Anthurium Care - Knowledgebase Question

Simi Valley, CA
Question by jpas
February 28, 2000
I just received my Anthurium a couple of week ago and I was surprised that there were not any instruction or hints to help with how to care for the plant. Can you please give me instructions on how to transplant it and how much water it will need. I also would like to know that in the cold months since it is a tropical plant would keeping it in the bathroom near the shower help in getting it the humidity it needs.


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Answer from NGA
February 28, 2000

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Anthurium likes average household warmth (minimum 60F in winter), bright - but not direct sunlight - and damp soil. Mist the leaves once or twice a day. It's not an easy plant to grow, but if it's happy an Anthurium will bloom from spring through summer.

You shouldn't have to transplant your anthurium for quite a while. When it becomes overgrown, new plants are established by digging the entire plant, then dividing the roots and potting up the separated pieces. When separating, be sure that each piece has roots - they won't develop roots on their own once separated from the parent plant, so don't try to root them in water.

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