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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Semi-Hydro

I thought I'd talk about growing in Semi-Hydro (S/H).  This technique was developed by First Rays, and if you haven't had a chance to check out his site, well it's one of the best out there.  It was developed for growing orchids, but I have to admit, I've killed every orchid I ever tried in it.  But the Hoyas, especially the ones that like to be kept on the moist side, grow bonkers in it.  Here are a couple pictures of a plant that I received a little over a year ago named Hoya multiflora.  I do suspect though that it is really Hoya javanica.













After only a little over one year, growing in S/H, this plant has bloomed numerous times, and is about 24 inches tall already.  I have tried about 20 different Hoyas in S/H.  Most just recently so no results yet.  But interesting, Hoya cumingiana, which when grown traditionally, needs to dry out well in order to bloom, is growing and has bloomed in S/H.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer is here

Well it has been a while since I wrote anything.  The next couple days I should have a lot to add though. With summer arriving, the Hoyas are growing and blooming away.  I'm going to be putting together a Hoya list, of all the Hoyas I have soon.

But, here is one I have had for almost three years now.  I received it from SRQ Hoyas (which I can't praise enough).  It bloomed for the first time last summer, and this summer it is putting on a show.  The frangrance of this Hoya is odd to me.  Kind of smells like rotten oranges and cinnamon mixed together.  I have seen others describe it as a mixture of dill and cinnamon.  But no matter the fragrance, it is a vigorous plant for me.  I currently have it potted in coconut coir in a 5 inch pot with slits on the sides.  I allow it to dry out completely before watering again, and it gets full sun from about 10am to 2pm.

Hoya cumingiana



Hoya cumingiana close-up




 
Hoya cumingiana close-up