Anthurium are very waxy and hardy plants, that make plant care requirements little to none. It is important to note that they do have a reputation for being picky houseplants, so proper lighting and temperature is essential care needs. Similar to Peace lilies, Anthurium plants don't actually have flowers but have spathes/bracts instead. But, for the sake of not overcomplicating things, we'll refer to them as "flowers." Anthurium comes in a range of different colors (like purple, white orange, etc.), which makes it the perfect plant if you're trying to add diversity to your wall. Although most don't show signs of a smell, Anthurium are known to sometimes have a sweet fragrance in their flowers.
Central and South America
The botanical name for this plant is Anthurium andraeanum. Other common names are Tail flower, Heart flower, and Flamingo flower.
Originally, Anthurium did not have the many colorful and diverse varietals it has now. But over the last 70 years, the Anthurium family expanded into many different colors, with purple being one the newly developed color. Besides the Anthurium purple, there are a few other popular varieties: The flamingo flower (Anthurium andreanum), Anthurium scherzerianum, The velvet cardboard anthurium (Anthurium clarinervium), Black anthurium (Anthurium watermaliense), and The bird’s nest (Anthurium hookeri).
Toxic to pets and humans.
For healthy plants, we recommend that you add water to the glass every 1-2 weeks (or if you see that water levels have lowered) to replenish the water that evaporated or absorbed from the plants. Then, replace the water every 2-4 weeks.
Most tap water works great but distilled or filtered waters are recommended if available.
We recommend adding 1-2 of liquid nutrients to your plant’s water every month. If you see a new leaf or flower forming, you should add an additional drop of nutrients to further encourage and support new growth.
The key to maintaining that beautiful hue in your Anthurium is bright, indirect lighting! The more indirect sunlight they receive, the more your Anthurium will bloom.
They are pretty durable plants and can tolerate low light for a while. But, these conditions are not recommended since Anthurium does tend to slow growth and produce smaller flowers. On the flip side, don't place your plant in too much sunlight because that can dry out your plant and lead to leaf burns.
Anthurium loves warm temperatures (70-90 degrees Fahrenheit). Don't worry, these plants are highly adaptive and can grow in typical household temperatures. A general rule of thumb we like to follow is that if you are comfortable, then they will be comfortable too!
Stay away from extremes (anything below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit) because that can lead to health complications and slow plant growth.
Keeping humidity levels high is best for tropical plants like Anthurium. We recommend that you invest in a humidifier and run it for at least 1-2 hours a day to keep the humidifier levels balanced. Of course, you could always regularly mist your plant a couple times a day (depending on the dryness of your space).
A cool humidity hack we've heard of is to set a container of water near the plant, as the evaporating water will increase the humidity.
When propagating an Anthurium in water, we've had major success with using the division method. The division method is just gently remove soil to break up the mother plant (original calathea planted in dirt) into two or more smaller parts, where both the crown and roots are left in tact. Some roots are more acclimated to growing in soil than water. If you're propagating using the division method, we recommend cutting off the dirt roots off because the new root system comes in looking cleaner and less messy (overall, more aesthetically pleasing). But, it's totally optional if you decide to leave the roots on.
With the proper care and attention, you should see new growth in about 4-8 weeks!
Identification: The magenta hue in the anthurium's flowers are duller and darker, and some green will start creeping in from the edges
Cause: Don't worry, this is just a sign of old age! It’s normal for a mature spathe to show some fading in color over time.
How to treat:When the flowers fade, you want to remove the faded flowers to open up more energy for your plant to grow fresh, colorful flowers. Simply, cut at the base of the flower stem, closest to the base of the plant.
Identification: The anthurium's flowers are turning green, starting from the edges, some new spathes are blooming in a green color
Cause: Not enough sunlight
How to treat:Anthurium are tropical plants that prefer a lot of indirect, bright light throughout the day. Of course, finding the perfect lighting conditions can be difficult at first. We recommend placing your plant across from a bright window (away from any direct sun contact).
Identification:Yellow or brown blotches on the leaves, the plant begins to droop to one side
Cause: Temperature and/or humidity imbalance. If signs continue to persists after a few weeks, it can be a sign of nutrient deficiency (meaning, the plant isn't receiving enough nutrients).
How to treat:First start my removing any damaged leaves using a sterile knife or scissors. After, place your plant in a warmer area, away from any open windows or air vents. If you find that your home is generally dry, we recommend misting your plants daily or investing in a humidifier. To solve for nutrient deficiency, make sure to give your plant 1-2 drops of liquid nutrients every 4 weeks to help support growth.