Anthuriums provide impressive color to the home, and they do it all with their foliage. These indoor tropical plants have deep green glossy leaves as well as additional modified leaves—also referred to as their flowers—that are bright red, orange, white, pink or purple in color. These plants have a long flowering period and bloom at their best during the winter holiday season. For this reason they are often sold as potted holiday plants. Proper watering is vital. Anthuriums cannot tolerate too much water or soggy soil.

The modified leaf, or flower, of an anthurium plant.

Step 1

Check the soil moisture with your finger before each watering. Stick your finger into the top of the soil and water only if the top 2 to 3 inches of soil are beginning to feel dry.

Step 2

Water the anthurium from the top of the pot until the excess moisture begins draining out the bottom of the pot. Irrigate at the base of the plant and avoid wetting the foliage.

Step 3

Empty the drip tray 30 minutes after watering so the plant is not left to sit in the standing water. Standing water causes soggy soil and leads to root rot.

Step 4

Fertilize the plant every other month with a half-strength soluble, 10-20-10 analysis fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer in water at half the rate recommended on the fertilizer label and water the anthurium with the solution.