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About Painter's Palette
The name Anthurium comes from the Greek anthos + oura, meaning "flower tail". This funny name refers to their flowers which grow on a spike (called a spadix) above a large, colored leaf (called a spathe). Their bright colored spathes attract pollinators and give them their other names such as the Flamingo Flower or Painter's Palette 🦩 🎨!
Also known as
Flamingo Flower, Tailflower and Laceleaf
How to care for Painter's Palette
How often to water your Painter's Palette
Painter's Palette needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Sacramento, California.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
Check the growing potential in your area
A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.
Finding light for Painter's Palette in your home
Painter's Palette may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Sacramento, California ⛅.
How to fertilize Painter's Palette
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Painter's Palette after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Painter's Palette is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Painter's Palette prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Painter's Palette may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Painter's Palette is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Painter's Palette doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
Painter's Palette does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Painter's Palette should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
It’s common for Painter's Palette to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Painter's Palette is native to the Americas.
Yes, you may see your Painter's Palette bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.
Painter's Palette grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Painter's Palette can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Painter's Palette can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.
Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Painter's Palette, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.
Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Painter's Palette
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 3ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Sacramento, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
I have a big collection of flowering anthuriums, and they’re the most forgiving plants I’ve ever owned. They can deal with inconsistent watering, too much or too little sun and temperature changes without much fuss. The flowers last months and bring a lot of colour to my apartment. Some of my favourite plants I own.
Finding the right light for this plant is an ongoing battle, but this is one of two baby anthurium which were propagated in water. I keep some larger specimens growing in water, one in soil. This is one of two which have moved to a coco coir/perlite/seramis potting medium to see which grows best.