Cutting back your vines? Offer them for postage or trade.
I know this is the time of the year that many people, particularly those in more seasonal climates, cut back their vines.
I would encourage people not to toss them in the trash or compost them, but to make them available to others either unrooted or as rooted cuttings. I know that if one decides to cut back a vine today, there is not time to post the cuttings on the exchange part of the forum and expect them to reach a destination intact. Perhaps we need a thread for people to post urgent exchanges in. I don't know if this one is appropriate or if someone should start another one.
If people do want to send off cuttings, I would emphasize that dehydration is the greatest threat to their survival. I always wrap the cut end(s) with a moist paper towel or perhaps tissue and send in a ziploc bag. Perhaps I should follow up with a photo.
Ian Webb does have a nice tutorial with photos on his site:
They do no photosynthesis and little respiration when in a box in transit. Providing them access to air dessicates them and typically kills them.
I moved and actually don't have big enough vines yet to offer them for postage. I also know a lot of people prefer not to root cuttings. However, a couple are big enough right now to propagate and do have some rooted cuttings.
Right now I have P. loefgrenii x caerulea and a smaller number of P. sanguinolenta. I just reminded myself that I had promised two of the P. sanguinolenta cuttings to someone, so that "smaller number" is just one. However, I started a bunch yesterday and I should have more soon.
P. loefgrenii x caerulea in the big cups, P. sanguinolenta in small ones:
Here's P. sanguinolenta, the first blooms about a month ago from that plant, which I bought at Annie's Annuals for $5.50.
I'll send for postage, and will send in either a box (in their "pots") or an envelope (bareroot or partially bareroot).
I will follow up here with others as I have them, maybe later this Fall. Hopefully others will post their unrooted or rooted cuttings here or start another thread.
Here is a link that might be useful: Ian Webb's tutorial on sending cuttings (repeated from above)