How to Get an Anthurium to Bloom
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.
Anthurium To Bloom
Vivid blooms and ease of care make anthuriums popular houseplants. However, many people find that they cannot induce their anthurium to bloom every year, which can be disappointing. The rest of the year, it still needs to be watered three to five times a week. This is not a plant that you should wait to water until the soil is dry. Make sure that you anthurium is getting the right kind of light. Anthuriums like strong but slightly diffused light that makes them feel like they are at home in the treetops of the rainforest. Placing them in a window that receives sun should do the trick, or you can place them in a room that remains filled with natural light for most of the day. Nine hours should be plenty, but do not position the lamp too close to the plant or it will bake. Across the room should be close enough. Place the anthurium in a tray of pebbles. Keep a spray bottle full of water near your anthurium. When you pass, mist the plant.
- Florescent light or grow light (optional)
- Water-soluble fertilizer for blooming plants