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My plants have arrived. What now?

Please rest assured we securely package your plants in moist Sphagnum moss, protected from heat, cold, dehydration and damage. Our plants can survive the post for at least two weeks. A regular question we get asked is, can the plants survive being posted bare rooted? The answer is overwhelmingly, yes. We have never lost plants in the mail. The information below is a quick guide suggested to get your plants settled into their new home as quickly as possible.

Begin by taking you plants out of their packaging as soon as possible. Place the plants in a plastic or glass bowl filled with pure water for 10 – 30 minutes. You can leave the sphagnum moss around the plants when floating them. Keep plants in heavy shade or inside while your plants root’s are exposed.

Use the time your plants are in water to prepare their pots. Use clean plastic pots filled with appropriate carnivorous plant potting mix. Make sure the media is quite moist, but not so wet that it’s difficult to work with. Fill your pot to the top and them gently knock the pot down to settle the mix. Top up the pot with mix if you need to. You should not compact or press the mix down with your hand. Carnivorous plants want loose soil not compact soil.

Gently remove excessive Sphagnum moss from around your plants and take them out of the water. Make a hole in the mix to accommodate the plant. Place the plant into the hole while supporting it with one hand. Use your other hand to gently fill in the mix around the plant once the roots are completely and comfortably in the hole. Make sure there are no obvious air pockets or holes left. You might find you need to add more mix to get the job done.

The depth a plant should be potted will be quite easy to determine once you have the plant in your hand. You not only want the roots buried but also any white stem too. Avoid burying any green parts of the plant.

Once the plant is comfortably in place and not planted too deep or too shallow it’s time to water. Gently and slowly water your plant into its pot. Continue watering until three to five times the volume of the pot has been given. water should well and truly be pouring out of the bottom of the pot. Don’t forget to label your pot either.

Your plants have been toughened and aclimatized before you purchased them, but even so it’s a good idea to keep your new plants in a partly shaded area for a few days before slowly introducing them to their final preferred position.

Plants purchased in autumn and winter will resume their normal vigor and growth in spring. While plants purchased in spring and summer can, in some circumstances, experience a very small amount of dieback before their grow resumes. It depends on the plant and the environmental conditions at the time. Temporary dieback after transplant is not limited to carnivorous plants.

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