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  Anthuriums
From: Rand Nicholson <writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 1997.08.29 at 07:03:44(1118)
>Dan,
> Since most, if not all anthuriums are somewhat epiphytic in nature they
>must have that extra air around their roots. Styrofoam packing peanuts can be
>an effective and inexpensive growing media ammendment. This material first
>can be used in the bottom of the pot in place of normal drainage material
>then incorperated in the remaining planting media be it a sphagnum or other
>epiphyte mix. I like the newly available coconut chunks, it holds water and
>nutrients very well. It also seems to have a natural hormone that encourages
>root development.
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From: TimothyA7 at aol.com on 1997.08.29 at 08:54:16(1121)
Rand,
Your andreanums are at a good stage for topping and re potting. Just cut the
top with 4-5 of the new arial roots and pot in your regular mix.
The deformed new leaves are probably due to nutritional defeciences. Try
adding fish emulsion to your feeding program. It has most minor elements and
very often cures this type of problem. Let's hope it isn't a virus.
Tim Anderson
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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at classic.msn.com> on 1997.08.29 at 18:52:06(1130)
Rand

Dear Rand,
First off, I am not an Anthurium grower, but you may want to try my
suggestions. Re. the enlarged upper stems, my Dad used to place pieces of dry
coconut husk ( the outer fiber layer of a coconut which is removed from around
the inner "nut") directly around the bases of his plants, and the roots
eagerly grew into and around these pieces and then supported the plant firmly
at it`s base. (You should not have trouble obtaining coconuts in Miami, and a
few chops with a sharp machette will provide the correctly sized pieces!) I`d
say that each piece was 9" long by 5" wide, and the natural curve fitted them
perfectly around each plant.
Re. the leaves being trapped within the sheath, this may be caused by a too
low light situation. I`ve seen this in many Aroids grown in too dark offices.
I`d check the level of light that your plants are receiving with a light
meter, and compare it to what is recorded as their needs in articles published
in back issues of Aroideana. If you need, I can try to look these up for you.
Good luck.
Sincerely,
Julius

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at classic.msn.com> on 1997.08.29 at 18:56:16(1131)
Dear Rand,
First off, I am not an Anthurium grower, but you may want to try my
suggestions. Re. the enlarged upper stems, my Dad used to place pieces of dry
coconut husk ( the outer fiber layer of a coconut which is removed from around
the inner "nut") directly around the bases of his plants, and the roots
eagerly grew into and around these pieces and then supported the plant firmly
at it`s base. (You should not have trouble obtaining coconuts in Miami, and a
few chops with a sharp machette will provide the correctly sized pieces!) I`d
say that each piece was 9" long by 5" wide, and the natural curve fitted them
perfectly around each plant.
Re. the leaves being trapped within the sheath, this may be caused by a too
low light situation. I`ve seen this in many Aroids grown in too dark offices.
I`d check the level of light that your plants are receiving with a light
meter, and compare it to what is recorded as their needs in articles published
in back issues of Aroideana. If you need, I can try to look these up for you.
Good luck.
Sincerely,
Julius
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