How to rehabilitate your plants
After a long journey from Thailand to your place, plants are likely to be exhausted, dehydrated, and stressed causing yellow/brown leaves and dry roots or even rotting. Don’t worry because they are still alive and the following guidelines and tips will help you to rehabilitate your lovely plants that have just arrived.
List of Equipment:
- Cultivation material (peat moss, sphagnum moss, perlite, etc.)
- Fungicide and/or antibacterial chemical for plants
- Rooting Hormone
- Plastic container/bag
Step 1: Unboxing your plants
Unbox your plants as soon as possible after your plants arrive. Time is of the essence here! The sooner you take care of the plants the easier the plants get rehabilitated. Please gently remove the cover and avoid cutting the plants. If the plants arrive in bad condition, please contact us immediately with photos and videos during unboxing to get help with refunds or replacements according to our Refund Policy.
Step 2: Check the roots
Inspect the plants! Clean the plants with running water and trim all the rots on the leaves and roots. The most important part of the plant is its roots.
Step 3: Spray Fungicide and/or antibacterial chemicals
Use fungicide and/or antibacterial chemicals of your choice. If you don't have any, we suggest you use Physan20. Please be aware that the plants may die from overdose of chemicals.
Step 4: Rehydrate your plants
Let the root part sit on the water with optional rooting hormones. Changing the water daily or at least for the first 3 days is recommended. You should see many new roots after two weeks.
Replace water daily.
For non-water-loving plants use moss instead.
Do not repot the plant until many healthy roots appear.
Room temperature water (not warm) reduces the chance of rot.
Keep them separated from each other.
Don’t go in full sunlight.
Do not fertilize the plant until many healthy roots appear.
Be prepared for the variegated part to turn brown.
Step 5: Potting your plants
The right choice of cultivation materials really depends on many factors. We suggest that you use the same cultivation materials that you are familiar with with the same watering routine.
Factors to consider to choose the right cultivation materials:
The cultivation materials that we use in our nursery focusing on the stability of PH, water drainage, water retention, air ventilation, nutrient and trace elements, and keeping moisture for plants to thrive. Some material can be adjusted based on where you are and what you can get.
- Pine barks or LECA balls can be put at the bottom of the pot for good drainage that will save your plants from rotting.
- Don't put fertilizer right at the plants. You should put the fertilizer around the plants.
- Planting the plants too deep under the cultivation material will make the plant prone to rotting. (For anthuriums, it is a must that the top part of the plant is above the cultivation material)
Step 6: Promoting roots in high humidity environment
Put the pot inside a plastic container or bag to keep humidity high. Water the plants thoroughly and let some water remain in the container. Tightly close the container and move the container to an area with 70 percent shading. Avoid direct sunlight (Depending on the plant). Sunlight promotes rooting but excess sunlight will be harmful to rehabilitated plants.
Step 7: Be patient
Patience is key here! You need to wait for around 1-2 months to let the plants develop strong vitality and fully adapt to your new environment. Partially open the container for your plants to adapt to lower humidity environment for a few weeks. Then, bring the plants out, add fertilizers, and let them thrive in their new home.