How you should care for an indoor anthurium plant

Native to Central and South America, there are roughly 1,000 different species of anthurium plants. They’re perennials, and although they can be grown outdoors in warmer climates, they’re rather one of the most compatible houseplants for indoor spaces, and are very much often seen in an indoor garden collection. Some gardeners will grow them to admire their foliage, others for the beautiful colors the anthurium has to offer.

But be aware, this plant is rather fussy. As most plants do, the anthurium needs certain care conditions to be met in order to really thrive. You may end up doing a bit of trial and error, but it will be worth it to have this beautiful plant in your home. So, how do you care for an anthurium plant indoors?

Close-up of a misted anthurium bloom

Is it easy to grow anthurium plants indoors?

As with most indoor plants, your anthurium will do best when potted with a well-draining soil in a container that has good drainage. You want to keep the soil moist when watering, but not wet (as you don’t want your anthurium sitting in soggy soil and potentially rotting). To avoid repotting too much, it would be ideal to use a pot that the anthurium can grow into instead of out of. If needed, repotting should only be done when the plant’s roots fill the space. When you see roots begin to come above the soil, that means it’s time to repot.

You may notice as your anthurium grows, too, that it isn’t supporting itself too well. When they grow in their natural environment, anthuriums tend to grow off our plants instead of in soil. So, you may need to provide it with some additional support in the form of a garden stake or skewer.

How do you water anthurium plants?

Anthuriums prefer an environment in which the soil is moist, not wet, and never dries out completely. In a pot with good drainage, you should be better able to avoid overwatering your anthurium by paying close attention to when the water begins to seep out the bottom and into the tray. You’ll know that it’s time to water again when the top of the soil is dry to the touch.

Since they prefer a moist environment, anthuriums will require regular watering. Be wary of overwatering and drowning the plant. Anthuriums are prone to root rot if the soil is too wet for too long. On the other hand, allowing the soil to dry out too much will slow the growth of the plant and make it more difficult for the roots to become wet again. Unlike hardy houseplants, the anthurium is one that will need to be more closely monitored to ensure you’re providing it with the care it needs.

Indoor potted anthurium on a table

What type of soil do anthuriums prefer?

To create the perfect soil environment for anthuriums, you’ll need a well-draining soil. The ideal potting mix would be one that was designed for orchids with some additional sand and peat moss. Anthuriums need the soil to drain well but be able to hold some water so that it stays moist. If you are unable to do the orchid mix with sand and peat moss, you can also try a half-and-half mixture of regular houseplant potting soil and orchid mix. This will give you a similar environment to the one with sand and peat moss, and your anthurium will still be happy.

What’s the best light for anthuriums?

Anthuriums can grow in all levels of indirect lighting, so if you live in a dimmer space, you still have a shot at keeping an anthurium as a houseplant. Keep in mind, though, that anthuriums grown in lower lighting will grow slower and have fewer flowers than those grown in bright, indirect lighting. The one place you absolutely don’t want it is in direct lighting. Anthuriums have low tolerance for direct sunlight, and their leaves will easily burn. The best growing environment is bright, indirect light.

Remember that anthuriums are still tropical plants. They grow in humid, moist environments. Recreating these conditions as best you can will give your anthurium the best shot at thriving. When it’s colder/drier out, you’ll want to mist your plant to increase humidity levels or even run a humidifier.

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