The Canadian Exchange (Post have/wants!)
As I'm sure all of you Canadian's know, you're not allowed to post in the Hoya exchange- how ridiculous! So let's work around this problem, as effectively as we can. Please read the guide lines to keep things working smoothly!
Please try to limit your posting to one post, so potential traders don't have to scroll through tons of convo.
Make two simple lists, however you would like. "HAVE:" & "WANT:"
If you have more then hoya to trade, by all means, list them!
If you have a major update to make, create another post. Please lable it: "LIST UPDATE" at the top. Don't worry about minor updates, you can address the changes when you are contacted for an exchange!
If you have young hoya you will be willing to trade in the future, feel free to list them. Add a time estimate until they will be ready.
If you are in another country besides Canada, let us know! Of course you may post lists as well. You should plan to pay for the extra shipping and a possible long wait at customs.
(Canadians who are willing to pay for the shipping charges to exchange with Americans should search the regular Hoya Exchange and make the offer there.)
Make all responses through email if at all possible. (Remember to go to settings and give permission for members to send you emails!)
Start searching for trades at the end of the thread. As the thread gets older, updated trade lists will be at the end. (Save yourself time!)
It has been recommended to ship all cuttings dry! Without baggies or moist paper towels, which promote rot and fungus (ref: SRQ hoya seller.)
A few tips:
When the cuttings arrive: give them a soak in room temp water (let tap water sit out 24hr to 'flash' off chemicals.) I've known many who root in pure Hydrotone, Turface or perlite with great success. For best results, DO NOT use commercial potting mixes.
Use rooting hormone (powder) if possible. Make sure at least one node is under the potting mix, roots will only come from the nodes (just as new growth will only come from nodes.) Don't cover any leaves, but having them stick out or touch the mix is fine. Some simply pin down the nodes (with a rock) on top of the mix. Keep moist, but not 'wet.' Repot in Aprox. one month.
Others, still, root simply in water (works for the easy ones!)
Try to add humidity and a heating mat. Keep out of direct sun. Air circulation will prevent many fungal problems.
Above all else, research will serve you well! I don't have a large collection, but have found more information online then I could ever read. Good luck!