I would like to take this chance to show you what I continue to do each year to bring new species into the United States to share. This instance happens to be a private exchange with a collector in Thailand as opposed to an actual order and exchanged monies. A couple of weeks ago I sent my Import Permit along with the necessary materials to be included on or inside my package. When he received the package, he promptly sent my cuttings on a Monday. They arrived at my home the Friday of the same week and there was no evidence that US Customs opened or even tampered with the package which is always a great thing!
After opening the package I carefully removed the very very dehydrated cuttings and put them into a bath of water to which I added a bit of Super Thrive. I continually checked on them throughout the day as to not allow any of them to turn soggy from the soak. Late that evening I decided to assemble my hydroponics system and remove the cuttings from their soak. Even though they showed little if any signs of hydration, a greater fear I had was the fear of rot setting in overnight.
Each tiny 3″ mesh pot received a hoop and two cuttings and I carefully filled each pot with the growing medium I prefer and have had great success with. It is called Sunleaves and you can read more about it here. The hydroponics system is very basic and I use nutrients in the water which will only begin to beneficial to the cuttings when roots appear. The only moisture that will benefit these stressed cuttings is the moisture they find in the air. Having said that, I mist often and also spray the blue platform to create humidity. For now I placed them under an 8 bulb T11 florescent fixture and did not lower it any further than 18″ above the cuttings for fear of drying them out too fast.
Now I wait and hope to see improvement in the leaves. Many continue to yellow and fall off which is normal but as long as the stem is alive…the cutting is viable. These photos are 6 days after the cuttings arrived and I have noticed no major changes. I will continue to update as I see changes…good or bad.