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Before working with the techniques mentioned in this thread, please thoroughly read it and know any losses are your own. If you're too afraid to lose a branch,don't try it.
Often, cuttings or plants brought indoors from a natural environment are riddled with pests nigh impossible to manage or kill. This method intends to deal with this by completely submerging the specimen, thus making it much more difficult for pests to come along by reducing their ability to avoid treatment. Thus far my method seems to have removed spider mites successfully with good returns.
2-3 Plastic tubs with lids - The Ones pictured are 1 Gallon and 1 pint in capacity. Fresh Bleach (optional) Aquarium air pump (optional) Neem Oil Concentrate pH neutral water from some source (cool water is preferable as many pests don't like this except for the neem oil tub as it will slow the rate of dissolution) Genetics to bring along Several hours of spare time
1. Gather materials as per your needs. This includes preparing your tubs. The air pump is to make sure the water does not stay stagnant and is optional.
2. Select the genetics you wish to propagate
3. Fill two tubs with pH Neutral Water Label one Neem Oil Tub and the Other Washing Tub
4. Proceed to dissolve neem oil at the rate of 1 tbsp./gal in the appropriately labeled tub. Be sure to properly homogenize your mixture lest tissue burn be prevalent; oils and cuttings both float in water. This can be a very bad mixture before long. Also, weighing your cutting down can help this if you don't have that kind of time.
WARNING: If going a very long distance to take samples, it would be preferable to bring a cutting back in a bottle of distilled or bottled water. Only proceed to work with the cutting outside before 1st neem treatment lest you risk deadly contamination.
5. (If the above warning is applicable, ignore parts this step and improvise accordingly.) Take this tub with you to your plant and set away from as many disease vectors as possible, preferably on a bench or something; improvise. Now select a vigourous cutting and cut it about half an inch below the node you wish to root this clone at. This is so your new cut will be fresh when you go to root it and it will root more vigourosly. It is also preferable to wash the tub itself before bringing indoors.
6. Allow your specimen to sit in this solution for a period of time ranging from 30 minutes to just below an hour depending on the infestation. Do NOT allow the cutting to sit too long as tissue damage to the waxy coating of the plants can occur over time as exampled by the picture in step 7.
7. Preferably wash the cutting off away from flowers and areas of aquatic life and proceed to place in the second tub of oxygenated water.
8. The cutting can sit in this tub for a period of hours while you prepare for rooting it. If you want to go directly to rooting, skip the below step.
9. (optional) Dilute bleach at the rate of 1 part bleach to ten parts water and place cutting in for a period of about five minutes. I have not tried this particular techinque yet and sensitivity mary vary, but, I'm using this based on a method of microproagation sterilization for Dionaea spp. Proceed to immediately transfer to fresh water after a slight washing under the sink.
10. After allowing specimens to sit in the water for a period of time, one may now proceed to re-cut the specimen at the desired node and root accordingly.
Updates with more pictures and perhaps testimonials to come.
Please comment or critique according to your opinion.