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How to Get an Anthurium to Bloom

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017
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Anthuriums are native to Colombia, with hundreds of species found in Central and South America, so growing an anthurium is like bringing a bit of the tropics into your home. The anthurium's large green leaves are distinctive, but it's the tall, glossy flowers that are the real attention-getters. Although it can sometimes be difficult to convince an anthurium to bloom, adequate food and water will usually do the trick.

Be sure your anthurium gets plenty of bright light, but not direct light. Put the anthurium in a north or east window, or a south window covered with a sheer curtain. If you live in a climate that doesn't get enough sunlight, you may need to supplement natural light with a florescent light or grow light. Anthuriums won't bloom without bright light, and they can sometimes become deformed or stunted.

Remove blooms when they fade and die. Leaving old blossoms on the anthurium will divert water and nutrients from the plant and prevent new blooms from forming.

Feed the anthurium a water-soluble fertilizer every other month. Look for a fertilizer formulated specifically for blooming plants, and follow the directions on the label.

Allow the anthurium to dry out slightly between watering, and then water it thoroughly. Be sure not to overwater the plant, which can cause root rot and yellow leaves. Don't allow the pot to sit in water, and don't let the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot get clogged with potting soil.


Things You Will Need

  • Florescent light or grow light (optional)
  • Water-soluble fertilizer for blooming plants

About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.