How to Prune Anthurium


Anthuriums grow outdoors in tropical climates but can also grow well within indoor pots. The flower has large, dark green, heart-shaped leaves. The anthurium's tube-shaped blooms sit atop long stalks and are dark pink. Pruning an anthurium is best done after the plant has stopped blooming for the year. It's important not to prune off too many leaves, as this will kill the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand pruners
  • Cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Examine the anthurium for any yellow or brown leaves. Pull these off using your hands since they will usually detach easily. If the dead leaves do not detach easily, cut them near the base of the plant with hand pruners.

  • Locate any leaves or flowers that have mold or other diseased areas. Cut off the entire diseased leaf or stem using the hand pruners to prevent the disease from spreading. Wipe the hand pruners in a cloth dampened with 2 tbsp. of rubbing alcohol before continuing to prune the plant.

  • Remove wilted flowers by cutting the entire stalk off with hand pruners near the base of the plant. The anthurium will not re-bloom on the same stalk, so removing it redirects the plant's energy into developing new stalks.

  • Stand back. look at the anthurium and locate any leaves that are outside the natural shape of the plant. These will be easily identifiable because they grow too long or at an awkward angle. Prune off these leaves until the plant looks uniform.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure at least four leaves remain on the anthurium, otherwise the plant will die.

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