Complete Guide to Anthurium Care: Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Anthurium Plant Healthy and Thriving

Complete Guide to Anthurium Care: Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Anthurium Plant Healthy and Thriving

Anthuriums are beautiful and exotic plants that are known for their striking flowering spathes. They are popular as indoor houseplants and can add a touch of tropical beauty to any environment. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced plant enthusiast, it is important to know how to properly care for an Anthurium to ensure its health and longevity.

One of the biggest factors in Anthurium care is giving the plant the right amount of light. While Anthuriums can tolerate low light conditions, they will thrive and produce more flowers in a higher light environment. It is important to place the plant in a spot where it can receive bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this can cause the leaves to burn and the plant to wilt.

In addition to light, the soil and fertilizing are also crucial for Anthurium care. Anthuriums prefer a well-draining soil mix that retains some moisture but does not become waterlogged. They are sensitive to overwatering, so it is important to let the top inch of soil dry out between waterings. When it comes to fertilizing, Anthuriums do well with a balanced fertilizer, but it is important to avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to excess foliage growth and a decrease in flowering.

To promote flowering, it is recommended to fertilize Anthuriums every two to four months with a high-phosphorus fertilizer. This will help encourage blooming and keep the plant healthy. Another important aspect of Anthurium care is humidity. These tropical plants prefer a humid environment, so it is a good idea to mist the foliage regularly or place the plant on a tray of water with stones to increase humidity levels.

When it comes to pests, Anthuriums are relatively pest-resistant. However, they can still be susceptible to common houseplant pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. To avoid pest problems, it is important to regularly inspect the plant for any signs of infestation and take immediate action if pests are found.

In conclusion, Anthurium care is not complex, but it requires attention to detail and some basic knowledge about the plant’s specific needs. By providing the right amount of light, proper soil and fertilizing, and maintaining a humid environment, you can ensure that your Anthurium thrives and remains healthy and beautiful for years to come.


Anthuriums, also known as flamingo flowers, are a popular choice for indoor gardening enthusiasts. Despite their elegant appearance, anthuriums can be a foe to gardeners who are not familiar with their care requirements. If not properly cared for, these plants can easily die.

When it comes to growing anthuriums, they require a good balance between moisture and drainage. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause the leaves to turn brown and dry out. To ensure the right amount of water, pourfeed the plant and allow the excess water to drain out.

What sets anthuriums apart from other plants is their beautiful spathes, which are brightly colored modified leaves that surround the small flowers. To keep these spathes looking their best, it’s important to provide the right care. Here are some tips and steps to follow:

  1. Watering: Anthuriums should be watered every 1-2 weeks, depending on the season and temperature. They prefer to be kept slightly moist, but overwatering should be avoided to prevent root rot. Make sure to water them thoroughly and allow the excess water to drain out.
  2. Fertilizing: Anthuriums should be fertilized every 2-3 months with a balanced fertilizer. Look for a fertilizer that is high in phosphorus to promote blooming. Follow the directions on the fertilizer package for the correct dosage.
  3. Humidity: Anthuriums are humidity-loving plants. To provide them with the right amount of humidity, place them in a bathroom or kitchen where there is higher humidity. You can also mist the leaves with water to increase humidity.
  4. Light: Anthuriums prefer bright, indirect light. Place them near a window where they can receive filtered sunlight. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves.
  5. Temperature: Anthuriums thrive in temperatures between 70-90°F (21-32°C). Avoid exposing them to temperatures below 60°F (15°C) as it can cause damage to the plant.
  6. Repotting: Anthuriums should be repotted every 1-2 years, or when the plant has outgrown its current pot. Use a well-draining soil mix with perlite to ensure good drainage.
  7. Avoid Overwatering: Overwatering is one of the biggest mistakes people make when caring for anthuriums. Too much water can lead to root rot and fungal diseases. Make sure the top inch of soil is dry before watering again.
  8. Avoid Underwatering: Underwatering can cause the leaves to turn brown and dry out. Make sure to water the plant thoroughly so that the water reaches the roots.

By following these care tips, your anthuriums can stay healthy and free from diseases. Whether you choose to grow them indoors or outdoors, their vibrant flowers and glossy leaves will surely be a beautiful addition to your home or garden.

  • If you’re new to caring for anthurium plants, make sure to read our previous article on Anthurium Care 101 to get the basics right.
  • Find out whether you’re actually underwatering or overwatering your anthurium plant. Understanding the signs of both can help you adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • Learn how to repot anthurium plants and when it’s necessary to do so. Repotting can help prevent root rot and give your plant room to grow.
  • If your anthurium plant is not flowering, check our list of common mistakes that may be preventing it from blooming. From insufficient light to lack of humidity, there could be several factors at play.
  • Discover the different types of anthurium plants that you can grow indoors. From the large and brightly colored flowers of Anthurium andraeanum to the more unusual Anthurium crystallinum with its velvety leaves, there’s something for everyone.
  • If your anthurium plant is growing slowly or not at all, consider adjusting its fertilizer regimen. Find out what type of fertilizer to use and how often to feed your plant.
  • See our guide on how to deal with common pests and diseases that can affect anthurium plants. From aphids to root rot, learn how to keep your plant healthy and free from harm.
  • Learn about the ideal temperature and humidity levels for anthurium plants. These humidity-loving plants thrive in warm and humid environments, so it’s important to provide the right conditions.
  • Discover the best way to increase humidity for your anthurium plant. Whether it’s using a humidifier or placing a tray of water nearby, find out what works best for your plant.
  • Find out what to do if you’ve accidentally poured too much water on your anthurium plant. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues, so it’s important to address the problem quickly.
  • Learn about the common mistakes to avoid when shopping for anthurium plants. From buying a plant with yellow or brown spots to not checking for signs of disease, being careful can save you from future headaches.

Anthurium Care

When it comes to growing Anthurium plants, one of the most important things to know is how to care for their roots. These plants have thick, fleshy roots that need a well-draining soil to prevent root rot. It’s also important to avoid overwatering, as this can lead to yellow spots on the leaves and stunted growth.

Watering an Anthurium plant can be a bit tricky. The soil should be kept slightly damp, but not overly wet. One way to achieve this is to water the plant thoroughly and then let it dry out completely before the next watering. Another method is to water the plant from the bottom, allowing the roots to soak up the water they need.

Humidity is another important factor in Anthurium care. These plants are naturally humidity-loving, and they thrive in a humid environment. However, they can still grow well in lower humidity conditions if necessary. To increase the humidity around your Anthurium plant, you can place a humidifier nearby or mist the leaves with water.

Fertilizing an Anthurium plant is also essential for its growth and flowering. The ideal fertilizer for these plants is one that is high in phosphorus. You can fertilize your Anthurium plant every 2-3 months during the growing season, and stop fertilizing during the winter months.

When it comes to placement, Anthurium plants prefer bright, indirect sunlight. Placing them near a window that provides filtered light is ideal. However, direct exposure to sunlight should be avoided, as it can burn the leaves. Temperature-wise, Anthurium plants thrive in temperatures between 70-90°F (21-32°C).

Repotting an Anthurium plant is necessary every 2-3 years or when the plant outgrows its current pot. When repotting, be sure to use a well-draining potting mix and a pot that has drainage holes. This will help prevent overwatering and root rot.

In terms of pests, Anthurium plants are relatively pest-free. However, they may occasionally attract mealybugs or spider mites. If you notice any signs of pests, you can treat the plant with an insecticidal soap or wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove them.

Overall, Anthurium plants are fairly easy to care for and can make a great addition to any home or garden. With the right care and attention, these plants can thrive and produce beautiful flowers for all to enjoy.


Anthurium plants are failing to thrive, then you may need to reassess their light requirements. Anthuriums are humidity-loving plants that cannot tolerate frost, so they should be kept in a warm and moist environment. They can tolerate quite a bit of light, but too much direct sunlight can cause the foliage to burn. If you are growing anthuriums indoors, place them near a window with large amounts of indirect light. If you choose to grow them outdoors, make sure they are in a location with filtered light or partial shade.

Anthuriums do not necessarily require high humidity, but they do benefit from some moisture in the air. If the humidity in your home is low, you can increase it by placing a tray of water near the plants or by using a humidifier. Just be sure not to overwater the plants, as this can lead to root rot and other diseases.

When it comes to watering, it is important to know that anthuriums like to be kept evenly moist. They should be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. It’s generally a good idea to water your anthurium plant once a week, but this may vary depending on the humidity levels in your home and the time of year. During the winter months, you may need to water less frequently.

If you are unsure about whether or how much to water your anthurium, a good rule of thumb is to let the plant tell you. If the leaves start to droop, that’s a sign that the plant needs more water. On the other hand, if the leaves start to turn yellow or the roots appear brown and mushy, that’s a sign of overwatering.

Repotting your anthurium every 1-2 years is also important for its growth and health. When repotting, make sure to use a well-draining potting mix that is rich in organic matter, such as peat moss or coconut coir. You can also add perlite or sand to improve drainage. This will help prevent root rot and other diseases.

It is worth noting that some varieties of anthuriums are more tolerant of underwatering than others. The Anthurium plowmanii, for example, can tolerate drier conditions and is less likely to suffer from root rot. However, it’s still important to ensure that the plant has enough water to thrive.

Anthuriums can be toxic to pets, so make sure to keep them out of reach. If you have pets in your home, it’s always a good idea to check with your veterinarian to see if anthuriums are safe to have around.

Overall, providing the right amount and type of light is crucial for the health and well-being of your anthurium plant. Follow these steps to ensure that your plant receives the proper light exposure and moisture levels, and you will have a thriving anthurium that adds beauty to your home.

Next up, we’ll take a look at the role of water in anthurium care.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.