. Today, flamingo lilies also grow in Hawaii. Flamingo lily is a common pot and bouquet flower, so you can easily enjoy flamingo lilies in your home wherever you live. Knowing how to take care of your flamingo lily plant helps you to lengthen the time your flower thrives.

Flamingo Lilies

Flamingo lilies, also known as anthuriums, come in many colours, including pink. The flowers are shaped like hearts and they have a waxy, leaf-like texture. In addition to its colourful flowers, flamingo lilies have dark green leaves on long stalks.

Light

Flamingo lilies prefer medium to high light to grow and flower. Place your pink flamingo lily as near as possible to south or east facing windows or plant it outside on the east or south side of your garden. More than 12 hours of light a day improves the flowering. Use artificial light to increase the number of light hours if necessary.

Temperature

The ideal temperature for pink flamingo lilies varies between 18.3 and 26.7 degrees Celsius. Flamingo lilies can tolerate temperature as low as 12.8 degrees Celsius without damage but if the temperature reaches lower than that, bring your flamingo lily inside. In addition, flamingo lilies like humidity of 40 per cent or higher. Keep up the humidity by spraying a mist of clean, warm water over your flowers daily.

Water

Keep the potting mixture of your flamingo lily moist at all times but do not saturate the soil. Use lukewarm water. The best option is to submerge the pot into water for at least 30 minutes as often as necessary.

Bouquet Care

Before putting your bouquet in a clean vase, immerse the entire flower bract and stem into lukewarm water upside down for at least 30 minutes. Fill your vase with lukewarm water and cut off all leaves below the water level of the vase. Cut off a 1-inch piece of the stem and use an angled cut. This will open the stem cells for water uptake. Re-cut your flowers every four to five days and add warm water to keep the vase full.

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About the Author

Eija Rissanen is a freelance journalist living in Hawaii. She has a journalism and environmental studies degree from Hawaii Pacific University. Her articles have been published in Kalamalama, the student newspaper of Hawaii Pacific University, and some other environmental and travel publications and Web sites in Europe and the United States.