How to Care for Anthurium Plants at Home


Anthurium flowers are heart shaped and come in red, white, pink and green. They are a tropical flower with shiny green leaves and used mostly as house plants. The species Anthurium andraeanum is grown in Hawaii and is commonly used as a cut flower because it will last up to two months in a vase of water. There are many species of the flower and they originate mostly from South America. Some common names you may know this flower by are flamingo flower, tongue of fire and Hawaiian love plant.

Step 1

Place the anthurium in an area that receives bright indirect sunlight. If the plant stops or won't bloom, it needs more light. Do not place them in direct sunlight or it will burn the leaves. The locations should not be in a direct path of air conditioner or heater vents. Keep anthuriums away from areas where there may be drastic temperature changes, such as by an outside door.

Step 2

Water the plants only when the soil is dry. Too much water will cause root rot, but these plants are not drought tolerant. Stick your finger into the soil to about 1 inch--if it's dry, water it.

Step 3

Apply a balanced, water-soluble flowering plant fertilizer every other month. Twice a year, water the plant so the water runs through the drain holes for about 10 minutes to wash away the salt build up from the fertilizer. Empty the drain pan so the water does not sit on the roots.

Step 4

Mist the plant with a spray bottle filled with distilled water once every other week to dislodge any dust and to add humidity around the plant. Wipe the leaves off with a soft cloth when you notice any dust buildup or spider mites.

Step 5

Take the plant outdoors and place it in an area of about 90 percent shade during the summer. Bring it inside if the temperatures go over 90 degrees F or below 70 degrees F.

Step 6

Pinch off all dead flowers, leaves or prune off dead stems right away. This will keep the plant from developing fungus or mold problems and encourage new growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Balanced water soluble blooming plant fertilizer
  • Spray bottle
  • Distilled water
  • Clean soft cloth
  • Pruning shears


  • University of Hawaii at Manoa: Anthurium (Anthurium)
  • University of Florida Extension: Tropical Anthuriums for Holiday Color
  • University of Florida Extension: Tropical Foliage Plant Development: Breeding Techniques for Anthurium and Spathiphyllum
Keywords: caring for anthuriums, growing tropical plants, indoor plant care

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