Originally Posted by CFP65
how fragile are these smalll tubes of tissueculture to temperature swings and lightloss for longer periods, is it the same as when mailing clones or are they more fagile
you likely would receive as a rooting plantlet, which will be fine as far as light can always add small watch battery and led. they are ran on hormones and sugars and salts so use that more then producing it own energy.
they are pretty fragile once out of the tube and need to be kept humid and slowly introduced to unfiltered light as leaves are paper thin and used to basically a womb if you will. perhaps would ship at normal clone size already hardened off which of course takes extra care time and space which sort of defeats the purpose of microcultures small and easy to ship format.
guys in colorado tried this already and hasnt worked out. but is great for archiving cultivars. in my limited experience with tissue culture its not as fast as taking a clone rooting it and taking clones of those clones. renews and cleans old clones tho so def has a place. I think there will be a huge hord of genetics by LPs not wanting to share there proprietery var.