Persian Violet Transplant Guide
1. Find a good time to transplant your Persian Violet.
You can transplant your Persian Violet anytime you like!
Unlike Venus Flytrap Bulb terrariums, which might be tricky to take out the plant once it grows too big, Persian Violet terrariums, on the other hand, don't have this problem.
Because it's easy to take your Persian Violet out of the jar, you can transplant it as late as possible, even though it fills up the entire jar. However, there're still some facts which we think might be helpful for you to decide when to transplant it:
- Before your Persian Violet reaches the ceiling of the cylinder glass jar, it slows down the growth.
- Second, your plant relies on the nutrient gel medium.
So, if your Persian Violet is big and there's still much gel at the bottom, then you can keep the plant as it is. It will continue to grow, slowly but healthily. In other words, you can wait until your Persian Violet consumes most of the gel. If the gel reaches to the bottom, then transplanting is a must to keep plant alive.
Once your Persian Violet touches the lid, it slows down the growth. Since there's gel at the bottom, this Persian Violet will keep thriving and flowering.
2. Remove the lid (could be difficult).
Note: Do NOT break the jar if you can't open the lid!
This step sounds pretty simple, simply remove the lid on top.
However, if you have a hard time opening your jar, you can add some water at the edge between the wood lid and the glass jar to dissolve and clear off the glue.
Note: Your Persian Violet terrarium is air-tight and well sealed to maintain a germ-free and self-sustaining environment.
Use tape water to dissolve the glue.
After 3 - 5 minutes, you can remove the wood lid. If the lid is still tight, then add more water and wait for longer. Please don't break the glass, you're going to need it (and the lid) later.
Remove the lid carefully and gently.
Once the lid is off, it's time to take out your plant!
3. Take the plant out of the jar.
Lift up the plant slowly.
If you are able to lift up your plant without any difficulties, then that's awesome. But if you couldn't, use a blunt tweezer to cut the gel into smaller pieces first, and then lift up the plant.
Due to the natural variations, your plant might grow more roots than others, which stops you from removing plant without hurting the roots. If that's the case, you can cut some roots and take out the plant.
A Persian Violet having lots of roots. It's totally fine to cut some roots to lift up your plant. But, please, don't cut all the roots.
4. Rinse your cool plant.
Once you remove the plant, use distilled water to rinse the plant, making sure there's no gel residue left on the roots.
Gel is nutrient and will get bacterial, which will kill your plant. So, double confirm there's no gel on roots before you go to the next step.
5. Prepare the soil / moss.
You can use either moss or regular soil as the growth medium. Here, we use Spagmoss Peat Moss as an example.
Add moss to the bottom of your jar, also add some distilled water.
6. Plant your Persian Violet.
Once your have your glass jar with moss, you're ready to plant your Persian Violet.
Make sure the root is burried in the moss or soil. More importantly, ensure that the lid is on.
Find a spot to display your transplanted Persian Violet, and make sure the lid is on.
Display your plant on a place that can reach partial sunlight.
Your Persian Violet had been living in a closed terrarium with high humidity and low light environment. Therefore, it is important to acclimate your plant slowly, over the course of a month, to real world parameters.
In the following weeks, keep your plant watered and leaves misted. Every week, you can let the lid open little by little. And eventually remove the lid.