Re: Potting Mix for Anthuriums?


> Tim, Dewey, or anyone else,
>
> >>>>  I use a media of 1/3 Canadian Peat
>Moss, 1/3 Perlite and 1/3 composted pine bark in small chunks...  This
>allows lots of air in the roots and is well drained...  Anthuriums do not
>like "WET FEET', but they do like to be moist at all times...  If a plant
>does not seem to like the above....  I will add a few styrofoam peanuts to
>the mix....  this gets more air circulation to the roots...<<<<
>
>I'm not sure how to ask this, but I'll give it a try so as not to seem really
>dumb.  If the soil medium is already a nice epiphyte soil like the one
>discribed here, and the plant still doesn't look happy, how do you determine
>if it's from the lack of air?  What I mean is, how do you know which way to
>go, add peanuts or take away peanuts?  This is usually hard for me to
>read.... which way the plant isn't happy.  I have an Anthurium growing in a
>rich, almost garden type soil that is doing fine, and blooming, which would
>seem to muddle the question of whether it's getting enough air in it's
>present soil in relation to an epiphyte mixture.  If my plant was not being
>happy, I would't have much problem figuring out that I need to add peanuts,
>but if I start out with an already airy mixture.. where to go from
>there....assuming there is no lack of moisture or nutritional problem.
>
>Thanks,
>Sue Zunino

I use a bark/perlite/sand mixture that drains instantly. I water it by
soaking the pot for a half hour once a week.

In your instance: Where to go ...?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Kind Regards,

Rand




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