with two cuttings acquired from France by mail : these bare cuttings travelled 8
days in an envelope with a light plastic bubbled sheet, as we can see on the
It seems that on average envelopes of cuttings arrive faster than parcels !!
They were ( and are still ) in a perfect shape on arrival but who knows in what condition they would be if there had not been this plastic '' bag'' inside the postal envelope ? About a quarter section of the thinner one ( H. microstemma ) had already started to dry out - this species has a thinner stem than other Hoyas - .
So even though plastic covers induce a higher risk of yellowing leaves, here we still recommend their use by our senders : despite our natural humidity in Thailand during most part of the travel time - I guess after only 48 hours the parcels are already in Bangkok, a stem that has, unluckily, defoliated because of heat can still restart with enough constant humidity and temperature of the air - but a dehydrated cutting is definitely harder to regrow.
Some people have shared their experiences with Hoya microstemma on this thread of gardenweb.com :
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