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How to Care for Your Anthurium Fingers - Varnish + Vine

How to Care for Your Anthurium Fingers


An Anthurium Fingers plant begs you to notice it. It’s aptly named with its deep-lobed leaves that look like hands. Its tropical-like appearance offers some clues about what this south Mexican species needs to thrive. It is a perennial evergreen that can get up to 4 feet tall in the right conditions. The plant will produce showy, purple flowers in return.

Drainage and Water

Botanists classify this plant as a mesic species. That means it has medium moisture requirements. However, it’s all about balance. The Anthurium needs regular watering with well-draining soils. The plant is also humidity-tolerant. It prefers slightly acidic to neutral soils. You can also mist your Anthurium occasionally to replicate its tropical homeland.

Tip: Don’t let your plant dry out between waterings to prevent browning.

Light Needs

As you may surmise, Anthurium fares best with medium-light conditions like the forested areas of its native habitat. Dappled sunlight or partial shade works best. It’ll also help prevent the soil from drying out and stressing it. You can give your plant diluted all-purpose fertilizer during the growing season.

Tip: This plant will go dormant during the cooler months of the year.

Temperature Needs

The Anthurium will thrive with average household temperatures. It is not a cold-tolerant plant. It will only survive outdoors in USDA Plat Hardiness Zone 11 with temps not dipping lower than 40 degrees F. On a positive note, it is deer and rabbit resistant. However, it is toxic to cats and dogs. It can cause mouth irritation and stomach upset if ingested.

Tip: Keep the plant away from HVAC vents and out of drafts.

Final Thoughts on The Anthurium Fingers

The Anthurium is an attractive plant with rich green foliage and pretty purple blooms. We also like its smaller footprint. It’ll make a beautiful addition to your home and bring a welcome bit of a tropical paradise for you to enjoy.

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