How to Grow & Care For Anthurium at Home

Anthuriums are common tropical plants that grow in many shapes and sizes. Most varieties of anthuriums are low maintenance. They can be grown indoors or outdoors. Anthuriums will reward you with unique and long-lasting flowers. Let’s dive into the common varieties and learn how to grow and care for this stunning plant.

Anthurium Varieties

There are many species of anthurium that you can grow at home. Here are the most famous varieties for home gardening;

Anthurium scherzerianum (Flamingo lily)

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Anthurium scherzerianum, also known as the flamingo lily, is a popular cultivar of anthurium flowers. This variety comes in red and pink. The spathe can be green, white, or pink, while the spadix changes its color to yellow, orange, or black during the flowering period. This variety blooms all year round and requires medium light levels to grow well.

Anthurium andreanum (Tail flower)

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This variety has heart-shaped leaves that are similar to Anthurium scherzerianum. This variety can grow to about 1-feet tall and produce red, pink, or white, variegated flowers. It flowers all year round and needs bright light conditions to thrive.

Anthurium Amnicola (Tulip Anthuriums)

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This variety has beautiful, waxy, green leaves with a glossy sheen; however, it is smaller than andreanum varieties. The flowers are shaped like tulips and come in purple, pink, and white shades. This type of anthurium is ideal as an indoor plant. Alternatively, you can have it as a potted plant on the terrace as they don’t require much sun exposure but do need daily watering.

Anthurium Superbum (Birds Nest Anthuriums)

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This is a non-flowering anthurium species. It has broad and rounded dark green foliage, growing to 18 inches long. The leaves follow an upright growth pattern creating a sculptured, prehistoric look. The vertical growing leaves take the shape of a bowl that allures nesting birds. Anthurium superbum species is among the hardiest anthurium varieties. It makes one of the best low-drama houseplants.

Anthurium crystallinum

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This variety is also known as crystal anthurium. It has attractive, oval-shaped furry green leaves with bright veins. The tender leaves start as pale colors and turn out dark green as they mature. Anthurium crystallinum does not tolerate frost. It thrives when grown indoors and ensures they have well-draining soil.

Anthurium Care and Maintenance

Anthuriums endure different levels of indirect light, however, growing them in low light settings lowers their growth rate and flower production. Even so, do not expose anthuriums to bright direct sunlight as this can burn the leaves. Plant them in bright but indirect light.

Other caring tips include;

  • Regularly wipe the leaves with a wet cloth. Doing so helps in maintaining shiny and dust-free leaves. 
  • Repot your anthurium flowers as soon as ariel roots start appearing.
  • Boost the growth of your anthuriums by pruning, dying, or wilting leaves.

Propagating Anthuriums

There are three different ways of propagating anthuriums;

  • By subdividing the plants when you’re reporting them.
  • From root cuttings
  • Stem cuttings

Propagating by root cuttings may need you to use a rooting hormone to trigger rooting.

Additionally, you can grow anthuriums from seeds. However, this is a slow process. It may take you up to 4 years to witness the flowering. 

Anthuriums Growing Conditions

Water

Anthuriums love moist and well-draining soil. Indoor anthuriums require watering at least once a week. Before you water your indoor plants, the soil must feel dry to your touch. The watering for outdoor plants can be as frequent as 2-3 days during hot days.

Temperature & Humidity

Most anthurium species are native to tropical regions. Anthuriums prefer high humidity environments with temperatures in the range of 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Protect them from temperatures below 40 degrees. In dry climates, misting the plants daily helps maintain high humidity.

Anthuriums Pests and Diseases

Just like any other houseplant, anthuriums are affected by;

  • Mealybugs
  • Aphids
  • Scales
  • Spider mites
  • Whitefly

These pests can lower the growth rate of your plants, and in some cases, they can destroy the plants completely. To maintain healthy anthuriums, research how to get rid of mealybugs, aphids, and other pests.

Conclusion

Anthuriums are beautiful plants to introduce to your home garden. Identify your favorite varieties from our selection above and introduce them to your home today. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips.

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