I just bought a creeping fig from a local nursery here. I asked them if it had been treated with pesticides and she replied: I dont think so but im not 100% sure. My question is can I clean all of the soil off this plant then let it soak in water for an hour and very carefully clean the plant, then plant it in my terrarium? Thanks
I make it a point to clean all the soil from plants I buy at the nursery as they use the white vermiculite-looking stuff which, to me, looks similarly to a dusted fruitfly. I'd hate to have one of my frogs think the same :wink:
Since I've already got the plant over the deep sink, why not also rinse down the foliage? Some shops put a spray on the leaves to make them more shiny...not sure whether this is harmful to herps but I prefer not to take the chance.
The white stuff is perlite, puffed volcaninc gases. It is often used to incubate reptile eggs, it is inert and if a frog did eat a small amount it most likely would not cause any harm. But better safe than sorry, get everything off, soil, perlite. If I buy plants from a place were it is likely they use fertilizers, I remove everything from the plant and let the roots soak in water for a day then give it another thorough rinsing. I have not had any problems. I try to buy from places like T & C or Black Jungle to be sure they don't have fertilizers on them.
A mild solotion of dishwashing soap, ( 1 tablespoon per gallon) to soak the plant in for about 5 or 6 min will usually breakdown any oil based sprays. Rinse the plant well in clean water, and then plant it. That shopuld help. Good luck
if I suspect chemicals, I ususally wash the plant repot it, and let it grow on its own for about 6 months, to make sure it is good to go. Then I trans plant it into the viv. This could be me being over paranoid, but it seems to work. Now of course, I wouldn't know if it is better than the previous mentioned methods, but I am afraid to find out.