How to Care for Anthurium Plants

Overview

Even though the flower of the anthurium plant is commonly associated with Hawaii, it is not a native Hawaiian species. Anthurium is a tropical plant native to the world's rain forests. The anthurium is also known as boy flower, although the plant's flowers are hermaphroditic, with male and female parts on the same flower. Anthurium is a durable plant that needs little care.

Step 1

Grow your anthurium in a bright area out of direct sunlight. Anthurium will thrive at temperatures between 69 and 75 degrees F. If planted outdoors, plant it in filtered sunlight or shade.

Step 2

Plant anthurium in soil that is composed of equal parts peat moss, perlite and compost.

Step 3

Allow anthurium to dry out slightly between waterings, then water thoroughly. The roots need to remain relatively moist, but too much water may cause root rot. Feel the soil; water when the top 2 inches are dry.

Step 4

Fertilize your anthurium monthly with a 15-30-15 fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

Step 5

Wipe the leaves of your anthurium monthly with a soft, wet cloth to prevent dust buildup and pests. Anthurium is prone to phythium and rhizoctonia, fungal diseases that cause root rot. Both diseases can be treated with a fungicide.

Step 6

Trim off dead and browning flowers and foliage and keep the soil around the plant free from plant debris. Repot your anthurium when the roots have filled the container in which it is being grown.

Step 7

Cut the stems of flowers at a 45-degree angle and immediately place them in a vase filled with room-temperature water. Change the water frequently. Mist the flowers daily with water and submerge the flower heads in lukewarm water every five days.

Tips and Warnings

  • The anthurium plant is poisonous. Keep it out of reach of children and pets.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer (15-30-15)
  • Fungicide
  • Hand pruning shears

References

  • University of Maryland
  • Philippines Department of Agriculture
  • Agri Business Week

Who Can Help

  • Hawaii Tropicals
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About this Author

Bridget Kelly has been a writer since 2005. With a background in real-estate sales, she blogs professionally and provides articles to national and regional real-estate websites and publications. An apprentice master gardener, Kelly enjoys gardening and writing about gardening topics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.