First wicking experience failed - what did I do wrong?
I have some very nice plantlets growing in 3 oz cups and recently I had decided to wick them.
I didn't want to do this experiment on all of my plants for fear of not doing something wrong and killing all of them so I started with 2 Timeless Memory small plantlets. These two came from one plant that I separated because it was growing with two crowns. Granted this particular plant was smaller and more fragile than the sturdy Optimaras I grew from leaf - but I decided to start with these two for whatever reason.
First I took the Timeless Memory plantlet grown from leaf (it took FOREVER for babies to come out, and when they did they were fragile), I separated it and the resulting two small plantlets I repotted in 3 oz plastic cups.
One I wicked, the other I continued to water from the bottom when the surface soil got dry, like I had done with all of my other plants before.
Today I learned that the plant I wicked was completely wilted whereas the one I allowed to dry and then water from the bottom is doing fine. These two were pretty much twins, repotted at the same time, with the same kind of soil,etc.
This experience is obviously not an incentive for me to wick all of my other plants so now I wonder what went wrong.
Do you think it might be one of below?
- I wicked a plantlet that was too small/fragile?
- I sprayed the soil around the root when I potted for wicking so the soil could settle around the plant - so it might have gotten too wet for wicking?
- The wick was bringing in too much water for a small plantlet potted in a 3 oz cup?
- The soil might have been too heavy even at 1:1:1 (AV soil, perlite, course vermiculite)?
I have attached here the picture of the twin that is still alive. The one you see was not wicked but the wicked one looked exactly like this one, in the same 3 oz cup.
I would really love to be able to wick my plants in the future because it really requires much less frequent watering and it prevents plants from going from "desert to wet" - which is what often happens to mine normally.
At the same time, my plants have been doing just fine with "desert-to-wet" watering and I'd rather keep it this way than have the wick keep them with constant wet feet and then lose them to rot in a few weeks.
Any advice you might be able to help me with?
Thank you so much again!
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This post was edited by Begonia2005 on Sat, Sep 7, 13 at 22:40