How to care for an anthurium plant

Updated July 20, 2017

Anthurium plants produce flowers that are heart-shaped with a central stamen, and have shiny, waxy foliage. People often have anthuriums as house plants. If you cut an anthurium blossom, it will keep fresh for several days. Anthurium plants do not require excessive care to remain healthy. Learning about the plant's preferred growing conditions, rather than assuming all house plants behave the same way, will help you take proper care of an anthurium.

Grow your anthurium in an area that receives at least six hours of indirect sunlight per day. Do not place the plant in direct sunlight, because this can cause the leaves to burn.

Water anthuriums only as they begin to show signs of drought, such as wilting. Fill an empty spray bottle with water, and mist the plants when watering to provide a humid, more tropical environment.

Introduce a fertiliser with a nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium ratio of 1-2-1 every other month, because the plant is not a heavy feeder.

Bring an outdoor anthurium indoors during the winter to protect from frost. Keep all indoor anthuriums away from draughty areas in the house during this time.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • 1-2-1 fertiliser
  • Spray bottle
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