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Anthurium Care

The “flowers” of the Anthurium are some of the longest-lasting on earth, which means that dazzling color will last in your home for months. The Anthurium symbolizes hospitality with its open heart-shaped flower and inspires happiness and abundance.

How to care for your Anthurium

Use these instructions to care for an Anthurium. This guide will tell you how to water an Anthurium; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Anthurium Red

LIGHT

Place your Anthurium in a warm, well-lit spot. The more light the plant receives, the more flowers your plant will produce, but never expose it to direct sunlight. During the winter they can handle less light.

WATER

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 dry out before watering again. Overwatering causes yellow leaf tips and under-watering causes brown leaf tips.

TEMPERATURE

Your Anthurium prefers temperatures between 65-80 degrees during the day and no cooler than 60 degrees at night. Avoid placing your plants near heating and air conditioning vents and fans.

HUMIDITY

Your Anthurium loves a humid environment, so feel free to mist every day. Use a pebble tray or a humidifier during the winter months when the air tends to be much drier.

FOOD

Use a balanced fertilizer or one a little higher in nitrogen for Anthurium plants. Feed monthly in the spring and summer, when Anthurium plants are actively growing. Dilute the plant food to one-third the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

Anthuriums are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and skin irritation, stomach pain and irritation with possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Quickly remove fading or dying flowers as soon as they appear. This helps the plant focus its energy on new growth. Give your Anthurium a six-week rest during the winter. Lower temperatures, less light, and drier soil during this time help an Anthurium produce more flowers in the spring and summer.

See also: Common Issues →

Anthurium Ruffles

LIGHT

Place your Anthurium Ruffles in a warm, well-lit spot. The more light the plant receives, the more it will grow, but never expose it to direct sunlight.

WATER

Keep the soil consistently moist during the growing season from spring through the end of summer. Water when the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry before watering again. Overwatering causes yellow leaf tips and under-watering causes brown leaf tips.

HUMIDITY

Your Anthurium loves a humid environment, so mist often. Use a pebble tray or a humidifier during the winter months when the air is dry.

TEMPERATURE

Your Anthurium prefers temperatures between 65-80 degrees during the day and no cooler than 60 degrees at night. Avoid placing your plants near heating and air conditioning vents and fans.

FOOD

Use a balanced fertilizer or one higher in nitrogen for Anthurium plants. Feed monthly in the spring and summer, when your plant is actively growing. Dilute the plant food to half the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

Anthurium are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and skin irritation, stomach pain and irritation with possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

These large leaves can collect dust easily, which can prevent your plant from growing efficiently. Clean the leaves with a moist cloth every month. Alternatively, you can take your plant to the shower and rinse off the leaves with water.

See also: Common Issues →

Anthurium Big and Bold

LIGHT

Place your Anthurium in a warm, well-lit spot. The more light the plant receives, the more blooms your plant will produce, but never expose it to direct sunlight.

WATER

Water your Anthurium when the top 25% of soil is dry. Your Anthurium prefers a consistent watering schedule.

HUMIDITY

Your Anthurium loves a humid environment, so feel free to mist every day. Use a pebble tray or a humidifier during the winter months when the air tends to be drier.

TEMPERATURE

Your Anthurium prefers temperatures between 65-80 degrees during the day and no cooler than 60 degrees at night. Avoid placing your plants near heating and air conditioning vents and fans.

FOOD

Use a balanced fertilizer for Anthurium plants diluted to half the recommended strength. Feed monthly in the spring and summer, when your Anthurium plant is actively growing.

TOXICITY

Anthuriums are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and skin irritation, stomach pain and irritation with possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Quickly remove fading or dying flowers. This helps the plant focus its energy on new growth. Give your Anthurium a six-week rest during the winter. Lower temperatures, less light, and drier soil during this time help an Anthurium produce more flowers in the spring and summer.

See also: Common Issues →

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What's an Anthurium?

Botanical Classification: Anthurium andraenum

ABOUT

Did you know the colorful “flowers” of the Anthurium are actually modified leaves? The true flowers of the plant grow from the center structure called an inflorescence.

Originally found in areas of the Andes Mountains range in Colombia and Equador, this beauty enjoys a warm spot in your home with a bit of extra humidity.

Pictured Left: Anthurium Red
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Your Anthurium loves humidity, so mist it often!
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