Less than two hundred years earlier, the flowers of anthurium seemed entirely different from the way they appear today. They developed even more natural looking flowers and in the Amazon rainforests of South America they rose unnoticed by man. It wasn’t until the late 1800s when one guy called Samuel Damon brought them to Hawaii. next And it wasn’t until the 1940’s that they started to look like the flowers we see today.
The 1940s is the decade that Hawaiian anthurium fans discovered how to cultivate these flowers selectively to create the spectacular varieties of flowers we have today. After that, these plants were propagated by cuttings only, so when propagated by cuttings, the plants in the child end up looking just like the plants in the parent. Yet with the increase of selective breeding three main flower varieties were produced out of this very plain-looking plant: normal, obake, and tulip.
You’ve seen a regular range if you’ve seen an anthurium chances are. Such forms of anthuriums typically come in solid colors and are heart-shaped; red is the most common colour. At the other side, though obake anthuriums are larger than normal anthuriums, so they typically come in an elongated heart form so generally come in two or three colours. Finally, tulip anthuriums are formed like tulips and come in appealing green, pink and purple colours. Typically they are smaller than normal anthuriums, or obake them.
The anthurium industry has developed a lot in Hawaii since the 1950s and has also expanded outside the State’s boundaries. In addition, production has spread to the Netherlands, Mauritius and even to South America, the ancestral home of these species.