Anthurium Care
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Anthurium Care

Anthuriums like a little bit of humidity and a well draining compost, other than that they are not fussy plants…

Anthurium Care Summary

Light needs:They can grow in low to well lit areas, but they need plenty of indirect sunlight to flower.
Watering needs:Let them almost dry out before watering again.
Fertilizer:A high phosphorous fertilizer during the spring and summer.  
Soil:A well draining orchid compost.
Humidity:They like humidity, spray them 3 times a week in sp ring and summer.
Temperature:They do not like to go below 15°C or 60°F, they love warmer household environments.
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Laceleaf, anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower
Common issues:Root rot from standing in water.


Welcome to our Anthurium Care guide. Anthuriums are a genus of flowering plants originally from South and Central America, they were originally popular for the beautiful strikingly red flowers in the Anthurium andraeanum, the red lace leaf plant. Recently there have been more species of Anthurium becoming popular for their leaves, for example the Anthurium crystallinum, here we’ll focus on the red flowering ‘laceleaf’ Anthurium andraeanum.

Light Needs

The red lace anthuriums will not flower unless they get enough light, but anthuriums can grow in low light areas of your home. The red lace anthuriums need good indirect sunlight to flower, ranging from the higher end of medium indirect light to bright.

How Often to Water An Anthurium

Do not let your anthuriums stand in water, let them dry out to almost fully dry between waterings.


You do no have to feed your anthuriums, they will be fine without. But a high phosphorous fertilizer during the growing season will help to encourage those beautiful red flowers in the anthurium andraeanum.


A peat based, but well draining orchid compost mix will suit your anthurium well.

When To Repot An Anthurium

When they get too big for their current pot you can move them to a bigger pot (up one or two sizes). The best time of year to do this is in spring.


Anthuriums like a humid environment, they are tropical houseplants after all. If you do not have a humidifier (most people don’t!), then at least spray them when watering, or every few days in the summer.


Anthuriums are fussy when it comes to cold temperatures. They do not like to go below 15°C or 60°F. They love warmer household environments.

Where To Buy An Anthurium

I get most of my plants on Etsy.

Other Names For Anthurium

Laceleaf, anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower

Anthurium Care FAQs and Common Issues

The most common problem with anthuriums is root rot. Do not let them stand in water.

How Do You Keep Anthuriums Blooming?

Keep the care conditions the best you can to prolong your anthurium flowers. Keep humidity high, water and feed it regularly, and maintain a high level of indirect sunlight.

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