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Anthurium: The Flower with a Heart

Updated on August 12, 2016
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Kenna writes about the care of plants (indoors, outdoors, and in gardens). She wrote an orchid care booklet—a companion piece for workshops.


Flamingo Flower

People familiar with the plant say it looks like tailflower. The plant is truly on fire like a flamingo dancer. The anthurium is commonly called “The Flower with a Heart.” A tropical plant by nature with unrelenting deep red, pink and white heart shapes that offer the message of everlasting love.


Caring for the Plant

Like most tropical plants, caring for the anthurium is quite easy as long as they don't get too cold. You can water the anthurium completely just about every week. I always let them dry out and then water them all over again.

You want to make sure they grow evenly, and since they like the light, give them a quarter turn each time you water them. The plant's color will stay balanced with even grow throughout the plant.

Keep the anthurium warm, around 78 to 90 degrees. At night, the temperature can go a little lower, around 70 to 75 degrees.


Lots of Light

The most important factor to keep in mind about caring for these plants is to make sure the plant has lots of light indoors. Think of it as a math equation, the more light you give your plant the better the plant will grow. You want to make sure its indirect light only. Direct sunlight over a long period of time will hurt the plant. By nature, the plant lives in lush, shady tropical forests, so all the sunlight is filtered. However, if the plant is in low-quality light for a long period of time, it will stop flowering. Long, stretching leaves on the anthurium means the light is too low.


It is important to fertilize your plant, but you need to use a light fertilizer solution. To be safe, I dilute the fertilizer to a quarter of the normal strength.

Cleaning the Plant

Indoor plants love to be clean because it helps them breathe and grow. I gently spray water on the foliage and wipe very carefully. I do this at least once a week, so the plant is clean and pest free. I also wipe the undersides as well because pests usually like to hide under the plant leaves and petals. I have learned that the anthurium attracts the usual indoor plant pests. If I keep a watchful eye on my plant, I stay on top of the pests. Rarely, do I ever have to treat the plant.

Well-Drained Soil

I recommend that you check the soil once in awhile to make the water is draining properly. The only time you have to worry about the plant is when water can't drain through the soil very well. The disease can set in if the plant is in a lot of humidity and temperature is higher than normal. Again, well-drained soil prevents any disease from starting.

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Express Your Love

If you want to express your love, anthurium is the plant to give. You can also be subtle by giving a pink, lavender or white anthurium; yet with the tropical plant’s heart shapes the love is still on fire. If you don’t feel you are expressing your burning desire enough, place the heart shape plant in a reddish orange container meaning desire, pleasure and a thirst for action.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh


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