Aroids forum: A question about Transplant Stress?

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Name: Noel Calvert
Tumaco, Colombia-South America (Zone 13b)
A gringo?Where?(does a doubletake)
Jan 30, 2013 6:53 AM CST
Hello everyone.
I have a small problem that I would like as many ideas as possible about. Most of these plants that I am collecting here in Colombia get damaged when I collect them as it is not possible to collect a whole plant that is 40 feet long with leaves 3X4 feet. My question is how do I help prevent or combat transplant stress? I have heard old wives tales that say to water with distilled water, or not feed right away. I have also heard to feed a balanced mix. I have also heard to keep the plant in the dark for a couple days to recover. I have tried many methods, but I want to hear what you seasoned plant fanatics have to say?

Thanks in advance.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jan 30, 2013 12:18 PM CST
Hey Noel, I just posted my tips on the other thread, but I will add you should always keep transplants in the shade, but not "dark". They need a little light so the leaves will make food for the plant still, and then the plant will make new roots etc. Plants only want "dark" at night or when they are dormant.

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