FAQs - Plant-In-A-Bottle
PIAB (Plant-In-A-Bottle) Care Instructions
Plant-In-A-Bottle - Care & Operations Manual
What happens when the plant outgrows the bottle?
If you are interested in keeping the plant, you can repot it to the outside environment.
You can call us to seek our advice at +65 68966758 and we will teach you how to do it over the phone for free. Alternatively, you can watch the tutorial video on how to repot the plant at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOWURyoKp_A.
Is it necessary to break the glass bottle open?
Yes, in order to repot the plant, it must first be removed from the bottle. As the bottle mouth is too small for the plant to be removed, it is best to break the bottle to prevent hurting the plants. Please make sure safety measures are in place before you break the glass bottle.
What is in the gel?
The gel is a special medium formulated by In Vitro Pte. Ltd., specifically for the plant inside the bottle. The gel provides adequate nutrients for the plants inside, thus allowing the plant to grow with indoor light alone. The actual composition of the gel is our trade secret and we do not sell the gel separately.
Do the plants require sunlight or artificial lighting is sufficient?
Please do not give this product any sunlight as the heat from the sun will kill the baby plant.
However, the plants in this product require artificial lights, either from fluorescent lights or table lamp lights. In fact, the more artificial lights provided for them, the better the plants grow. Take note that there should not be a lot of heat generated in the environment from the artificial lights around the plant. One example are common cheap bulbs that emit a lot of heat.
Do the plants have enough oxygen to survive in a sealed glass bottle?
All that is needed is already provided. The seal at the bottle mouth has micropores which allow air to flow in and out of the bottle for the plants. DO NOT break open the seal if you are not intending to repot the plants as bacteria will enter and contaminate the product. The gel medium is nutrient rich and bacteria will grow very well on it.
How long can Plant-in-a-Bottle last?
The product, if well-taken care, can last 3 to 5 years. When they grow to around the size of the bottle, the plants will sense the restriction in space and inhibit/slow down their growth.
Typically the concern would be the plant being overgrown and confined in the bottle, which may not be pleasant looking anymore, thus you might want to repot it.