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Care tips for Pikaplant Jar

Pikaplant Jars are plants you never need to water. Each hand picked specimen is hermetically sealed inside a humid biotope, and continuously recycles the water and air inside.

Where can I place it?

Don’t place your Pikaplant Jar in direct sunlight, as this will rapidly increase the temperature inside the Jar and boil the plant alive. Place it somewhere where there’s little to plenty indirect light. When selecting a location, look at least 2 metres away from your window.
Aside from extreme heat, extreme cold is also inadvisable. Place your Jar somewhere where the temperature is relatively constant. A reliable indicator for a good location is the amount of condensation in the Jar. You’ve found a good spot if during the day, one side of the Jar is covered with a mist and the other is clear. The plant will need about a week to acclimatize to a new location.

How long will the plant live?

Depending on the plant, the Jar’s location, the light and temperature conditions, your plant can survive up to 12 months or perhaps even more. We have test specimens that are flourishing beyond their first year. Unfortunately, it’s also possible that your plant won’t live this long. Luckily there are many things you can do to save your plant.

What if things seem to be going badly?

The plant inside is a strong plant but remember it is a living organism and it can still get brown leaves, fungus, or sometimes, small bugs might even appear. Not to worry, as long as the plant looks healthy it will survive. If however you are noticing lots of brown leaves, fungus, or super hungry bugs eating the leaves, despite having kept it away from direct sunlight, extreme heat, and extreme cold, you can still fix this. Check www.pikaplant.com/caretips for solutions. / Check the troubleshoot tips below to fix it. If nothing seems to helps and it has occurred within two months of the bottling date, we’ll make sure you can exchange your Jar at a shop near you. Visit pikaplant.com/stores for a list of shops.

Trouble shooting tips

The glass looks foggy – can I fix it?

A bit of condensation is natural, but too hot or too much light will cause worse visibility. A reliable indicator for a good location is the amount of condensation in the Jar. You’ve found a good spot if during the day, one side of the Jar is covered with a mist and the other is clear. The plant will need about a week to acclimatize to a new location.
If you still have too much condensation try moving your plant to a different area of your home or business. Remember to avoid any direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
Lastly your Jar might contain too much water. This can easily be fixed by opening your Jar and removing some of the condensation or water. Read here for tips on how to do this.

I think I see fungus

Fungus occurs naturally in the soil and on the plant. This is even needed for the plant to survive. Unfortunatley there are also types of fungus that are not good for your plant. You might notice one or two leaves being attacked by a white fungus turning the leaves brown. You can readily remove those leave and save your plant. Read here for tips on how to do this.

Some leaves are turning brown

Some parts of the leaves might turn brown. This is not necessarily a bad thing. But if the entire leaf turns brown or lots of leaves become brown you might want to fix that. This can be done by removing those leaves. Read here for tips on how to do this and save your Pikaplant Jar.

The leaves are starting to sag!

If the leaves don’t look crisp anymore but become limp this probably means your plant was overheated due to too much heat or direct light. A good indicator for this is a pool of water at the bottom of the Jar and the soil in the pot being dry. You can easily fix this by opening the Jar, removing the excess water and adding some water to the soil. Read here for tips on how to do this.

Soil spilled inside the Jar.

Your Jar might look messy because some soil may have spilled into the Jar. This can easily be fixed by removing the lid and cleaning the Jar. Read here for tips on how to make your Jar look pretty again.

Opening and closing

  1. Wash your hands and have a clean cloth or paper towel ready.
  2. Unlock the Jar by pushing down the metal lever
  3. Open the hinge, by squeezing it together and sliding one by one, the pins from the two eyes.
  4. Remove the glass top. Make sure to quickly soak up any water that might spill from the Jar. Otherwise the paper label might get damaged.
  5. Solve the problem; a. If the glass is foggy; wipe the inside of the Jar with a clean dry cloth. Make sure not to leave any traces.
    b. If you have fungus or brown leaves; just remove them.
    c. If the leaves are limp; just a little water to the soil.
    d. If soil spills into the Jar; put the soil back in its pot. Clean the glass top with water and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
  6. Put the top back on assemble the locking hinge and lever in reverse order.