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I found a new desert mutation of kava...

Alia

'Awa Grower/Collector
Fantastic info! What would I look for on the underside of the leaf? I did take a million pictures, and have them attached, because that is the kind of guy I am. Might be helpful, might not be?

Could you give a ratio of perlite to soil I should use for this plant? I've also got some sphagnum moss in case I should throw some of that in as well. I'm going to plant it tomorrow since it's had a couple days to relax.
I use PRO-MIX BX MYCORRHIZAE 70 % with pure perlite #4, 30%.
Mixed well.
Kava is a mycorrhizae plant.
Never mix sphagnum moss (SM) in with your soil mix.
The use of SM is for propagating nodes, air-layering and related.
I don't see anything wrong on the underside of the leaf, but as @kasa_balavu
says- you need to look close and magnify.
See page 89 of Hawaiian 'awa book for some things to look for.
It may be that your new Mahakea plant is a little stressed from shipping
or a minor nutrient deficiency.
Dry , hot air are going to make growing this plant in your environment challenging.
 

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I use PRO-MIX BX MYCORRHIZAE 70 % with pure perlite #4, 30%.
Mixed well.
Kava is a mycorrhizae plant.
Never mix sphagnum moss (SM) in with your soil mix.
The use of SM is for propagating nodes, air-layering and related.
I don't see anything wrong on the underside of the leaf, but as @kasa_balavu
says- you need to look close and magnify.
See page 89 of Hawaiian 'awa book for some things to look for.
It may be that your new Mahakea plant is a little stressed from shipping
or a minor nutrient deficiency.
Dry , hot air are going to make growing this plant in your environment challenging.
Gotcha. I'll see if I can get some of that mix. On the dry hot climate front, I'll be keeping the plant indoors to regulate the temperature (we keep the house at 78 in the summer, ~68-70 in the winter, and I've been misting it with water two or three times a day. I'm actually going to put it in my bathroom so the heat and steam from baths/showers should be good for it.

Just for future documentation, I just transplanted it and used:


I didn't use any moss in the mix itself since that seemed counter-intuitive (and it looks like you would agree). Apparently I bought the wrong perlite (and used it as well), so we'll see how badly that screws it up. My mom is a bit of a greenthumb and told me for plants that need well draining soil, she puts rocks at the bottom of her pots to help aid with that, so I put a layer of some chunky rocks from my front yard that look like this:
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Am I overthinking all of this? Most likely. Is this my baby? Absolutely :hilarious:
 

Kalm with Kava

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Also more pictures from, because what kava guy doesn't want to see pictures of kava?

I'll routinely post update pictures along the way. I feel like the more this can be documented the better.
 

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sɥɐʞɐs

Avg. Dosage: 8 Tbsp. (58g)
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looks like my project might be over before it even really started. almost all my cuttings have already started turning brown and rubbery. that was a fun waste of money.
 

Kalm with Kava

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looks like my project might be over before it even really started. almost all my cuttings have already started turning brown and rubbery. that was a fun waste of money.
Sad sad sad. I spent the week up north out of the heat and left my beloved kava child with my mother in law. While it seemed to fare well enough, I am seeing that all of the leaves have holes in them.
 

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Alia

'Awa Grower/Collector
I've been misting twice a day. Too little? Too much?
I think twice a day is fine although maybe a bit more is needed if you have really dry air.
I only drove through Arizona once when Route 66 really was Route 66 long ago ('72).
Again, it is worth looking under the leaves pic. 1 and 4 particularly.
 

Kalm with Kava

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I think twice a day is fine although maybe a bit more is needed if you have really dry air.
I only drove through Arizona once when Route 66 really was Route 66 long ago ('72).
Again, it is worth looking under the leaves pic. 1 and 4 particularly.
I'll order that microscope and see what's underneath. I'm out of town for a couple more days (being busy stinks), but when I get back I should have the scope to check it out
 

Alia

'Awa Grower/Collector
What do I do, kava doctors?! I'm getting browning on basically all of my leaves and it's starting to look like a sinking ship!
You are not actually showing the underside of the leaf in these pictures but from your description it sounds like red spider mites.
If so, and if this kava is an "ornamental" I think Abamectin would be allowed.
If a crop you'd have to go with light oil (Sun-Spray) or a Neem product.
Oil and/or Neem are broad spectrum but the Abamectin is more specific to Red Spider Mites.
 

Kalm with Kava

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You are not actually showing the underside of the leaf in these pictures but from your description it sounds like red spider mites.
If so, and if this kava is an "ornamental" I think Abamectin would be allowed.
If a crop you'd have to go with light oil (Sun-Spray) or a Neem product.
Oil and/or Neem are broad spectrum but the Abamectin is more specific to Red Spider Mites.
Yea, I couldn't really get a good picture magnified at all, let alone on the back side.

But yes, that's exactly what they look like. It is ornamental, but who knows, maybe in 5 years after I put it in a giant pot I'll want to harvest it. I'll check out a Neem product -- thanks!
 

sɥɐʞɐs

Avg. Dosage: 8 Tbsp. (58g)
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I'm fairly certain that if you erected a sterile biodome on mars and grew brand new kava plants from stem cuttings, there would suddenly exist martian spider mites, aphids & slugs to chomp the plants to death.

I've had some luck with All Seasons brand Horticultural Oil. 1.5 or 2 Tablespoon in a gallon of water...shake it up...pour some into a spray bottle and spray the under side of the leaves...don't miss the curled over part on the browned edges.
 
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