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PostSubject: Tips for live plants in enclosure?   6/24/2013, 8:35 pm

Hello!

I just bought some Pothos, I will be directly planting it into the eco earth, what should I do to prevent anything unwanted from being introduced into the enclosure? I know with aquarium plants you dip them in water/bleach mixture and quarantine them for 2 weeks. Anything special for terrariums/vivariums?
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for live plants in enclosure?   6/24/2013, 8:45 pm

I also use pothos. Smile Nothing like live plants to keep the air breathable in the enclosure and keep things looking lively. Just be warned that pothos is very much a water loving plant so it will take a lot of the water out of your substrate. You will need to water a little bit more frequently and mist 1 or 2 times per day to accommodate. I haven't had any issues with negative things being introduced at all, but that's me. Never heard of anyone sterilizing plants, necessarily, but you may introduce isopods into your enclosure as a clean up crew to take care of any unwanted fungi or bad mites. I have done this myself and gotten great results.

Also, make sure that you take the plant out of it's container, remove all soil from the roots and wash them off completely to get all possible pesticides and bad things that may have been in the soil out. Don't worry... Pothos is an extremely hardy plant so you won't kill it or put it into shock by doing this.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for live plants in enclosure?   6/24/2013, 8:59 pm

I found this... Maybe it will help.

http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/plants/34484-best-way-sterilize-plants.html
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