John&Jacq~s Garden

Anthurium Propagation By Stem Cuttings

For the past one month, we’ve been busy clearing up the garden of unwanted plants, unkempt growth and appearance, and the like, especially propagating what were needed.

Top on the list was this pot of Anthurium andraeanum or Flamingo Flower, as seen in the first image below that screams to be attended to. How unsightly! There was a definite need to propagate all those plantlets that have matured on the stems over the last 5 months, something which I have procrastinated far too long, even though the job is so easy.

For the gardener, the easier methods of propagation of Anthuriums are by stem cuttings, layering and division of offsets or suckers that sprout laterally from the base of the plant. It can also be propagated by seeds which are rarely available and commercially, by tissue culture.

In this article, I just want to share how it can be easily multiplied by stem cuttings.

Step 1 – When the plant has grown too tall with leggy stems, cut off with a sharp knife the top crown of stem that includes its leaves and replant it into new potting media.
Leave the remaining lower portion of the stem as is in the pot and with regular care, it will develop plantlets all along the nodes and even offshoots from the base as seen in the image. Allow these young plants to mature and produce their own roots before severing them from the parent trunk to pot them individually or in a set of 2-3 plants depending on the pot size.

Step 2 – Try to gently spade out one stem at a time from the pot. It is quite easily done as they are not deep rooted.

Step 3 – Use a sharp knife to separate the plantlet from the stem, by cutting about half to one inch above and below the plantlet along the stem, carefully retaining the aerial roots therein.

Step 4 – Repeat Steps 2 and 3. We were able to obtain seven young plants altogether from the 3 potted stems. How lovely! :)

Step 5 – Carefully plant the young plants in a pot filled with a sandy loam medium that is humus or organic-enriched. Depending on the pot size, you can plant each singly or collectively as desired. Wet through thoroughly and locate in a filtered site. It can also be grown direct into the ground.

That’s all… simple and easy, yeah!

Update 1/10/2012 : There’s another article on how to propagate Anthurium by division here, if you’re interested.

Anthuriums are hardy plants and with proper care, they’ll reward you endlessly with beautiful and lasting blooms.

Learn more about Anthurium andraeanum or Flamingo Flower.

Update: September 5, 2009

How wonderful to note that one of the stem cuttings planted in March had matured and is flowering for the first time.

A tiny pinkish-red bud emerged unexpectedly sometime during the last week of August to our delightful surprise.

Until today, the slender torpedo-shaped bud, the length of my little finger, is still unopened…rather slow-growing!

Update: Sept 29 2009

Really took its time…haha, sort of teasing us as we await rather impatiently for its full bloom!

Almost 2-3 weeks from a tiny bud to a blossoming beauty, opening to reveal the soft pink spotted spadix and rosy-pink spathe. Simply beautiful, isn’t she?

Last edit: June 1, 2016