Philodendrons, Elephant Ears, and Other Aroids forum→Acclimating plants shipped overseas

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Kvlsvyhvrbst
Jul 11, 2020 11:13 AM CST
Hello!
I'm waiting on a shipment of a few Alocasia and one philodendron from overseas and I was wondering what success you have all had with acclimating bare root plants. I had planned on acclimating each plant under a grow light with a humidifier, loosely potted in moist sphagnum moss with some rooting hormone, but I saw some posts by Gina1960 who recommends going straight to soil with the rooting hormone. Does anyone have personal stories of which way they prefer or which they've had more success with? I got my original plan from an avid aroid collector who I follow on Instagram who seems to know her stuff, or at least has success with a lot of her imports.

Thanks in advance!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jul 12, 2020 8:50 AM CST
Well, I personally would wait and see what you get. Hopefully what you receive will be in good condition. It really depends on that, if you have good roots and whatnot. You may need to put them into moss to rehabilitate them if they did not like coming from overseas in the heat of summer. I always make my decisions based on what the plant looks like. But then I never buy from out of the US
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Kvlsvyhvrbst
Jul 12, 2020 12:38 PM CST
Thanks for the advice! I wish I could find a seller with reasonable prices and good selections here in the US, everything is very overpriced, like over 100-200$, or if not, out of stock. Any advice in that department?
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jul 12, 2020 2:30 PM CST
I guess it depends on what you want. Some things are not expensive others are in high demand.
What exactly did you order?
I have seen some very sad folks who ordered things like Alocasia cuprea, Dragonscale and other somewhat expensive things from Thailand who are getting cooked plants. Summer may be the growing season, but it is NOT the best shipping season, especially when its coming from overseas. Its 95+ here today, the humidity is extremely high and out heat index is about 110 or more. If I can't stand to be outside, I am not sure how a plant in a box in the oven that is a mail truck or shipping container feels
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