Conventional vegetative propagation of Flamingo plant (Anthurium andraenum (Lind.) has proved to be time consuming while commercial quantities can take years to develop necessitating solution to its propagation and flowering challenge. The growth response and sustainability of flamingo flower growth media were evaluated under nursery conditions between late planting season of 2011 (September) to early planting season of 2012 (February). Second planting was during the early season (June) to late planting season of 2012 (December) in the screen house of the National Horticultural Research Institute, Ibadan, oyo State, Nigeria. The six growth media used for this study included: Top soil, Saw dust, River sand, Coconut Husk/coconut coir, maize cob and oil palm empty fruit bunch. All growth media were mixed with poultry manure at ratio 3:1 (V/V) while top soil alone served as the control. Results indicated that growth media significantly affected the percentage of surviving plants and visual qualities at 85 days after planting (DAP) at both years of study. Mixture of saw dust and poultry manure recorded significantly higher surviving plants while the mixture of River sand and poultry manure as well as coconut coir and poultry manure produced significantly better visual qualities (6.67) and (7.33) in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Also river sand and poultry manure produced significantly higher number of leaves in the second year of planting. However, no significant difference was observed on Anthurium flowering at both planting year with the growth media.
Agricultural waste, Flamingo flower, Growth, Potting media, Propagation.