How to Care for Anthurium Plants

Anthurium is a plant that fits really well when placed on side tables, on the counter, or even as a table centerpiece. These plants have dark green leaves that vary in shape and sizes that bear large abundant colored leaves that definitely make the plant different from what it was before. 

The Anthurium is a common houseplant that most people have in their homes. The leaves of these plants are actually shiny and waxy which makes them look a little bit like a fake plants. The plant is also said that the abundant colors of white, red, and pink on the plant are actually not flowers but they are leaves just in a different color these leaves are the base from where the actual tiny flowers grow. 

They are one of the plants that last the longest in the all the more reason for you to keep the plant in your house. They give out an abundant color that does not easily fade as well. This plant symbolizes hospitality with its open-shaped leaves and its color inspires happiness and abundance. 

Anthurium plants are also called Flamingo Flower, Hawaiian Heart, Painted Tongue, and Painters Palette. The origin of the name Anthurium came from the Greek word “Oura” and “Anthos” which means flowering tail that simply describes the shape of the plant.

Since these plants are long-lasting, you will need to take care of them for a long time which means they can are quite easy to take care of. 

1. For Sunlight

They love bright indirect light and as much as they can get. They can not withstand direct sun though. The less light they receive the fewer flowers they will have. Put in your brightest indirect light spot you have!

2. Water

Anthurium Plants enjoy generous waterings occasionally. We wait until the soil is dry 2"-3" down before rewatering. If you overwater them, they will start to show signs of turning yellow and if you underwater them they can start turning brown

3. Temperature

Anthurium Plants like it warm, we have found them to be happiest when kept in environments between 75-85F. They can withstand nighttime being colder, but below 60F they will start to die.

4. Soil

Anthuriums are epiphytes which means that they won’t be needing thick soil to cover their roots with, an orchid mix is just right for this type of plant mixed with some sand and peat moss. They prefer a coarse potting mix that is well draining as well so the above-mentioned potting mix is perfect for this plant. 

5. Fertilizer

Anthurium will most likely need fertilizer, especially in their growing season.  A liquid fertilizer that is diluted in half-strength is the best to give to these plants every two weeks.  

6. Propagating

There are two easy ways of propagating this plant. They can be propagated by using their aerial roots or the roots that grow out of the pot that you can cut and put some rooting hormone on the end and place in the soil, or you can also use a stem cutting with a leaf or two that you can place in a rooting hormone as well that you can propagate. 

7. Repotting

If you are unsure of when you should repot your anthurium you could see some signs like roots circling around your pot when you see roots coming out of the drainage holes of the pot, wilting leaves even after they are watered. Broken pot, and when the water is going through the drainage holes are just pretty examples of scenarios that show you should repot your pot. 


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