New plant parent? Conquer flamingo flower fears! This ultimate anthurium care guide covers watering, light, & secrets to year-round blooms. Don’t let the beauty of the blooms fade with these simple tips!
Anthurium lilies are so fun to grow. They have beautiful waxy flowers, require minimal effort from you, and aim to please.
When my daughter Shana and I went shopping several years ago at one of my favorite local nurseries, she was immediately drawn to this pretty little houseplant and wanted to grow it.
Since then, he’s moved around a bit and has adapted to the different environments from our former home to our current home.
And he took a bit of a beating last summer during the extreme heat as I kept it on the front porch that kept toppling over in the wind and busting his pot. Because it was so hot, I was a little lazy about repotting it.
But you know what?
This little plant is tough as nails and can take almost anything you throw at it. And he’s been in great shape since then. So if you think you can’t grow houseplants or are new to indoor plant parenthood, I encourage you to try growing an anthurium lily. Because it is a great starter plant.
Read on to learn how to care for them and you’ll be rewarded with an incredible flowering houseplant that’s easy care and fun to grow.
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Anthurium Lily Care
Anthurium Andraeanum, the common name Flamingo Plant, is a popular type of flowering tropical plant that is native to the tropical regions of the Americas.
They are indoor plants that are known for their bright, heart-shaped flowers that come in a range of colors.
Anthuriums are relatively easy to care for, but they do have specific needs that must be met to thrive and flower well. And while that may sound scary, it’s pretty easy. Here’s what you need to know.
One of the most important things to consider when caring for a flamingo lily is its light requirements. These tropical plants prefer bright indirect light. They should not be placed in direct sunlight as it can cause the leaves to scorch.
And if your anthurium is not getting enough light, its flowers may become pale or its leaves may become smaller.
So the plant will pretty much tell you when it’s not happy and you can make the proper adjustments. I’ve come to learn its a very forgiving plant.
Anthuriums also requires well-draining moist soil that is allowed to dry out between waterings.
This means, don’t water your anthurium on the same day of each week. Instead, check the soil for dryness on the same day each week in an effort to avoid soggy soil that will rot the roots.
Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s really important to allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
When we water on the same day each week without actually checking the soil, we do more harm than good.
And the surface of the soil is not telling with regard to how soggy it actually is. You can learn how to check for soil dryness with this easy test.
These plants also benefit from regular fertilization but don’t need much to flower. During the growing season, I use a slow-release fertilizer that lasts a few months instead of a liquid fertilizer that lasts a few days to a week. It’s an easier approach to houseplant care when you set and forget.
Be sure not to give anthuriums too little or too much fertilizer as it can burn the roots and cause plant decline. Always follow the label recommendations with whatever fertilizer you choose.
Remember, more fertilizer does not mean better.
To provide the best anthurium care, try to give it humid environment if you can.
While they are tropical plants that thrive in high humidity, they can also handle less humid conditions too. But low humidity levels can be easily corrected too.
If you have dry air in your home, the best way to increase the humidity level around your anthurium is by placing it on a humidity tray of pebbles filled with water, using a humidifier, or misting the leaves regularly.
Pro-tip: if there is a lack of humidity in your home, you can group several houseplants together to create their own microclimate.
The ideal conditions for anthuriums are warm environments, with temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
They can tolerate cooler temperatures, but should not be exposed to frost or freezing temperatures. So keep your anthurium lily away from cold drafts, particularly during the cold winter months.
During summer months, I bring my anthurium plant outdoors where it can enjoy warm temperatures and humid conditions in a protected area on the front porch.
When you move them outdoors, make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight or the leaves will scorch.
Overall, anthuriums are low-maintenance plants that are easy to care that will reward you with beautiful, long-lasting flowers.
5 Reasons You Should Grow an Anthurium
Since I started growing these pretty houseplants a few years ago, I can tell you how resilient anthuriums are making them a great easy-care plant to grow. Anthurium lily care is minimal, but the plant does have some needs to be met.
Here’s why you should grow an anthurium lily.
Bright, Colorful, and Beautiful Flowers
One of the most appealing features of anthuriums is their bright, colorful flowers.
The flowers are long-lasting and can add a pop of color to any room or outdoor living space in warmer climates.
If you are looking for a houseplant that blooms with ease, look no further than the flamingo plant.
Anthurium Lily Care Is Low Maintenance
Anthuriums are relatively easy to care for, making them a good choice for beginners or those with busy schedules. For best results, keep this tropical houseplant in a warm, environment with relative humidity, bright light that is indirect, and well-draining soil.
I’ve found them to be resilient houseplants that can bounce back after stress without succumbing to serious plant decline making it the perfect plant for beginners or those that want to grow houseplants with little time for coddling.
As an aside, if you’ve got a plant that needs to be revived, you can check out my best tips here.
Air Purifying Plant
Anthuriums have been shown to have air-purifying properties and can help improve the air quality in your home or office.
They are particularly effective at removing harmful toxins such as formaldehyde and ammonia from the air.
Since embarking on my houseplant journey several years ago, I’ve noticed my family and I suffer from less colds and touches of flu since before growing them.
So I believe that houseplants improve the quality of our indoor air. And since the anthurium is an easy-care plant that has air-purifying properties, it’s totally worth growing in your home.
Anthuriums are known for producing long-lasting waxy flowers that can remain vibrant for several weeks or months.
This makes them a great choice for adding splashes of color without the need for frequent replacements to brighten up indoor spaces.
Anthuriums are versatile plants that can be grown in a variety of settings.
Whether you grow them indoors or outdoors, they can be grown in pots or planters with the perfect potting mix, making them a good choice for those with limited spaces too.
Anthurium Care: How to Repot an Anthurium
Repotting these popular houseplants is a simple process that can help provide the plant with fresh soil and a larger pot as it grows.
Here’s how to repot an anthurium:
- Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current pot. Make sure the pot has drainage holes to allow excess water to drain out.
- Gently remove your flamingo plant from its current container. You may need to gently loosen the roots or use a knife to carefully cut the pot away from the root ball if the plant is pot-bound.
- Place a layer of course, well-draining soil in the bottom of the new pot.
- Then place the anthurium in the pot and fill in around the root ball with more soil, making sure to leave about 1 inch of space between the top of the soil line and the rim of the pot.
- Water the plant thoroughly to help settle the soil and encourage the roots to grow.
- Keep the plant in a warm, humid location with bright, indirect light and water regularly.
Be gentle when removing your flamingo plant from its current pot and handle the roots carefully to avoid damaging them.
Anthurium Care FAQs
Are Anthurium Plants Poisonous to Cats?
Anthurium plants are not considered to be poisonous to cats, but they can cause digestive issues if ingested. The plants contain calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause irritation and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and throat if ingested.
In severe cases, ingestion of anthurium plants can cause difficulty breathing and other serious symptoms. It’s important to keep anthurium plants out of reach of pets, especially cats, to prevent accidental ingestion. If you suspect that your cat has ingested part of an anthurium plant, seek veterinary care as soon as possible.
How Often Should I Water My Anthurium?
If you aren’t sure how often to water your flamingo plant, make sure the soil dries out before you water. Dig your finger about an inch to two inches into the soil and see if it’s wet. If it’s dry, it is time to water. If you’d rather not use your finger, you can also use a moisture meter to help you know when it’s okay to water.
What Does an Overwaterd Anthurium Look Like?
You’ll know you’ve overwatered your flamingo plant when you notice yellowing leaves that may look wilted. The soil may feel constantly damp and you might smell a foul odor, indicating root rot. To remedy, remove from the pot, clean as much of the soil off the roots as possible, then repot in a fresh, clean, and dry container.
Why Does My Anthurium Have Brown Tips?
If you see brown tips on your flamingo flower plant, exposure to direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, or dry air can be the culprit. Move the plant to a more suitable location, with bright indirect light, Keep in mind that over or underwatering anthurium plants can also turn the leaves brown too.
How to Keep My Anthurium Red and Blooming?
To keep your anthurium lily plant blooming, make sure it’s getting plenty of bright light, warmth and humidity. Feed it regularly with a balanced fertilizer. I like to use this slow release fertilizer to feed all my houseplants and keep them blooming.
If your anthurium lily flowers change color, don’t worry. That is a natural occurance as they mature. And there are also some bi-colored varieties that my have different colored blooms too.
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