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The anthurium has one of the longest-lasting flowers on earth and it blooms for more than 250 days, so this means your anthurium will fill your indoor garden with colourful blooms for most of the year making them the perfect indoor flowering plants. An anthurium bloom lasts for 2-3 months on the stem and slowly loses all colour to fade away.


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Anthurium Plant

The name Anthurium is derived from the Greek words “anthos” and “oura,” meaning “tail flower.” Originally found in areas of the Andes Mountain range in Colombia and Ecuador, the colourful “flowers” of the Anthurium are actually modified leaves. The true flowers are the yellow cylindrical structures growing from the centre called an inflorescence.
As a tropical plant, the anthurium is very easy to care for and extremely robust. The anthurium loves warmth and light and little but sunlight. It grows dormant for 5-6 weeks during winter if you live in cold areas and springs right back into blooms as soon as the weather gets warmer and the sun comes up.

Anthurium plant care

Let's take a look at the detailed care guide for anthuriums to make your home garden brighter.

Common name:

Anthurium, Tailflower, Flamingo Flower, and Laceleaf

Botanical name:

Anthurium andraeanum


Bright indirect sunlight to partial sunlight


Warm and well-ventilated and humid with frequent misting


Very well-draining soil with organic matter. A mix of equal parts Ugaoo Pot-o-mix and garden soil, with a part of perlite or wood chips, works well.


Water when the top inch of the soil is dry to touch. Keep the soil moist but do not overwater.


Once every two to three weeks. Withhold fertilisers in winters.


Rot due to overwatering and aphids and spider mites


Anthuriums prefer bright indirect light and do exceedingly well with a few hours of morning or evening sun. But keep it out of the scorching afternoon sun that may burn the leaves. The brighter the light the plant receives and for the greater number of hours, the more blooms it will produce.


Anthuriums do extremely well indoors in bright indirect light or partial sun. They flower more, with bigger blooms, when they get some direct light in the morning or evening, so a spot near an east or west-facing window is a great choice. Keep them away from south-facing windows to avoid leaf burn.
Pink anthurium plant
Place it on your side tables or centre tables for a permanent and long-lasting floral arrangement that will brighten up your home forever.


Water thoroughly when the first inch of the soil becomes dry to the touch till the water drains out of the drainage hole at the bottom and always drains the bottom plate to avoid overwatering. The more light and warmth the Anthurium gets, the more frequently it will need to be watered.
Droopy leaves with browning leaf tips and shrivelling aerial roots are signs of an under-watered plant. Anthurium loves a humid environment, so you can mist every day. Try to use a pebble tray, or a humidifier during the dry winter months.
When watering an extremely dried out soil (visible cracks and soil leaving the planter walls) water in batches. Watering all at once allows the water to simply pass through the soil without getting absorbed.
Every time a plant is watered, water it thoroughly till you see some draining out of the drainage hole and always empty the underplate.


Anthuriums need a rich but well-draining soil that drains out quickly but holds moisture. A half and half mix of potting soil and Ugaoo’s Pot-o-Mix works well. You can also use a mix of regular potting soil, compost, and wood chips, anthurium plants don’t like continually moist soil.


Feed your Anthuriums with a generic houseplant fertiliser every three weeks, diluted as instructed on the packaging. Fertilising during the growing period (other than winter) is important.
Ensure that the fertilisers have the three major nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Ugaoo’s Plant Tonic and NPK are great options for both root and foliar applications.


Make it a point to remove fading and dying flowers, to redirect the plant’s energy towards new growth. This helps the plant focus its energy on new growth. Avoid pruning your plant during winter when it is dormant.

Repotting an Anthurium plant

Single white anthurium flower.
When your anthurium has gotten too big for its pot with roots coming out of the drainage holes and the top has gotten too tall and is toppling the plant, repotting is the way to go. Spring is the best time to repot your anthurium as it is in a growth spurt. Fertilise your anthurium at the time of repotting with a good handful of compost and pot it in extremely well-draining soil.

Pro Tips

Fertilise your anthurium with a fertiliser high in phosphorus to promote flowering. Use a well-draining soil that is a good mix of aerators and water absorbers. Rootbound anthuriums have stunted growth. So repot your anthurium when it gets too big for its pot.

Plant problems

Browning tips are a sign of under watering or infrequent watering. Burnt leaf spots are a sign of too much sunlight. Green flowers are a sign of forced flowering.


Does Anthurium like sun or shade?

Anthuriums generally prefer bright, indirect light and can tolerate partial shade, but they do not like direct sunlight, which can damage their leaves.
In their natural habitat, Anthuriums grow in the understory of rainforests, where they receive dappled light from the sun. In indoor environments, they should be placed near an east or north-facing window, or a shaded area near a south or west-facing window.
If the plant is receiving too much light, its leaves can develop brown or yellow spots or edges. On the other hand, if it is not receiving enough light, its leaves may turn yellow and drop.
Overall, Anthuriums require consistent and moderate light to thrive, so it is important to find the right balance between light and shade. If you notice that your Anthurium is not thriving in its current location, you can experiment with different light levels until you find the best spot for it.

How long do Anthurium plants live?

Anthurium plants can live for several years with proper care. The lifespan of an Anthurium plant depends on various factors, including the growing conditions, care routine, and the age of the plant when purchased.
In general, a well-cared-for Anthurium plant can live for several years, and some can even live for decades. With proper watering, fertilizing, and pruning, Anthuriums can continue to produce beautiful flowers and foliage for many years.
However, it's important to note that Anthuriums can be sensitive to changes in their environment and may require some adjustments to their care routine as they age. For example, as the plant matures, it may require more frequent repotting or pruning to maintain its health and appearance.
If you notice that your Anthurium is struggling or its leaves are turning yellow or brown, it may be a sign that it needs a change in its care routine. In general, Anthuriums are relatively low-maintenance plants, but it's important to pay attention to their individual needs and make adjustments as necessary to help them thrive.

How often do you water an Anthurium plant?

Anthurium plants prefer to be kept moderately moist, but not overly wet or dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause the plant to wilt and its leaves to turn yellow.
The frequency of watering an Anthurium plant depends on various factors, including the size of the pot, the humidity level, and the temperature of the environment. In general, Anthuriums should be watered when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch.
As a general guideline, you can water your Anthurium once a week, or every 5-7 days, during the growing season (spring and summer). During the dormant season (fall and winter), you can reduce the frequency of watering to once every 10-14 days, as the plant's growth slows down.
When watering your Anthurium, make sure to water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot, and then empty the saucer to prevent water from pooling. It's also important to use room-temperature water and avoid getting water on the leaves or flowers, which can cause spotting or discoloration.

How do I know if my Anthurium plant is dying?

Anthurium plants are generally hardy and can tolerate a variety of growing conditions, but like any plant, they can become stressed or diseased if their needs are not met. Here are some signs that your Anthurium plant may be dying:
Yellow or brown leaves: Yellow or brown leaves can be a sign of overwatering, underwatering, or exposure to direct sunlight.
Wilting or drooping leaves: If the leaves are drooping or wilting, it may be a sign that the plant is not receiving enough water or has been overwatered.
Stunted growth: If your Anthurium is not growing as it should, it may be a sign that it is not receiving enough light, nutrients, or water.
Root rot: Root rot is a common problem in Anthurium plants that are overwatered or planted in poorly draining soil. Signs of root rot include yellowing leaves, mushy roots, and a foul odor.
Pests or diseases: Anthurium plants can be susceptible to pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Diseases such as bacterial blight or fungal infections can also cause the plant to decline.
If you notice any of these signs in your Anthurium plant, it is important to take action as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Some possible solutions include adjusting the watering schedule, repotting the plant in fresh soil, treating pests or diseases, or moving the plant to a more suitable location with better light or humidity levels.

Do you water Anthurium with ice cubes?

It is not recommended to water Anthurium plants with ice cubes. While this method may seem convenient, it can actually be harmful to the plant.
Anthurium plants prefer to be kept moderately moist, but not overly wet or dry. Watering with ice cubes can cause the roots to become waterlogged and lead to root rot. Additionally, the cold temperature of the ice cubes can damage the plant's roots and cause the leaves to wilt or turn brown.
Instead of watering with ice cubes, it is best to water Anthurium plants with room-temperature water and allow any excess water to drain out of the bottom of the pot. You can also mist the leaves with water to increase the humidity around the plant.