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I have an anthurium in my room that hasn't bloomed red flowers in over 4 weeks. it has constant leaf growth, but the leaves looked rusted, and feel very 'thick' and weird.

Hi Manuela,

It is hard to be sure from the photos, but it appears that your Anthurium has a spider mite infestation.

To treat the spider mites, mix a solution of plain water and a squirt of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Then, thoroughly spray ALL of the leaves and stems to the point where they are dripping wet. This is a messy job, but if you are really thorough, then you may only have to do it once.

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