rooting long cuttings (and other questions)
My SRQ cutting bundle order is in! Yay!
I only noticed Joni's printed instructions insert after the whole planting project was done, and I did not do two things she mentions:
1. I did not re-hydrate them "for a few hours or overnight", or with Superthrive or MSU as she suggests. I plumped them into a bucket of plain water right after getting the box but got to working on planting the cuttings one by one right away. They did not appear wilty or dry to me at all though - they made it from Florida to Brooklyn very well.
2. I did not always make a fresh cut on the bottom of the stem as she suggests.
How much of a problem is not having done the 2 things above? I did put the little pots with cuttings unto a rubbermaid container, covered with plastic and stuck it on top of a heating pad and under a light, so I am hoping the rehydration process can go on in there.
It is 79 degrees and 90% humidity in there (at the top of the soil level), although things may still be settling. I can easily change the temp of humidity - or are they just right?
As for not making a fresh cut on the bottom of the cuttings, I guess I can still do that. Is it worth it? The rooting hormone will probably be totally disturbed if I do.
I also have several questions on specific cuttings. Here they are one by one.
Hoya sipitangensis IML 1603: Joni says on her site (http://srqhoyas.com/CUTTINGS/QZ/HoyaSipitangensisCuttingBrIML1603) to "root by laying the cutting in medium horizontally". Oops. I cut this in two (I think) and stuck both parts vertically. I really wish I knew a day or two in advance which cuttings I was getting in order to do this research. Shall I redo this one and lay it horizontally? Submerge all the stem and aerial roots, but leave the leaves above ground?