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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 Big and Bold

LIGHT

Your Anthurium prefers bright indirect light. Direct sun may burn the leaves. The more light the plant receives, the more blooms your plant will produce.

WATER

Water when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

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

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

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.

Anthurium Pink

LIGHT

Your Anthurium Pink prefers bright indirect light, but can easily adapt to low or medium indirect light. The more light the plant receives, the more it will grow, but never expose it to direct sunlight.

WATER

Water your Anthurium when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. Overwatering causes yellow leaf tips and underwatering 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 average to warm temperatures between 65-80°F. Avoid temperatures below 60°F, and avoid placing your plant near heating and air conditioning vents or fans.

FOOD

Feed every month in the spring and summer with a fertilizer high in nitrogen or one formulated for Anthurium plants. Dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength, and be sure to only apply fertilizer to damp soil.

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

The wide leaves can collect dust easily, which can prevent your plant from growing efficiently, so dust the leaves monthly. Alternatively, you can take your plant to the shower and rinse off the leaves with water.

Anthurium Red

LIGHT

The Red Anthurium likes a well-lit spot with indirect light. Too much light will burn the leaves appearing in white bleached-looking spots.

WATER

Water your Red Anthurium when the soil volume is 50% dry. Water thoroughly until you see water flow out of the drainage hole. Discard any excess water in the tray after a few minutes.

HUMIDITY

Anthuriums prefer high humidity. Mist often, add a pebble tray or place a humidifier nearby. Dry crispy leaves are often a sign your plant needs more humidity.

TEMPERATURE

Your Anthurium prefers average to warm temperatures between 65-80°F. Avoid temperatures below 60°F. Keep your plant away from drafty areas and open vents.

FOOD

Feed every month in the spring and summer with a fertilizer high in nitrogen or one formulated for Anthurium plants. Dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength, and be sure to only apply fertilizer to damp soil.

TOXICITY

Anthuriums are toxic to pets and humans if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Prune spent flowers as they appear. If you notice your Anthurium hasn’t bloomed during the growing season, it may need more light. Give your Anthurium a six-week rest during the winter. Lower temperatures, less light, and drier soil during this time will help your plant produce more flowers in the spring and summer.

Anthurium Ruffles

LIGHT

Your Anthurium prefers bright indirect light. Direct sun may burn the leaves.

WATER

Water when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

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

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

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.

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What's an Anthurium?

Botanical Classification: Anthurium andraeanum

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 Mountain range in Colombia and Ecuador, this beauty enjoys a warm spot in your home with a bit of extra humidity.

FUN FACT

Anthuriums get their name from the Greek words “anthos” and “oura,” meaning “tail flower.”

Pictured Left: Anthurium Red