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Anthurium gets green flowers: what is the reason and what can you do if the flamingo flower loses its color?

The anthurium is one of the easiest houseplants to care for. If the location is right, it does not need much more care to thrive and bloom permanently. The beautiful red flowers are a real eye-catcher in the home, contrasting aesthetically with the dark green leaves and creating beautiful accents. If the anthurium starts to get green flowers and loses its color, then perhaps something is wrong with its care.

Whether you bought a flamingo flower yourself or received it as a gift, it pays to know how to properly care for the plant. Especially if it has problems, such as green flowers or brown leaves , you should find the cause and eliminate it.

How long do anthurium flowers last?

Anthurium care tips healthy flamingo flower

An explanation first: the large, colorful, shiny part of the anthurium flower is actually a modified leaf called a spatha. The real flowers are the tiny bulbs that cover the small protrusion – called a spadix – that grows from the center of the colorful leaf. Commonly, we will call the red leaves flowers.

Before you panic at the sight of green flowers, remember that this is just part of the plant’s normal life cycle. Anthuriums can actually bloom year-round, but that doesn’t mean your plant will bloom every day of the year.

Under good growing conditions, a healthy anthurium will usually bloom about every three months, with flowering lasting for 2 to 3 months. After that, it must rest for about the same length of time before it blooms again.

It is normal for the color of a red leaf to fade somewhat with age. The overall hue becomes duller and darker, and some green creeps in at the edges.

Although this is not a sign of poor health, it is a good idea to remove these fading flowers. This way, the plant doesn’t have to expend energy supporting dying flowers. Instead, it can focus on producing fresh and colorful blooms.

However, if your anthurium flowers are less than two months old and already showing strange coloration, you may be dealing with a deeper problem. Let’s look at some of the other reasons that can cause color changes in anthuriums.

Flamingo flower loses color: what’s the cause?

Red anthurium loses color gets green flowers what to do

Anthuriums turning green is a common complaint due to greenhouse practices that often force the plant to flower even though it is not ready to bloom. The plant may respond by losing color as it ages. The bracts (spatha) may also turn green if the plant does not receive a long enough dormancy period during the second flowering season. This means that it has not received the proper light intensity and duration. The flamingo flower will respond by fading or turning green.

What is the reason when anthurium gets green flowers?

Other growing practices can also make the plant unhappy and cause color changes in anthuriums, such as improper watering, too much nitrogen fertilizer and inappropriate temperatures. This decorative houseplant requires daytime temperatures between 25 and 32 degrees Celsius, but at temperatures above 32 degrees Celsius, the flowers begin to fade.

Why does the red anthurium get green flowers and what can be done about it?

Lack of sunlight

Anthuriums are native to tropical regions and need bright, indirect sunlight to thrive. If your plant doesn’t get enough light, the leaves will turn yellow or brown and the flowers will turn green.

Here’s what you can do: Move your flamingo flower to a brighter location. If possible, place it near a south-facing window.


Anthuriums like to be kept moist, but not too wet. If you water your plant too often, the roots will begin to rot and the leaves will turn yellow or brown. The flowers may also turn green or fall off the plant altogether.

Here’s what you can do: to avoid overwatering, let the top inch of soil dry out before watering again. You can also place a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture.

Watering tips:

  • Water regularly and allow the potting soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
  • Generally, anthuriums need more water in the warmer months and less water in the cooler months.
  • If your plant’s leaves begin to droop, it’s a sign that it needs more water.


Anthuriums are heavy feeders and need to be fertilized every two weeks during the growing season. If you don’t fertilize your plant enough, the leaves will turn yellow and the flowers will turn green.

Here’s what you can do: to fix this, fertilize your anthurium every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer. You can also add a layer of compost around the base of the plant to improve nutrient levels.

Fertilizing tips:

  • Use a balanced fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
  • Reduce fertilization to once a month during the fall and winter months.
  • If your plant’s leaves turn yellow, it is a sign that it has received too much fertilizer. Try reducing the frequency of fertilization or using a weaker solution.

Watering anthurium properly tips against green flowers

Getting the flamingo flower to bloom

Did your anthurium originally have dark red flowers with yellow cobs that have turned green over time? If so, you can get this decorative houseplant back in tip-top shape.

If your anthurium had green flowers and does not form new flowers for a long time, you can try a method to make the plant bloom again. This process is not very simple and requires a six-week rest period in a cool room with temperatures around 15 degrees Celsius. During this time, give little water and after the waiting period, bring the plant outdoors. This will break the dormancy cycle and signal to the plant that it is time to produce flowers. This is best done in the spring.

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