How to Care for Anthurium

Anthurium is a plant with a few other names. It is commonly called Painted Lady, Flamingo Flower, Flamingo Lily or Tail Flower. These names all seem appropriate as the plant is very distinctive in form. The flower is the yellow part emerging from the red leaf. The heart shaped leaves are open forming, making this plant of flowing nature.

anthurium flower

Quick Care Guide

Soil: Half and half of regular soil and perlite (or orchid soil).

Water: Water every 2-3 days in summer and as required in winter. Don’t allow to sit in water.

Light: Bright but avoid direct sunlight.

Fertilizer: If using, use fertilizer with high phosphorous content.

Flowering: Can produce up to eight flowers a year. Remove dead flowers and leaves.

Propagation: The plant can be propagated by splitting, from seeds or tissue culture.

Best Soil Mix for Anthuriums

It can be considering both an inside and an outside plant depending on the climate. If you are growing this plant as a houseplant, half and half mix of potting soil and orchid soil or perlite will provide the kind of soil anthuriums prefer. This will ensure moisture will be free flowing.

Watering Anthuriums

However, plants should not be allowed to sit in water although they benefit from soaking as a mode of watering. Watering should be done every 2 to 3 days in the height of summer down to as required during winter.


Positioning is important. Anthuriums enjoy a bright area but not in direct sunshine. Avoid draughts and overheating close to a radiator.

Repotting Anthuriums

If your anthurium shows signs that it’s severely root bound, don’t wait to repot, as you may lose the plant. However, if your plant is just beginning to look crowded, it’s preferable to wait until new growth emerges in spring.


Anthuriums don’t require a lot of fertilizer but use a fertilizer that has a higher phosphorus number.

Anthurium Flowers

With care and attention, anthuriums can flower in a continual fashion. They might produce up to eight flowers throughout the year, each one lasting a couple of months. To maintain shape, cut dead flowers and leaves as they die off.

Cats and Pets

Pets, cats in particular, should avoid any contact with anthurium. These plants are poisonous to animals if eaten. Any pet who consumes any part of the plant must be taken to the vets for immediate attention.

With careful nurturing, anthuriums become stunning plants. If you are lucky enough to own one, we’re sure they will be a beautiful addition to your home.