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kelso, WA
shellsneeden
Jun 3, 2020 11:02 AM CST
Hi guys! Long time no talk! So, I recently received some hoya Mauna Loa in the mail. Most of them seemed to have some amount of root rot. I cut off all the rot, washed the roots with warm soapy water and let them dry. I wanted them all to have more roots before planting in soil so here what I set up (I had just set it up before taking the 1st two pics so you won't see humidity yet). what do you think?

The humidity and warmth got really high in the box with literal drops of water that would fall onto the leaves so I opened the top of the saran last night and haven't closed it again today.

The leaves look dry now and the only humidity is in the cups (the last pic shows that). do you think this is a good rooting system or a good rot system?

Should I keep the saran on despite the high high humidity? Remove the heat pad? Grow light?

TIA!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 3, 2020 11:28 AM CST
I would not use the saran wrap, Hoya need good air circulation so they don't mold. Your growing medium looks fine, good enough to keep them in permanently. Hoya root on the leaf nodes so just make sure you have at least one set under the "soil".
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kelso, WA
shellsneeden
Jun 3, 2020 12:03 PM CST
Ok thank you @Daisyl it seems like good air circulation is a must but so many ppl use the 'plastic bag method' and use 'propagation boxes' and have so much success! Not only are there nodes in there, they all have at least some roots. Really don't want the existing roots to rot.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 3, 2020 12:26 PM CST
I think the humidity is plenty high in your area.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
kelso, WA
shellsneeden
Jun 3, 2020 1:37 PM CST
True! Thank you:)

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