TC plants are grown in a plastic bag containing a medium made of agar, plant food, and rooting hormone. They can live in the bag until the media runs out of nutrients or it is contaminated by fungus or bacteria.
If the plant doesn’t have roots yet, let it continue to grow by placing it next to a window that provides bright, indirect light until roots grow. However, if the medium shows signs of contamination, open the bag and go to step 1.
- Unpack the acclimation kit and use a separate container to soak the moss in distilled water while you work.
- Clean the plants by removing ALL the medium. Any media that is left on the plant is a prime breeding ground for fungus, so be sure to remove it all. Remove any yellow leaves or damaged parts. Rinse the plant in clean water.
- Add distilled water to the line on the cup, add the Mancozeb, and mix. If the plant appears to be damaged, add 10-15 drops of betadine. Soak the plant for 3-5 minutes.
- Rinse the plant in distilled water and let it dry on a paper towel.
- Rinse out the cup, squeeze the moss to remove excess water, and gently and loosely pack it in the cup.
- Dip the bottom of the plant in the rooting hormone and plant it in the moss.
- Put the lid back on the cup to contain moisture and humidity. The plants like bright, indirect light, high humidity, and temperatures between 77* and 85*F.
- Make sure the moss doesn’t get too dry. I find if I need to add water it’s once a week or once every two weeks, and only enough to dampen the moss when it gets dry and crispy. If the moss starts to turn green, cut back on the water.
- In 3+ weeks when the plants have new leaves they can be replanted in a normal medium mix with fertilizer, but I have found that they are happiest when they’re still in moss and fertilized with some 1/10th-1/20th strength Liquidirt and a few sprinkles of Osmocote fertilizer.