Do's and Don'ts on Anthuriums

Taking care of Anthurium is easy, but if you don’t know the tricks, you may make a huge mistake without being aware of it. To avoid this, here are the Do’s and Don’ts on Anthurium that you need to jot down.


  1. Fertilizer

Fertilizer is needed for most plants, including Anthurium even though it does not need too much fertilizer. Anthurium only needs to be fertilized with a one-quarter strength fertilizer—once every three to four months. To generate the best blooming, you should use a fertilizer with a higher phosphorus number.

  1. Wipe down the leaves

Since Anthurium has thick leaves, chewing pest that feed on Anthurium leaves may not be a threat. However, sucking insects that feed on plant sap may be. While paying close attention to your Anthurium so any potential infestations can be caught early may be the best option available,—you may not have the time to do that. Therefore, wiping down the leaves with a Pyrethrin-based insecticide or using a horticultural soap or oil spray can help control the problem.

  1. Repotting

Your Anthurium may grow too big that it is no longer fit its container. This means that you need to repot your Anthurium. Failing to repot your Anthurium when it is needed will negatively affect you plant’s growth and overall health. Meanwhile, regularly repotting your plant will give you new pots of Anthuriums to share—or, even sell! You can repot your Anthurium by splitting the offshoots or cutting the stems. For the details, read .


  1. Overwatering

This is probably one of the most common care mistakes on Anthurium. We know that you love your plant, but remember too much water will do no good on your Anthurium—instead, it will lead to root rot which could severely affect the long-term health of your plant. Your Anthurium will thrive best when the soil has a chance to dry out in between waterings.

  1. Underwatering

If don’t want your Anthurium to be dead dry, don’t forget to water it. Overwatering is not recommended, but making sure that your plant is getting enough water is. If your Anthurium is completely drying out, you may need to soak the rootball for full rehydration—however, I am sure that you don’t want this to happen. So, stick to your watering schedule (it can be either once or twice a week), and your Anthurium will be fine.

  1. Too much sunlight

Placing your Anthurium in a bright place is okay, but placing it in a place with direct sunlight is a big no. Too much sunlight can get your Anthurium sunburn. If you notice that your Anthurium may be getting too much sunlight, immediately move it to a better location.

If you keep these Do’s and Don’ts on Anthurium care in mind, you will be able to keep your Anthurim from potential health risks and problems. And, more importantly, you will be able to enjoy its company in your house for years to come.



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