Help with Anthurium

peaches20(6 PA)August 4, 2008

Hi all,

I've had an anthurium for a couple of years now. It has started to get a sticky substance on the leaves. I did squirt the leaves with water and it seemed to clear up but has come back. I then sprayed with neem oil but I'm still seeing the sticky substance.

Does anyone know how to get rid of this? My Anthurium is growing in a rock and I have it sitting in a dish of spring water.

What type of fertlizer can be used?



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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

The only type I grow are the vining types, andreanum hybrids. Grow them in my shadehouse only problem I've had is slugs which chomp off a leaf every now and then.
I feed mine with the regular orchid ferts. They LOVE heat and humidity for sure lol gary

    Bookmark   August 6, 2008 at 5:28AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Sticky substances are usually the excretions of scale. So I would check your plants for scale and treat it.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2008 at 10:30AM
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As for fertilizer, slow release (Osmocote or similar) or soluable (Ferti-lome being my favorite) have worked well.

Gary, have you tried salt for the slugs? Kosher salt has been my weapon of choice, especially for the big 'uns.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 11:25PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

I keep most of my tropical plants in the shadehouse where there are so many kinds and growth habits insect control is almost out of the question lol. The slugs chomp down a leaf or two but the plant way outgrows the damage lol. I like to refer to this as my "rainforest in a box " lol Wife calls it an "overgrown tangled mess" lol
If something has too many problems .I just plant something else. With anthurium the damage is always limited . gary

    Bookmark   August 8, 2008 at 6:39AM
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peaches20(6 PA)

Thanks for all the help. I've decided to continue to spray with neems oil and give it some osmocote. Eventually I think I may plant it in a pot so that I can put it outside in the summer.

Thanks again,


    Bookmark   August 8, 2008 at 8:35AM
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