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How to Care for Anthurium Plant

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Overview

Anthurium, sometimes referred to as the flamingo flower, is a tropical plant with glossy foliage and heart-shaped blooms in several different shades, including red, lavender and pink. This plant is tropical and must be grown indoors in all but the warmest regions. Anthurium plants do best when placed in bright sunlight in a location with temperatures that range from 78 to 90 degrees F during the day and 70 to 75 degrees F at night. When provided with the right growing conditions, anthurium will add an almost constant splash of color to your home.

Step 1

Fill a potting container three-fourths of the way with a combination of 1 part perlite, 1 part peat moss and 1 part pine bark. It is important that the chosen container have several drainage holes in the bottom to prevent overwatering.

Step 2

Plant anthurium at the same depth as it was previously growing. Replace the soil carefully and pat it down to remove any air pockets.

Step 3

Add water until the soil feels very moist, but not soggy. Place the pot in a warm location that receives bright light the majority of the day.

Step 4

Water the plant whenever the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. Feed every other month with blooming plant fertilizer.

Step 5

Clip off dead or damaged foliage and spent blooms when necessary. Transplant to a larger pot when the smaller container becomes filled with roots.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow anthurium to completely dry out, as this will slow growth significantly.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting container Perlite Peat moss Pine bark Blooming plant fertilizer Pruning shears

References

  • Evergrowing: Anthurium Houseplant Care
  • Hawaiian Tropicals: Anthurium Plant Care Instructions
  • Plant-Care.com: Anthurium the Flamingo Flower
Keywords: anthurium plants, anthurium plant care, grow anthurium, flamingo flower care

About this Author

Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.