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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Anthurium Plant Care

Common Name: Flamingo Flower, Lady Jane, Cotton Candy
Scientific Name: Anthurium Species
Lighting: Moderate to Bright
Watering: Low to Moderate

There are many popular Anthurium plants that make great additions to your houseplant collection. The Anthurium is characterized by its shiny dark foliage with its heart shaped flowers available in reds, whites and pink variations. Most species will bloom year round adding extra beauty to your home. If the plant stops blooming for a long period of time, place it in a cool spot for about 5 weeks or try feeding it a blooming plant food.

The Anthurium prefers bright light, so try to place the plant between 5 and 8 feet from a window. This houseplant requires low to medium amounts of water. Let the soil dry out inbetween wataerings, but most importantly, the Anthurium requires proper drainage. Be sure your pot has drainage holes. You can also help the plant by putting 1 to 2 inches of pebble stone in the bottom of the pot. The Anthurium requires a slightly higher level of humidity so misting weekly will help the plant look and feel a lot better.

One common problem with Anthurium plants is that they usually come with gnats. By keeping the plants soil clean from dead foliage and not allowing water to sit in the drain tray. You may also try spraying with a soapy water mixure.

This houseplant is one of many poisonous houseplants. Please keep away from pets and children.

Overall, the Anthurium is a very simple houseplant to care for. It does not require a lot of care, yet adds a beautiful touch to your home.

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Blogger spell_bnd said...

Hi. When I first got my anthurium it had large leaves and 4 beautiful pink flowers. The office I was located in was rather cold and I noticed that the tag said that it didn't like to be in temps below 75 degrees. After a few days I saw that it had some type of milipede type creatures in the soil, big and small. I was kind of concerned and decided to get rid of the soil and bugs and replant it. I used lukewarm water to "gently" wash the dirt and bugs out of the roots (because I was told that it would go into culture shock with cold water) and used MG potting soil with the 3 month fertilizer in it and put it in a large pot (not knowing that anthuriums like to be root bound) and put it close to the window where I thought it would be warmer because 3 flowers had died. I think I tortured my plant because when I went back to my real office (which I don't like to keep that air conditioner on alot) the edges of the leaves started turning brown and that last flower started to die. After reading that they liked to be root bound I figured I could take it home and love it, put it in a smaller pot maybe fertilize it a little bit and hopefully it would come back. the leaves then started to dry out from the center of the leaves looking like they were burning inside out. I broke those leaves off because I found out that you shouldn't cut them, but break them to keep them from going into shock. I know it's not watering because I water once a week or at least when I feel that the soil is dry. What I want to know is if there is ANY hope for my plant to become beautiful again? I still have a few...ok, don't laugh, maybe 3-4 big green leaves left on it, the tips were browning a little, and I have it far away from the window where it won't get direct sunlight. What else can I do to bring it back? Any help you could give me would be GREATLY appreciated.

10:36 AM  
Blogger spell_bnd said...

Please help! I have repotted my anthurium into a smaller pot with a drainage hole in it. I am using MG potting soil (I just know the fertilizer in it is past 3 months), I am using a mixture of water and epsom salt and spraying it front and back of the leaves (oh it really liked that :-)), watering it once a week and it's out of the direct sunlight and in a warmer place. What else can I do to bring it back...I still have at least 1 leaf that is dying...eventhough I don't have many leaves now and the other leaves are healthy and green (the 2-3 that I have. I'd like to know how I can get it to start growing better. If I use MG fertilizer spikes with they hurt it?

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep Anthuriums, and it needs to be watered MUCH more than once a week.

Water it in the morning. Every morning check the top layer of soil to see if it's moist. If it's moist, leave it alone and check it again tomorrow. If it's dry, water it. (I've had a lot of luck with this method, but proper drainage is VERY important, otherwise your plant's roots will rot.)

I also recommend lightly misting the leaves with dechlorinated water every afternoon.

3:21 PM  
Blogger spell_bnd said...

Thanx so much for responding but I had to throw "Susan" away because all her roots rotted and she had little bugs in her soil. Since then I've gotten another plant, not anthurium, that's not so temperamental. It's doing VERY well. Since I've come to the hard realization that I'm not a "plant" person, I'm just going to get the plants that take care of themselves. I think I loved it too much and it had the opposite effect of what I wanted. Thank you again.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Debzee said...

Sacramento -
My anthurium was at work by a window with indirect light. I watered it about 2X a week and it would flower regularly - just beautiful. Then the leaves started dying away in spots, so after a while (too long, I think), I took it to the nursery - it had mites. They sold me some spray that seemed to stop the bugs, and I watched it carefully. The new leaves seemed to be fine, but the older leaves were sick, so I trimmed them off. Now I have these long bare "leafless" stalks with some beautiful dark green leaves on top. My question - can I cut the stock and re-root it in water to get the plant going again? Or what do you recommend so I can get a full, lush plant again, which I had for so long?

10:59 AM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


I'm not sure. I haven't had an Anthurium in a while and I don't think I ever tried propagating one.

Can any of my readers helps us out?


2:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

my anthurium is about 2 years old. Its still not flowering. call someone tell me how to make it flower.


11:00 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


Anthuriums can be different to flower in my experience. They require consistent warm temperatures, regular feeding of houseplant food, high humidity levels (give it a daily misting) and you need to keep the soil moist but not soggy.

Hope that helps,

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a beautiful anthurium plant that seems to always be in bloom and is quite healthy i believe. my question is....does anyone know if i can take cuttings off of it like a philadendran in an attempt to get it to 'bush-up' a little. currently the stems seem to be long and 'langly'.

5:38 AM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


Can any readers help us out? I've never tried this.


10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have several Anthuriums. They are flowering pale flowers instead of the usual bright red. Is there any fertilizar that I need? What can the problem be? They are indoors, not very hot or cold, good light but not direct sunlight.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Zippy said...


There are different colors of anthuriums .. Mine is also a paler red.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have an anthrium and when ever i come to water it the pot i sit it in is always ful of water. i guess this means bad drainage. so it says in the article that i shoule use rooks for better dranage i will try that also the small fertilizers that the plant came with always seem to be siting on top and the soil is always this all because of bad drainage??? i shall see once i add the rocks. thanks for all th help!

2:27 PM  
Blogger ♥Moni♥ said...

I've had an anthrium for just a few weeks. It is in a well draining pot and gets good light. I water it about once a week. But the leaves are yellowing. When I got it, the leaves were a beautiful dark green color. Is it dying? What can I do to help my poor plant?

1:41 AM  
Blogger spell_bnd said...

Hi Moni,
What you have there is a tempramental plant. It doesn't like anything. It doesn't like to be watered a lot, it doesn't like sunlight (direct), it doesn't like to be put into big matter how big it's gotten. Just leave it alone and take it out of the sun. If you love it too much it's not going to love you back. if you ignore it, it'll live. i don't know why it's like that, but as far as I can tell you. Just don't love it to death like I did. I had a beautiful big leafed, pinkish red one with large leaves and I changed it out of the little post it was in because I saw some type of worm in hated it. I tried to water it to get it hated it. I tried putting it in the hated it. So my advice to you is to leave it alone and ignore it and most likely it'll be fine.

8:50 AM  
Blogger ggn777 said...

I have an anthurium that was shipped to me from Hawaii. It was growing on a small lava rock. I fixed a heavy crystal bowl with decorative rock (the flat, round, smooth ones)and just set it on top of the rock. I water it about 2 x weekly and about 1 x monthly, I immerse the rock and roots in a water bath with orchid fertilizer. It seems to be well, but the flowers are rather small. Would it be better for me to plant it in soil? ggn777

2:14 AM  
Blogger ♥Moni♥ said...

Thanks spell_bnd. I have just left it alone. Some of the leaves got real bad. So I cut them off. And now I am just letting it sit there. Not doing too much to it. Some new leaves are coming in. But the old ones went yellow and brown.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Jennifer G. Horn said...

Great site - thanks! I found you after researching for my new Anthurium. Wish me luck! And check out my blog -- -- you may enjoy it!

3:56 PM  
Blogger spell_bnd said...

I'm glad to hear that your plant is growing new leaves. I'd say just continue what you're doing. Get rid of the bad leaves, don't water it too much, keep it in a small pot until you see the roots start to grow out of the pot then go to the next size pot. Keep it out of the sun. Too bad I had to lose my plant to know these things, but I'm glad I could give you some advice to help you with yours. Just keep an eye on it, but remember don't show it too much love. Ignore it and it'll be fine. :-)

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my anthurium plant for 2 years. It is on a lava rock in a small "dish" that requires water. I periodically add fertilizer and it adds new leaves and looks healthy, but I have not been able to get it to re-bloom. Do I need to pot it in soil to get it to bloom?

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Plantner said...

I have been growing anthurium for years. I had grown large and small flowers plants in red, white, green and purple. They bloom continuously here as house plants. USDA zone 11 here! However, after several years, the plant get tall and need to "cut down". However, after cutting down and repotting the plants became very weak and sometimes died. Does anyone have any experience of how to "prune" the aged anthurium so as to propagate their offsprings?

10:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've had a lady jane for 2 weeks now, it is full of healthy leaves and seems to be doing well. the flowers on the other hand have a paperish texture (not fleshy) and only last a day, they are also brownish Burgundy (not bright red) any suggestion?

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have Anthurium that i received for christmas. I water it about once a week and i have it in indirect sunlight like it said to put it in but the leaves have yellow and brown spots on them. What can i do to make my plant healthy again? Can anyone help me.

4:31 PM  
Blogger ggn777 said...

I am no authority on anthuriums, but mine is doing well; it blooms continuously with one or two blooms at a time. It is on a lava rock sitting on colored rocks. I do not use soil at all. It sits in a south window. I water it nightly and about once every month or two I soak it over night in warm water with orchid fertilizer in it. I am bringing back to life one my daughter killed. It has two new leaves. I thought it was a gonner, but it looks like it might make it. It, too, is in the south window. I soak it along with the other one.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I am also not an authority on Anthuriums but have had great success with mine for the last two years by just watering it maybe 2x a month ( it dries out completely so that the whole thing feels quite weightless) I give it a good soaking and leave it sit in it's corner in the living room (North/west) and it usually has at least 2-3 blooms on it. It hates having wet roots. My plant is so root bound by now that it appears to have very little soil left in the pot. I am almost afraid to repot it for fear of it not blooming after that. It also continues to get new leaves constantly. I was starting to think this plant was indistructable. Good luck to all of you out there who are expeiriancing diffficulty with your plant. Good advice is just to ignore it and enjoy it!

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My brother has had one anthurium for over 25 years. It is just beautiful, always with deep red flowers. He certainly has the touch with anything in a pot.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just rooted an offshoot of my anthurium in water. The roots are now three inches long. We are having a tropical heat wave this summer with temperatures 70 to 100 degrees day and night and the anthuriums feel right at home on my shaded porch. I plan to pot out with perlite in bottom for drainage followed by a mix of houseplant soil, perlite and perhaps a light orchid medium. These plants will root in warm summer in water, but don't like a soggy soil. Amazing. Love the heart shaped leaves and pink and green blooms on this one which is unusual. The blooms vary in size. It opens pink and gradually turns green and lasts months even in winter in the house.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Fluff said...

hi can anyone help please. i have a plant that has developed a curly leaf type of fungi(problem) the nursery doesnt know what one can use on it to clear the leaves but hopefully someone can help.

6:47 AM  
Anonymous P. Curtis said...

To the person who's brother has had the same Anthurium for 25 years.Has the plant been in the same pot all these years or has he transplanted it into a bigger pot? I would like to know if he did and if so, how did it do? P. Curtis

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Anthurium is a Christmas gift.
It has several beautiful flowers but there are one or two leaves that look as though they have slight damage to them.There are some browny/grey marks on them & one is split.Could this have been caused by water droplets?
What do you advise.I live in Spain & have the plant on my glassed in porch(not near the window) which is NE facing

8:10 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi! A friend gave me an anthurium that had bright, red flowers last May 2011, but after those died, the new flowers have been GREEN. Is there any way to make them red? This plant is so healthy with lots of new leaves and three flowers, but I only water it every 10 days or so. It loves bright light, for sure.
I was going to repot it, but after reading these posts, I may wait, since it is thriving.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Tabassum said...

I got a plant from the flower section of a store a week ago. Nota very mature plant, but it has lots of leaves and small, pink flowers. It's not the glossy variety. I've watered it the day it came, and once since, as per the "water once-a-week" thing.

After bringing it in, I spotted 3 "problematic" leaves, one had a little yellow patch and the other 2 had the first signs of browning, so I carefully cut them out. There is another problem. The pot it has been growing in has NO drainage holes! How on earth a plant that needs well drainage can grow and bloom in a pot like this? A new flower just bloomed yesterday and a few are on the way. Should I leave it alone or try drilling some holes myself?

I moved it yesterday from the living room to my bedroom due to new layouts. Lots of natural light in both rooms but now it's a few steps away from the window. What should the temperature (in Celcius) be for day and night?

1:17 AM  
Anonymous kylea said...

With my cotton candy anthurium I first watered it daily but I was going to leave it for about a week and placed it's pot in another pot filled with water, my plant was thriving when I came back so I'm continung to water it this way.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had my cotton candy anthurium for about nine months now, up until recently I have had no problems but all of a sudden some flowers on the plant have dried out can anyone explain why?

6:46 PM  
Blogger hanni39 said...

I have had my Anthurium for about 8 months now withot any problems. It sits in my sunroom which provides great light. I water it weekly along with my other plants. As I write this there are at least 10 blooms with more ready to 'unfurl'. I do not baby it but treat is just like any other house plant. Will keep my fingers crossed for any future success with it.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Anthurium fever plant is not well. I got it as a gift 2 years ago, it had lovely dark orange flowers and dark green leaves, now it has no flowers and only a few leaves. When new leaves grow after a while a brown line with a tare in the middle appears. some of the other leaves have brown spots on the edges. I have it on the kitchen window sill were there is good light. What can i do to make it better.

Beautiful in Dublin

9:43 AM  
Blogger CAimGo said...

My husband and I brought an Anthurium home from our honeymoon in Hawaii. It was attached to a lava rock so we just put it in a shallow bowl and periodically watered it. It did great... and then came the kittens. The silly little creatures beat the heck out of each other and one day they decided to maul each other right next to our plant and knocked the top portion off leaving only one leaf. Does anyone know if this plant will re-leaf itself from lower down on the stalk or is it going to die once the last leaf is gone? (Side note: we're still keeping the kittens even though they assault plants, we just watch them very closely.) :-)

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my Anthurium for about 7years and it has been doing great. I keep it in my kitchen where it is nice and light but does not get direct sunlight. I only water it when it has completely dried out. I have taken cuttings for other people by just breaking from the root and everyone that has had a cutting said it was doing fine. I did find once that there were these worm type things in it but have now all disappeared it flowers all the time but for the last couple of weeks I have noticed that the stems have become quite sticky and when I wiped them brown substance came off I am not sure if this is any type of bug? the leaves are also looking a bit sticky can anyone help with this??
Thanks June

3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine seem to heave producing what looks like roots above soil level. i dig it up and bury it below the soil. i usually do this every year.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site . I have anthuriums growing out door for over 10 years and so far no problems.

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought my first anth. this year did great and then I overwatered.Selt watering pot. I took apart let the roots get some air, they did. Repotted and waited the larget one was just going to go, made sure no pest on any part sat same place, I did lose one but the other one is getting reedy to bloom, but I was very frustrated, I was drownding them, worrying, they would die but they are not fussy and my have been blooming ever since, just keep it healthy. yo

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a beautiful red Anthurium. It got pot bound and I repotted it.
since then it is dying. The leaves are falling and the bottom of the stems are wet and brown, what should I do? Am I going to lose it? Should I spray it with soapy water or what should I do? I would hate to lose it.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous edentropicals said...

Here at the nursery we built a wonderful living wall using Anthurium and Golden Pothos with very little problems. The golden coloration of the pothos makes the dark green leafs and pink flower of the Anthurium pop.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous polojoy said...

the anthurium my sister bought me some five years ago never grew further red leaves and flowers but just 'survived'. then bingo.. we had an extension with a glass lantern roof and bifold doors and suddenly it is blooming! over the last 9 months it has got more and more red leaves, lovely shiny green ones too and so it must be the right 'atmosphere' and indirect sunlight - all i can assume is the orangery creates a humid temperature just right for plants so that's my tip for keeping the plants as they are in the shop but not easy if you cant recreate the humidity.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a giant diffenbachia, about 6ft tall and trunk is about 2 1/2 inches around he just started to grow this little spike looking thing out of the side of the trunk. Cane anyone tell me what it is or what it might become?

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody know what it is about the plant's physiology that allows the leaves to stay green for months in water?

10:06 AM  

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