Perhaps you received a beautiful anthurium plant as a gift or you bought one as a memento of your Hawaiian vacation and now you are asking yourself: “How do I keep this stunning, tropical plant alive?”
Fortunately for you, as long as you can follow a few simple anthurium care guidelines, you’ll have no problem keeping your new anthurium plant alive for years to come.
The number one thing that you have to do is water your plant properly. Anthuriums are very hardy plants, but like all plants they need to be watered regularly. You should water them every 1 to 3 days, depending on the humidity level and temperature, but you must be careful not to over-water them. Make sure that the pot that you have placed them in drains well. If their roots are allowed to sit in standing water they will experience root rot.
You should keep your anthurium plant indoors and out of direct sunlight, which can burn their flowers and leaves. As long as the temperature is comfortable for you, your anthurium will be fine. They like temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees, just like most humans do.
Pests and Diseases
If you keep your anthurium plant indoors, the good news is that you are unlikely to run into any problems with pests, like scales, thrips and aphids. But if you do run into these pests you can deal with most of them by misting the leaves of your anthurium with water and wiping them down with a soft cloth. If this is not enough, you can apply an insecticidal soap to keep these pests under control.
In outdoor farms, a soil borne, bacterial blight can decimate whole swaths of anthurium plants. But again, you are in luck, because by keeping your plant indoors they can escape this deadly menace. The main disease, your anthurium will face, is a nasty fungus that can gobble up your anthurium plant. But, as long as you don’t over-water your anthurium and you make sure it is potted in a soil that drains well this should not be an issue. However, if you do run into this scourge, you can control it with any of a number of fungicides.
You anthurium does not require much in the way of nutrition. Over fertilizing it is a much bigger risk than under fertilizing it. A light, quarter strength solution of 3:1:2 ratio fertilizer every 3 to 6 months is more than enough to keep your anthurium healthy and happy.
As you can see, keeping your anthurium alive is a simple process. Just remember to water it regularly and make sure that its roots are never exposed to standing water and your anthurium will live a very long time.