Anthurium Root Bound: How-to Prevent, Fix, Prune & Repot



Whether you have anthurium or a wide range of indoor plants, learning how to fix rootbound plants can help you maintain a healthy garden.

This guide will help diagnose rootbound plants, prevent root binding, and fix rootbound issues. Let’s dive in!

What Is a Rootbound Anthurium?

Anthurium is root bound when it has outgrown its pot or container and lacks adequate space to perform its functions. While rootbound anthurium isn’t a problem, it can lead to root rot and later disrupt flowering.

What Causes Anthurium Rootbound?

The leading cause of anthurium root-binding is planting it in a pot that’s too small. As the roots grow, they crowd and start to circle the root ball. This circling action will cause the roots to become constricted, which limits the plant’s ability to absorb water and nutrients.

How to Identify a Rootbound  Anthurium

- Remove anthurium from the pot to have a close look at it. – To remove a badly rootbound plant, you can squeeze it in different directions, if it’s flexible, to loosen the rootbound plant. - Use a sturdy object or a long thin serrated knife to cut around the plant.

How to Prevent Root Binding?

The best way to prevent root binding is by potting plants in containers that are slightly larger than the current pot. This approach will give the roots enough room to grow without becoming pot-bound.

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