How To Prune Anthurium

Regular anthurium trimming is necessary to maintain the plant’s balance and erect posture. The stem may bow if older growth is allowed to stay on the plant, which could lead to stunted growth. Here are some pointers for pruning anthuriums safely:

Examine your anthurium plant carefully, then start pruning from the top down. Eliminate any dead or discolored leaves. Cut wilted or dead flowers all the way to the stem’s base. To make the plant look better, you can also pluck stray leaves, but be sure to leave three to five. Remove elder leaves first, if you can.

Anthurium suckers should be removed from the plant’s base since they consume energy and shrink the size of the flowers. Trim the suckers when they are young since trimming huge suckers could harm the plant’s root system.

Use high-quality cutting tools to prevent the plant from being more vulnerable to disease and pests by tearing and crushing stems. Wipe cutting implements with rubbing alcohol or a 10% bleach solution after each cut to avoid bacterial contamination.

Note that anthurium includes poisonous substances for both people and animals. When trimming anthuriums, put on gloves to protect your hands from mild skin irritations brought on by the sap.

Can anthuriums be reduced in number?

Even though anthuriums don’t grow as quickly as some other plants, there may come a moment when you want to think about cutting yours back. Perhaps it’s starting to look a little shaggy, or perhaps you’re hoping that by removing some of the established growth, blossoming will be encouraged. But are Anthuriums benefited by pruning? When and why should these plants be trimmed?

Regular pruning is not required for anthuriums. However, by removing leaves and blossoms that are dead or dying, you can increase the plant’s vitality and promote more active blossoming. Additionally, you may always make some aesthetic incisions to change the plant’s shape. Cut the petioles all the way back to where they connect to the stem when trimming.

Cutting off one of the main stems and repotting your Anthurium are other ways to increase its population. This is a great technique to slim down an out-of-control Flamingo Flower and revitalize an older plant that has lost its desire to bloom. If you use this technique, keep the cutting moist while it is taking root.

How frequently should anthuriums be pruned?

To maintain your anthurium plant happy and healthy, you should prune it sometimes. Additionally, it will extend the plant’s life. Because the plant can conserve energy by removing withered blooms and aged leaves. And when creating fresh leaves and flowers, such energy is quite useful! Read on for our advice on pruning anthuriums.

Anthurium pruning

You will need a pair of secateurs and a water-containing plant spray to prune at any time of year. Remove any tattered or dead leaves first. After that, cut off the stem of any wilted blooms at the plant’s base. By doing this, the plant may focus its energy on producing new, gorgeous blossoms rather than continuing to support the wilting flowers.

Next, examine the anthurium plant closely. Remove any leaves that don’t follow the plant’s natural shape. For instance, those that are growing too tall or at a strange angle. Keep at least four of the plant’s leaves attached at all times to prevent over-leaf removal. Finally, sprinkle water onto the leaves and stems using the plant spray.

Anthurium plant care

Anthurium plants require relatively little maintenance to maintain their attractive appearance for a very long period, making them very easy to care for. Your anthurium plant needs watering twice a week in the summer. Once a week will suffice during the winter. Try to keep the soil from drying out, but don’t water it excessively. Wait a week before watering again if the soil is wet.

The anthurium loves warmth and prefers high humidity because it is a tropical plant. Because of this, it, for instance, grows quite well in the bathroom. Put the plant somewhere bright, but out of direct sunshine. Additionally, keep it away from drafts and hot radiators because they detest both of those things.

How are anthurium stems cut?

Do you already own an Anthurium plant that you would like to duplicate in every way? You can just take cuttings and grow more anthuriums that way. You’d be surprised at how simple and enjoyable it is to do.

Propagate Anthuriums by cuttings

Cut a stem from the plant, remove all of the leaves that are near to the stem, then plant the cutting to grow an anthurium. Then separate the stem into several sections, each of which must have a minimum of one eye (leaf bud). In a pot with a loose, well-draining mixture of half sand and half peat, place the pieces upright. Preferably, wrap the cuttings in translucent plastic foil. Keep the potting soil slightly moist, ideally between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. Within a few weeks, the cuttings should begin to grow roots and leaves. Transplant the little plants into bigger pots once they are big enough to handle.

How can an anthurium plant be revitalized?

The best way to revive an anthurium plant

  • Put your plant somewhere brighter, but away from direct sunshine.
  • Only water it once every week.
  • Give it some additional plant food.
  • You can discover how to repot your plant in this article.

What are some uses for leggy anthurium?

Over time, anthuriums frequently lose their lower leaves and start to sag. Rachel Bernier in a photo

My anthurium has been blooming and growing for the past four years, but it has recently grown very spindly, has a lot of bare stem at the base, and can no longer even stand up on its own without being staked. Can I bury a portion of the bare stem in potting soil when I repot the plant, even though I know I should?

The anthurium, also known as the flamingo flower or painter’s palette (Anthurium andraeanum and its hybrids), is a well-liked indoor plant that can bloom all year long. It has an inflorescence that resembles a waxy, leathery, heart-shaped bract called a spathe. The spathe can be one of several colors, including red, pink, white, purple, green, or bicolor, and it has a slender yellow to cream spadix (spike) at the top. It also has heart-shaped leaves. It is the most well-known of about 1000 anthurium species that are all indigenous to the tropics of the New World.

Yes, you should lower the plant in its new pot in order to conceal the exposed stem.

The anthurium resembles the phalaenopsis orchid in many respects, growing similar thick aerial roots on a stem that grows over time even as the lower leaves slowly wither and are destroyed, transforming what was once a compact, dense plant into something rather awkward and even floppy. But if you repot the plant and cover the exposed stem with dirt, the plant will not only look shorter and denser and hence more attractive, but the covered roots will also begin to lengthen and give it new strength.

Additionally, after 4 years, the original potting soil has likely compacted and become tainted with mineral salts, which anthuriums abhor greatly. Therefore, I’d say it’s definitely time to repot your specimen. Lower it into its pot as you do so.

This is how:

First off, you can repot an anthurium at any time of year, but you’ll find that it recovers best between early spring and midsummer, when it is naturally growing the fastest.

Although the anthurium develops like an orchid, you can use regular potting soil, but it will actually prefer something lighter and better aerated, like orchid mix or a 50/50 mixture of orchid mix and houseplant mix. That will aid in simulating the natural epiphytic (on tree branches) growing circumstances of this plant.

A pot with drainage holes that is probably 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) larger than the original pot is also required.

Remove any dead or yellowing leaves and faded blossoms from the plant and give it a light cleaning before planting. Additionally, remove the stipules off the stem, those tiny brown growths that resemble leaves and were formerly used to shield the leaves when they were young and sensitive but now seem to dry up and hang on indefinitely, giving your plant an untidy appearance. Removing them is entirely justified because they are no longer needed.

Finally, thoroughly water your anthurium a few hours before potting it to prevent transplant shock by moistening the roots.

The growth mix should first be moistened by pouring it into a pail or basin, adding tepid water, and thoroughly mixing. It only has to be humid, not drenched in rain.

Turn the pot over down at this point, then tap the bottom of the pot with the palm of your hand while holding the plant’s base between your fingers. The root ball should come loose when you give it a somewhat forceful knock. Usually, this is all it takes, and the pot may be removed effortlessly.

Your plant is likely linked to the soil by thick roots that wrap around it. This is how anthuriums typically behave. If so, trim the very long ones and spread the others out by pulling on them. Work your fingers in and around the roots to remove as much of the old soil as you can. You can also use pruning shears to cut out any rotten or dead roots.

Additionally, it’s highly possible that the plant has generated a massive amount of roots—far more than it could possibly reasonably use—making it challenging to repot the plant. If so, drastically reduce the size of the rootball by removing up to one-third of the roots, particularly those at the bottom. This won’t harm the plant; on the contrary, it will help it recover more quickly.

You can use repotting as an opportunity to divide your plant if there are multiple plants in the pot, which is frequently the case. Simply pull a little to separate the plants and untangle their roots. Again, don’t worry if you need to remove a few roots to accomplish this.

By this time, the old soil ought to have mostly disappeared, leaving you with an almost bare-root plant that is prepared for potting.

Put some potting soil in the bottom of the new container before laying the plant on top of it, lowering it from where it was before so that its exposed stem will be covered. Sometimes you have to hold it and push it down because otherwise it will almost immediately pop out of its pot!

Add potting mix while maintaining the plant’s center and desired depth. Use a stick, a pencil, or your fingers to push the potting mix into the plant’s roots. Work the soil well around the plant’s roots; if it wobbles, add additional soil and work it in deeper. You want the plant to establish itself firmly in its new surroundings.

Once the plant has recovered from the shock, water it thoroughly, then put it in the shade for a few days. Then, relocate it back to its preferred setting, probably somewhere with moderate light but not too much direct sun.

Some anthuriums can reach heights of 4 to 8 inches (10, 15, or 20 cm), or even more, with their bare stems.

because, at least without using a very deep container, it would just not be possible to cover every single bare stem as you repot. Instead of just repotting the plant in this situation, the top should be taken off and rooted.

Cut the stem to leave about 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 cm) of bare stem at the cutting. Clean up the cutting once more, getting rid of any stipules, older or yellowing leaves, and any blossoms (don’t worry, more will emerge soon enough!). Use the same extra-light potting soil—orchid mix or half orchid mix, half houseplant soil—that is recommended for adult plants.

To form a hole in the center, insert a stick or pencil and fill a clean pot roughly the same size as the first one with the pre-moistened mix to within 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the upper pot edge. No rooting hormone is necessary, so simply slide the cutting into the hole and lightly compact the mixture around it to keep it erect. Water wisely.

To maintain high humidity, cover the pot with a clear plastic dome or bag and relocate it to a warm, dimly lit area out of the direct sun. When new leaves start to grow, the cutting has taken root and can be uncovered and relocated to its usual location.

After you’ve removed the plant’s top, repot the plant’s base using the techniques outlined above rather than throwing it away. A new stem will start to develop right below the previous one’s cut-back location within a few weeks, and the plant will soon recover entirely. In around 6 months, it’ll probably start to blossom again.

Consequently, you now have two anthuriums rather than just one. Next Christmas, someone’s going to receive a lovely homemade gift!

Don’t let your anthurium get this bad in the future. Repot your plant on average every two years, while the naked stem is still reasonably short and simple to bury, and before the soil has a chance to become contaminated. Your anthurium will remain lovely in this manner.

Can anthurium leaves be cut?

An anthurium can be pruned for a number of reasons. The most crucial one is: you can take your time and enjoy it! Because an anthurium plant expends a lot of energy trying to revive wilting blossoms and aged foliage. However, if you remove them, the plant will be able to use that energy to produce fresh blossoms and leaves! That is what we desire, right? Everything you need to know about pruning an anthurium is covered in this article.

How are anthuriums kept from blooming?

Anthuriums are renowned for their extravagant, exotic flower bracts, which frequently bloom all year long and appear in vivid hues of red, pink, and white. Therefore, it can be very upsetting if your anthurium isn’t flowering while generating foliage that seems healthy.

Why isn’t my anthurium in bloom? Since anthuriums are fussy about their surroundings, problems like wet soil or inadequate illumination might keep them from flowering. By giving your anthurium plenty of indirect sunlight, appropriate watering, high humidity, and weekly feedings with diluted phosphorus-rich fertilizer, you may encourage it to bloom.

Seek out a copy of my book, “Houseplants Made Easy,” if you want to maintain all of your indoor plants healthy and flowering year after year.