How to Rehab imported Plants after Shipping


Once your new plants arrive from a long journey, we need to help them adjust.

You can see how to rehabilitate imported plants after delivery here or read our article below:

After a long flight, the plant feels dehydrated, tired, and ready to lay down. Imagine how the plant felt after lying in the box with other friends for a few days! Just like us, and what's more, imported plants need weeks or even months to acclimate to their new environment after their long journey.


1. plant growth stimulants such as SUPERthrive products for plants that help them grow healthy roots.

2. Kitchen sink or large plastic box

3. Scissors

4. Sphagnum Moss

5. clean pot / glass cup

6. Alcohol 70 can also be 99%, or use fire

STEP 1: Unwrap your plant

Our plants are usually packed in sphagnum moss or tissue paper, and then plastic/plastic wrap, with paper covering the leaves.

Gently open the media from the roots. You may need to cut the plastic, being careful not to cut the roots.

STEP 2: Check the root

If you are very lucky, all the roots will be perfect, but sometimes there will be some victim roots. Trim off rotten roots, but always clean your scissors with rubbing alcohol in between or burn the scissors on fire for only a few seconds. serves to limit the spread of rot to healthy roots.

If the root is brown, flat, mushy and smells bad, it means it's rotten. Cut it.


STEP 3: Plant growth stimulant bath

After you cut all the rotten roots, you can fill the kitchen sink with warm water and add a plant growth stimulant like SUPERthrive according to the dose. Then put all the plants in the sink. Soak them in the tub for about 1 hour, This gives them a chance to get rehydrated.

Or you can directly put it in a glass filled with water mixed with plant growth stimulants such as SUPERthrive according to the dose.

Usually leave the plant there for a day or feel the plant is fresh again.


STEP 4: Prepare the planting media

After you have left the plant in a glass filled with plant growth stimulant water and left it for 1 day or until the plant is fresh again, prepare a clean pot and Sphagnum Moss or other planting media for your new plant.

Sphagnum moss is recommended as it keeps the roots moist and usually this allows them to grow new and strong roots quickly. Sphagnum moss is also a sterile medium because it does not contain harmful chemicals. A clean pot allows good air circulation around the roots to reduce the chance of root rot.

Soak the sphagnum moss thoroughly so that it is completely wet, then drain any excess water so that the moss is slightly damp.

STEP 5: Pot your plants

Place some moss at the bottom of a clean pot, then add your plants. Be sure to pack the moss tightly around the roots, this will reduce the chance of rot. Loosely packed moss will allow air to enter and can cause root rot.

STEP 6: Store the plant in a humid environment

Most of these plants come from humid environments, so they need the same conditions to survive and thrive in your area.

Place your potted plant in a clear plastic box or greenhouse. Make sure you have room in the Greenhouse when imports arrive.

If you're using a clear plastic box, make sure you open it occasionally for air circulation. Proper circulation is very important.

If the plant is really healthy, new leaves and roots appear, you can place it in the room you want, according to each treatment.

STEP 7: Be patient!

Give it time! After a week, the plant will likely not see any major changes, grow new leaves, or roots.

This process takes several weeks and sometimes months. Your plant is ready when it begins to grow and has established a healthy root system.

Make sure you wait at least 1.5 months (perhaps even longer) if you want to ship any of these plants to someone else. They may not be able to survive the second trip if they don't fully acclimate.


Moisture and patience are the most important aspects of acclimatization of imported plants. Make sure the plant is in a tight pot, stored in a humid environment. Do not check the roots within the first month. Good luck!

Credit to : STEPHANIE LONG                      Credit to : Amii Ceramics

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published