How to Propagate Anthurium

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Things You'll Need

  • Anthurium plant

  • Pruning shears

  • 10-inch diameter clay pot

  • Potting soil

  • Water


Anthurium also grows easily from seed, but the seeds are rare and locating them can be difficult.

Anthurium is also called a flamingo flower.

The anthurium flower is also known by the more descriptive name of flamingo flower. it is a subtropical plant that has large, heart-shaped green leaves. The flower, which grows on a tall stem, is a deep pink color that resembles a flamingo. In warm climates, the plant will bloom year-round, with each bloom lasting for approximately six weeks before falling off. Propagation of the anthurium plant is easily done by taking a cutting.

Step 1

Locate an existing anthurium plant to take a cutting from. Use pruning shears to cut off a length of one stem that is at least 6 inches long. Choose a stem that has two to three sets of leaves on it.

Step 2

Fill a 10-inch diameter clay plant pot 3/4 full with a well-drained potting soil. Choose a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom of it.

Step 3

Create a hole in the center of the soil that is 2 to 3 inches deep. You can use your finger or another object such as the handle of a garden spade to create the hole.

Step 4

Stick the cut end of the anthurium cutting all the way into the hole and fill in the hole with additional potting soil. If the lower leaves of the cutting sink into the hole or touch the soil, pull them off using your fingers.

Step 5

Water the soil until it is saturated. Thereafter, water the soil at least every other day and do not let the top layer dry out. Anthuriums typically grow in rain forests, and thus prefer moist conditions.

Step 6

Place the cutting in a location that has high humidity and filtered sunlight. Wait for the roots to develop on the plant, which will take approximately four to six weeks. You will know that roots have developed when you begin to see new foliage or the cutting grows taller.


Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.