How Often To Water Anthuriums – Helpful Anthurium Watering Instructions

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Anthuriums are interesting, lesser-known plants. They’ve been undergoing a lot of breeding and cultivating recently, though, and they’re starting to make a comeback. The comeback is well deserved, as the flowers have a unique look and low maintenance requirements, particularly when it comes to water. Keep reading to learn more about anthurium water requirements.

How Often to Water Anthuriums

Anthuriums are slow growing plants that produce flat, spade-shaped leaves and strange, colorful flowers. The most noticeable part of the flower is the spathe, which is actually a single leaf that ranges in color from milk white to deep burgundy. Rising above the spathe is the spadix, a tall, narrow spike in varying colors that is the actual flower. Watering anthuriums is easy, though a little counterintuitive. Although they’re tropical plants that thrive in high humidity, anthurium water requirements are very light. Anthuriums have big, fleshy roots that rot easily in waterlogged soil, so they really only need to be watered once a week or so. You’ll know when to water an anthurium if you allow the soil to dry out noticeably first. Once the topsoil is dry to the touch, give it a good watering and leave it alone until it’s dried out again.

Helpful Anthurium Watering Instructions

That being said, you can’t completely do away with watering anthuriums. If the plant dries out too much, the tips of the leaves will start to yellow. One good way to work with anthurium water requirements is to hold off on repotting the plant. If your anthurium becomes a little bit rootbound, its container won’t retain as much water and the plant will actually benefit from it. You don’t have to worry about hurting it, as anthurium is one of those plants that actually do better when left a bit rootbound.

Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.