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Why is my anthurium losing flowers?

Bloomscape's Grow-How™ team offers some anthurium care tips if your plant's flowers are falling off or you can’t convince your anthurium to bloom.

Anthurium flowers, also known as flamingo flowers (which are actually modified heart-shaped leaves) are strikingly crimson, white, or pink. Its beauty makes it all the more distressing when those eye-catching flowers start falling off your plant.

The good news is, it’s likely that this plant is just losing its blooms as a part of its natural life cycle! A well-tended anthurium blooms all year round in approximately 3-month intervals, so you could just be in-between blooms. However, this tropical plant can also be temperamental if not tended properly, and if your plant’s flowers and leaves are fading or wilting you may need to make some changes.

To encourage healthy growth, cut them off any wilting or browning flowers with sharp shears to ensure the plant devotes more energy to retaining its healthy flowers. If your plant’s health continues deteriorating, here are some of the common reasons why your anthurium is losing flowers, and how to help it recover.

Overwatering or Underwatering Your Anthurium

Both too much and too little water can cause anthurium to lose their flowers – but too much water can cause root rot and kill your plant altogether. If your plant’s leaves are turning brown or wilting along with losing flowers, you need to make some quick course corrections in your plant care routine.

Keep the soil lightly moist during the growing season from March through September. Water your Anthurium well and then allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to completely dry out before watering again.

Cold Damage to Your Anthurium

Anthurium are tropical flower plants and require warm temperatures to thrive. While indoor plants are usually kept warm enough, cold damage can occur due to overzealous AC units or during winter. Your Anthurium prefers temperatures between 65-80 degrees during the day and no cooler than 60 degrees at night. Air circulation can help your plant, but avoid placing it near heating and air conditioning vents and fans.

Improper Light Conditions For Your Anthurium

The more light the plant receives, the more flowers your plant will produce – but never expose it to direct sunlight as that’s the fastest way to not only lose flowers but kill your plant. Place your Anthurium in a spot with bright indirect light. During the winter they can handle less light.

Improper Humidity For Your Anthurium

Your Anthurium loves a humid environment, so misting daily can help your plant recover. Use a pebble tray or a humidifier during the winter months when the air tends to be much drier.

Need more help?

We're confident your Anthurium will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.