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I’ve been growing two anthurium plants …they started drying up so I changed the soil composition to cocopeat, soil and cow dung …but still I don’t find any improvement…can u help me please.

Comments for My Anthurium is not doing well

Jul 14, 2021
In their native habitat
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

Where they originate, they would never see cow manure. They originally come from a jungle, which would have leaf mold or compost, but no manure.

I’ve also never been a big fan of coco fibre, which again, is not something they would have adapted to, although it’s pretty inert, so not such a problem.

What I would do, rather than stress them out all over again, is flush the soil with warm (not hot) rain water.

It’s important not to use treated water such as what you would get from the tap (chlorine) or a well (cold, and possibly minerals).

Then re-assess it.

Don’t fertilize!

If they still seem to be pale in a week or two, mix up some Dolomite lime with water for their next watering (don’t use Hydrated lime). Sometimes the soil is just to acidic for the plant to take up any nutrients, so this will buffer it.

Another problem I see is that you’re over potting, meaning the pot is way too big for the plant. Often, the plant won’t start to make top growth until the roots fill the soil.