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Posted by chimbakka on April 27, 2003 at 10:14:51:
In Reply to: Plant quarantine? posted by iwana on April 27, 2003 at 06:50:02:
If you are worried about the ficus you should try a hibiscus. They are really nice, and have dense folliage also.
I read a post about quarentine for plants a few months ago. I think the plant was uprooted, rinsed for a looooong time in the shower, and then repotted in new soil, and left for a few months. Basically, just what you said.
Wallmart and Home Depot have a great selection of plants. A lot of the setups are indoors too, so they probably don't use pesticides on them once they are in the store. You could probably ask someone how long they have been in for, and whether or not they were chemically treated in the last few months. That is probably your best bet. Then you just have to repot in plain soil. Sometimes chams go after the perlite, and it's not good for them.
Have fun building your new cage! :)
PS Pothos are also great for keeping humidity up. You can wrap the vines around biovine or have them going up the sides of the cage. Kind of like a pothos wall... Good in dry climates.