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Name: Aaron
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Dec 4, 2017 11:28 PM CST
Hi all!
I have had an anthurium plant that was originally a cutting for about 6 months now and it hasn't grown a bit since it started growing roots. As you can see, it has holes in its leaves -- I can't seem to place the problem. (A little background information, my window is a north-east facing one, so we don't get a lot of light. I also repotted this plant a few weeks ago into a smaller pot because I read that this plant is prone to root rot since it is an epiphyte in nature).
Thanks in advance for any help you all have to offer.


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Name: Daisy I
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Dec 5, 2017 11:17 AM CST
Welcome!

The holes in the leaves are mechanical - do you have a cat?

The plant will only grow more leaves when the root system can support more leaves. Be patient.

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Name: Aaron
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Dec 5, 2017 1:32 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

The holes in the leaves are mechanical - do you have a cat?

The plant will only grow more leaves when the root system can support more leaves. Be patient.



Ah I should have elaborated -- the plant was developing brown spots in the centers of the leaves (I have tried my best to get rid of the brown spots by peeling them out)

The plant is otherwise healthy-ish (the leaves feel firm and are glossy like they should be)!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 5, 2017 2:24 PM CST
What is it planted in?
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Name: Aaron
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Dec 5, 2017 5:29 PM CST
DaisyI said:What is it planted in?


To tell you the truth - I used soil from outside of my home (so probably a mix of garden soil & whatever weird sandy soil coastal NY has ) Hilarious!
Name: Will Creed
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Dec 5, 2017 5:53 PM CST
Therein lies the problem! Outdoor spoil should stay outside. It is generally too dense and often contains pathogens and pests that you don't want indoors.

Anthuriums require a very porous potting mix with lots of sphagnum moss and perlite. I suspect that the brown spots (now holes) were a result of the roots not getting enough oxygen.
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Name: Daisy I
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Dec 5, 2017 5:59 PM CST
The potting soil, whatever you choose to use, needs to be peat-based, so slightly acidic, and fast draining. I pot mine in Violet mix with a little perlite added in.

I don't think your Anthurium is getting enough water. It appears there are dry spots in the soil. Did you get the soil thoroughly damp (no dry spots) before you planted the Anthurium? At this point (no roots), what the Anthurium is planted in is not as important as the proper amount of moisture in the potting soil. But the chances are that you will not be able to maintain adequate moisture unless you do re-pot one more time.

WillC is about to blow a gasket but, my potted Anthuriums always sit in a saucer of water. Anthuriums like a good deal of moisture - I have some that I un-potted and planted in a water basin by my pond because I wasn't managing to keep them wet enough.

I also think your plant may be potted too deep. Keep the crowns well above the soil or water line.
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Dec 5, 2017 7:37 PM CST
Daisy - You are right. Anthuriums are quite adaptable to a variety of conditions and can even grow in water. However, I have found they are easiest to keep in a porous potting mix. In this instance, I am concerned about just what the composition of the garden soil is.
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Name: Daisy I
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Dec 5, 2017 7:53 PM CST
Yes, that is a concern. Smiling
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Name: Aaron
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Dec 8, 2017 7:31 PM CST
Thank you both! I will change the soil when I get the opportunity.
Come to think of it, the soil from outside is rather dense...
I actually have its "sibling" anthurium in a poland spring water bottle and it is doing MUCH better than the one in the picture. Hilarious!

Do you think these plants flower in water?? Shrug!

Name: Daisy I
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Dec 8, 2017 8:31 PM CST
The last photo in this thread are mine growing in water (rooted in gravel):

The thread "Why is my indoor plant dying?" in Ask a Question forum
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Name: Aaron
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Dec 8, 2017 8:57 PM CST
Say no more @Daisyl! I have officially planted it in a vase with pebbles and water! Green Grin! can't wait to see it grow

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