Germinating the seeds
Plant your seeds when you receive them for the best germination
Getting started -- I recommend planting the seeds in individual, small containers that have drainage holes.
This plant prefers a loose, well-draining soil that is high in organic matter. A typical mix is 1 part potting soil
to 1 part perlite. Instead of perlite, you may use pumice rock or fine-grade orchid bark. An alternate mix is 2 part coir fiber or peat moss to 3 parts perlite or
Until the seeds sprout, ensure that the surface soil doesn't dry out. The best way to do this is usually to enclose the pots in a plastic dome or bag. Leave it open a crack to allow some fresh air in. You may need to drip a few drops of water on the surface each day.
The ideal temperature for germination is between about 64 and 74 degrees F (18-23°C). Avoid letting the seeds get
above 77° F (25°C). I recommend placing a minimum/maximum thermometer near the pots, because the temperature can vary in different parts of a room. Keep the pots
in a bright spot out of direct sunlight.
Watering -- Continue keeping the soil surface moist the first 3 weeks, but increase air circulation a bit more, to avoid stem rot.
After the first 3 weeks, aim to keep the soil evenly moist most of the time. Don't let it dry out completely, but don't keep it perpetually soggy either. You may use a moisture meter probe to monitor the moisture levels down in the root zone.
Climate -- The plant comes from a mild climate, without extremes in temperatures. It reportedly has handled temperatures up to 100 degrees F, but it is happiest below 90 degrees F (32°C). It can probably survive a few degrees of frost, but i recommend protecting it from all frost, especially the first year.
The humidity should be above about 40%. Indoors, if the humidity is too low, consider using an ultrasonic room
humidifier, which you can buy at home-improvement stores and thrift shops.
It's normal for older leaves to occasionally turn yellow and drop, but if it seems excessive, the soil may be too dry down in the root zone. Or plant may need more fertilizer, particularly nitrogen. Keep in mind the plant normally drops its leaves each winter when exposed to cool temperatures.
Transplanting -- When your plants are 2 months old, you may transfer them to a larger pot. Water the soil first, and
avoid letting the soil ball break apart, which can damage the roots. After transplanting, avoid packing the soil down, and give no direct sun or liquid fertilizer the
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