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Why is My Anthurium Losing Flowers?

Anthurium is a beautiful plant flaunting its pretty-looking flowers in different colors. Usually, they are in a pinkish-red glowing shade.

The plants’ heart-shaped green leaves intensify their beauty. Isn’t it depressing when you lose flowers of those enchanting Anthuriums?

Anthurium blooms are also commonly known as flamingo flowers.

In the initial days of bringing an Anthurium to my home, it was all about admiring it. However, as the days passed by, my concern developed when the flowers were dying out.

After some time, I realized that Anthuriums are great care seeker plants. They are prone to wilting, losing flowers, or discoloring if not given attention.

In general, Anthurium losing flowers is a natural process; however, it is not always the same case. The causal factors for the loss of its flowers could be watering issues, cold temperature, improper lighting, humidity, or the wrong potting mix. 

Blooming Anthuriums (Source: Unsplash.com)

Your heart might be dancing when you see your Anthuriums looking perfectly vigorous. Yet, it is pretty frustrating if they are not flowering despite their sturdy, healthy leaves.

It is not a good sight when you see missing gorgeous flowers in many green Anthurium leaves.

As this article covers the losing flowers of Anthurium, we will be discussing how to take care of them and the possible solutions for its causes.

Keep on reading to fill in more about the losing causes of the flowers.

Is it Normal for Anthurium To Lose Flowers?

The normality issue of Anthurium losing flowers is both normal and abnormal, depending on the causes.

While you are concerned about your Anthuriums not flowering, they might be going through health issues or just a natural lifecycle.

It is usual for Anthurium to lose flowers. The process of getting born, living and dying is the way of nature’s cycle.

A similar phenomenon applies to the flowers of your Anthurium. They grow, die, and are again reborn.

Anthuriums blossom the whole year-round. Nevertheless, they prefer the spring and summertime of the year more. It is because usually, fewer flowers are grown during winter and due to less lighting.

However, the flowers last about 2-3 months after they start budding. After that, their color fades away and starts to wither.

It is not normal for Anthurium to lose flowers. Other factors can also be affecting the issue due to lack of attention and unsuitable conditions.

Yet, do not be in peace knowing that losing flowers is a natural method.

In hindsight, Anthurium flowers can last long months throughout the year if taken care of properly.

Do not panic if there is something wrong. Instead, continue reading to figure out probable reasons and their solutions.

Flamingo Flowers Turning Green

Do not worry if your flamingo flowers are turning green in color. It is a sign of aging.

Flamingo Flowers turning Green (Source: Pexels)

Initially, you will see streaks of green, and later the whole flower entirely becomes green. It is perfectly normal as a natural lifecycle.

Some flowers can turn green prematurely due to unnatural push in their growth through greenhouse effects by cultivars.

Common Reasons for Anthurium to Lose Flowers

Anthurium is a fussy plant when it comes to taking care of them. They are not easy, peeps!

ReasonsPrevention Solution
Overwatering the PlantWater once a week in summer and once in two weeks in winter.Check 1 - 2 inches of topsoil to dry completely before re-watering.
UnderwateringWater your plant with 1/2 a cup every week.Rehydrate by thoroughly soaking the root balls in water by digging them out.
Insufficient LightProvide bright indirect sunlight.Expose to natural sunlight or even artificial lighting.
Temperature IssueIdeal temperature: 70 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit.Avoid extreme heat or cold.
Low HumidityKeep the humidity level above 50%.Use mist sprays, pebble trays, and humidifiers.
Wrong Potting MixMix of equal partition of pine bark, perlite, and peat moss.Take tests to measure the quality of the potting mix.

1. Overwatering the Plant

Too much of anything is not good. Similar goes for your plants while watering.

Overwatering causes the most common problem – Root Rot. It leads to the death of the plant. Look out for wilting leaves and flowers!

The leaf color can turn yellow but not brown and feels very mushy.

It means that some extra care needs to be given to your Anthuriums.

Prevention

During summer, watering your Anthuriums once a week is good. Whereas watering them once in two weeks is ideal in the winter season.

Also, while selecting the pot, always go for a good drainage system pot. The potholes help from overwatering the plants by draining out excess water from the pot.

Solution

The frequency of watering your plant might vary with different seasons of the year. For example, summers make the soil dry faster, whereas winter keeps the soil moist for a long time.

Sometimes you might be pooling the plant on top of moist soil.

Be wary of checking 1 – 2 inches of topsoil to dry completely before re-watering them. You can check it with a wooden stick or even with your finger.

2. Underwatering the Plant

Underwatering dries out the soil, making them hard. In addition, it causes blockage of nutrients and clogs in the roots of the plant.

Therefore, you will experience patchy brown leaves of your Anthurium due to a lack of water supply.

Optimum Watering to your Anthuriums (Source: Unsplash)

Prevention

Many articles do suggest adding ice cubes to the Anthurium soil. However, I do not think it is a good idea. The coldness of ice can sometimes give a shock to the plants.

As a low-risk taker, I would recommend watering your plant with 1/2 a cup every week. Yet if you still want to try out ice cubes, then place six cubes every on the plant’s soil.

Try keeping the soil of your Anthuriums well hydrated and moist, especially from March to September.

Solution

If your plant is completely dried out, it may show the symptoms of curly brown leaves. Rehydrating is a way out by thoroughly soaking your rootballs in water by digging them out.

3. Insufficient Light

In the beginning days of getting an Anthurium home, I didn’t realize the good amount of lighting the plant required. But, unlike other indoor plants, they are light-hungry plants.

Anthuriums have a high demand for abundant lighting. Therefore, 9 hours a day of good lighting exposure is excellent for your flowers to bloom vibrantly.

Generally, direct sunlight is not preferred by Anthuriums. However, indirect light is the best way out to provide enough energy for them to bloom.

Whereas direct light or the impact of the scorching sun only makes them dehydrated.

Indirect Sunlight (Source: Unsplash)

Prevention

Dark or low-light rooms do not encourage flowering. However, your Anthuriums can absorb bright indirect sunlight through the following.

  • Placing the plant near a window
  • Receiving the sun’s reflection through mirrors
  • Subtle, indirect lighting is received through the sunlight reflection from nearby objects.

Be wary of the hints of the plant through its leaf color. For example, dark green leaves indicate a sign of lack of sunlight.

Solution

If you find out that your Anthurium is not receiving enough, hurry up and place them in bright indirect light.

Natural lighting
  • South-facing rooms or west-facing windows are the ideal options to shift your plant.
  • East-facing windows are also not a problem since the sun hits in the early morning with good wind rushes.
  • Window with curtains: you can opt for a place near the window with translucent curtains, which lets in sunlight but avoids the direct sun glare.
  • Window without curtains: it is better to keep your plant further away, around 4 – 6 feet from the window.
Artificial lighting

The most favorable lighting other than the natural one is LED lights. They are readily available and cheap too. Before directing them on your plants, experiment to find an idyllic area.

Begin with six hours of LED light for adjustments and progressively increase it to 9 hours a day. You can alter the closeness of LED lights depending on the heat it eliminates.

During winter, 16 hours of light exposure would be better due to fewer hours of sunlight.

Whereas in summer, if you expose your plant to indirect sunlight for a few hours, an additional six hours of lighting would be great to boost flowering.

4. Temperature Issue

Anthuriums is fond of warm environments. However, they find it challenging to grow in coldness.

Avoid Cold Temperature (Source: Unsplash)

Even the temperature of the water is recommended to be lukewarm and not cold.

Water temperature is to be considered too apart from the surrounding. It is because it will directly impact the leaves and flowers of the plant, making them brown or curled up.

Prevention

Things can get worse due to a lack of awareness. Therefore, it is essential to know what temperature your plants prefer.

During the daytime, 70 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for them. Whereas below 60 degrees Fahrenheit should be strictly avoided at nighttime.

Extreme heat or cold can end the life of your plants.

Solution

If the temperature creates a severe impact on your Anthurium, then it is better to change the location and adjust to an ideal temperature. Saying this, use a natural method for the adjustment.

Central heating is not an issue for your plant. But never go for air conditioners, near draft areas, ceiling fans, or heat fans, which can adversely affect your plants.

5. Low Humidity

Humidity in the air keeps your plants well hydrated. But unfortunately, the moisture does not allow dryness.

Prevention

The best place to keep your Anthuriums for good humidity and heat is in the kitchen or bathroom.

Try to keep the humidity level above 50%. If this continues, your Anthurium flowers can wither quickly or struggle growing new ones.

Caution Tip: Excess levels of humidity can lead to a negative effect of rotting the plant. Therefore, subtle air flows give a good combination with optimum humidity. But, again, strong air gushes can also dry your plant, leaving them with brown leaves.

A ventilated room is an excellent place to keep your Anthuriums.

Solution

Your Anthuriums’ leaves and flowers might get droopy due to dehydration from the environment. It can especially happen in the winter season.

Keep misting them with mist sprays. Also, there are pebble trays and humidifiers to rescue the problem. They are readily available in the market and online stores too.

Humidifier (Source: Pexels.com)

The pebble tray is just a stray with pebble and water in it. Its use is that the water does not come in contact with the pot. The evaporated water humidifies the soil and plant.

6. Wrong Potting Mix

Potting mix is also known as potting soil. The right potting mixture helps to bloom your flowers better.

The well-draining mixture avoids the mess of waterlogs. These waterlog stop the airflow carrying oxygen to the plant and even prevails root rotting.

Ultimately, it drowns the plant and makes them dead.

Prevention

A crucial precaution is to have a drainage hole in your pot.

You can even use the potting mix used for orchids.

Your mix can contain various options such as perlite, peat moss, fir bark, charcoal, redwood bark, lava rock, coconut fiber, and osmunda fiber.

You can create your mix by playing around with these components. This mix encourages good air circulation in the soil.

Right Potting Mix (Source: Unsplash)

However, the highest recommended one is the equal partition of pine bark, perlite, and peat moss. If you want, you can even add lava rock and redwood bark to one part.

Adding charcoal, broken small bricks, and river sands would be suitable if your Anthuriums are already a year older.

Solution

If you are having a problem with your potting mix, you can apply the following tests to measure the quality of the potting mix.

  • Is the mixture good at absorbing the water?
  • Does the potting mix well to retain the moisture?
  • Is the mixture well-fledged with the required nutrients?
  • Does the mixture contain the required pH level (alkaline or acid)?
  • Can the mixture harm plants in any form?
  • Does the potting mix have a sound drainage system?

Answering the above questions as ‘yes’ gives a notion of a good quality potting mix.

Whereas answering ‘no’ means that you lack it, leading to the loss of your Anthurium flowers.

7. Natural Process

Nature creates a cycle of birth, life, and death. Likewise, the plants are living too, which goes through this process.

So it is natural how the plant bears pretty bright flowers and rich green leaves. But, then, the time of turning into brown leaves and wilting off hits in as they age.

You do not need to worry at all about this matter.

Take good care of your plants and be patient to grow other flowers back again.

Do Anthurium Flowers Grow Back after They Lose Flowers?

You might be sad losing beautiful-looking flowers from your Anthurium. But are they going to bloom back again? Certainly yes.

It is good news that you will be receiving fresh new flowers after the death of the previous ones. But, unfortunately, after the flowers’ lifespan of 2 – 3 months, it takes a few more months to grow new ones.

Nevertheless, it takes quite a few years to bloom until the plant is a few years old.

Inducing Hormones for More Flowers

In today’s era, injecting artificial inducement has become quite common in the products we purchase. For example, the food we eat and even the plants we buy are inoculated to make them look appealing.

Bunch of Flamingo Flowers (Source: Unsplash)

For commercial purposes, people tend to grow more flowers to look attractive to customers.

Therefore, these growers induce hormones called gibberellic acid to get it. It accelerates the growth numbers and faster growth of blooms. Otherwise, it could even take years.

Growing back flowers of Anthurium is not that difficult. However, continuous upkeep is required to get those red charms again and again.

Why is Your Flamingo Flowers Small?

Any unsuitable environment can trigger the growth of your flowers, making them shrink in size. Too much sunlight exposure is one of the most significant reasons for your flowers turning small.

Apart from the lighting issue, overwatering, unacceptable humidity level, or lack of fertilization are possible reasons.

Tips to Make Anthurium Flower Again

You might be losing your Anthurium flowers due to various reasons. However, it is possible to make them grow again.

Let’s look into some of the ways out for getting back your pretty blooms.

1. Remove Dead Blooms or Leaves

Your plants might be holding dead flowers or leaves; the plant will keep on sending them the nutrients too.

However, having them on the plants hinders the growth of other new blooms. Therefore, it is more of waste to unwanted parts, which can be devoted more to the healthy parts of the plant.

Therefore if you see any flowers wilting and are dead, it is highly recommended to eliminate them.

Trim them off with clean shears, blades, or scissors. Pruning your plants once in a while keeps them healthy.

However, while cutting off the stem area, watch out for the sap, which can cause skin irritation.

While removing these dead leaves and flowers, cut the leaves close to the plant’s central stem with a sterilized shear. It will help to regenerate a healthy one better.

2. Supply Nutrition to Your Flamingo Plants

Do not hesitate to provide nutrition to your plants. However, be mindful of the brown leaves signaling on lack of potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen.

Use Fertilizer to your Plants (Source: Pexels)

You can use slow-release fertilizers found in Amazon with a ratio of 3:2:1 or even phosphorus-rich liquid fertilizers.

But if you are experiencing brown leaves on your Anthurium, apply liquid fertilizers for a few weeks. Then, try it until your plants get better.

Liquid fertilizers rich in phosphorus also help in blooming the flowers, using them once every week.

Important Note: Remember to dilute the liquid fertilizer to 20 – 25% of the suggested strength.

The haphazard implication of improper fertilizers to your Anthuriums can also lead to losing your plant flowers. Therefore the recommended one is as mentioned above.

3. Use Clean Tools

The blades or shears used to prune the plant should be thoroughly cleaned once used in a particular plant.

There could be chances of spreading diseases from one plant to another due to negligence.

Clean Tools (Source: Pexels)

Thus you can use disinfectants to clean the tools such as isopropyl alcohol in Amazon.

Learn about the list of appropriate disinfectants that you can apply.

4. Repotting the Plant

Repotting gives the freshness of soil to the plant, revitalizes root knots, and fixes any sizing issues.

Repotting Plants (Source: Unsplash)

Many of us tend to neglect the size of a container when we are planting. Instead, we choose the pot as we please to look aesthetically pleasing.

Too small pots can densely pack the plant’s roots, blocking the proper water and nutrition absorption.

Whereas too big can slow down flowering. Much energy is wasted to fill up the space of the container rather than on flowers.

The best interval to repot your plants is in every 2 – 3 years.

While repotting, remember to have your container 1/3 full of soil.

How to Know When to Repot?

The need for repotting can be figured out when your plant grows bushier and taller. For example, in a pot with 5 inches diameter, 20 inches tall plant is not suitable.

So be ready to change the pot to one size larger (around two inches or 20% larger than the current size) than the previous one, but not a very big one.

5. Check Out for Pests

Anthuriums are usually not prone to pest infestation easily. Nevertheless, have an eye on them for any.

The possible common ones are mealybugs and scales. They are the sapsuckers of the plant. If they get into the plants, then there is a possibility of losing your blooms too.

Mealybugs (Source: Pexels.com)

If you locate them on your plants, then take action as below.

For Scales

  • Use Neem oil.
  • Spray it with soapy water.
  • Clean up with a damp cloth.
  • Rub on alcohol.

For Mealybugs

  • Spray with insecticidal soap or soapy water.

Final Thoughts

They are not complex plants, and flamingo flowers are irresistible ones not to want them. The right way to take care of Anthuriums is easy with a few tips from an expert. Yet, a bit of effort is required for its flowers to bloom.

Many have the plant in their homes but struggle to gain blooms.

I hope this article comes in use to help beautify your room with vibrant colors of Anthurium flowers.

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