I have seen a couple of posts where experienced people suggested that they did not have any luck with a species until they "put it in hydro" or "semi-hydro". I thought it would be good to gather together all those species names in one spot. So, I'm hoping the collected wise ones here can answer the question: which species need "hydro-culture" or self-watering pots?
Name: Carol Noel Hawaii (near Hilo) It's all about choices.
Hmmmm. In my case (from 50% - 100% humidity) using very loose mix, there are some that seem to grow better in MORE hydroton than the 1/6portion I add to my normal mix. H. retusa seems to do better, all of the finlaysonii/callistophylla groups that want moisture but not root soggy. I'll have to check the gh tomorrow and see which other ones...
I grow a few in turface and they seem to do well but a couple have done very well.These hoyas are the ones growing way better then when in my coir mix.lambii,vitellina,odorata,paziae and buotii grows like a weed.I am slowly changing over all my hoyas to S/H.
Any that I find difficult to maintain I transfer to SH, and fingers crossed, I haven't killed any of the ones I have transferred. I just started this last year - so it will be interesting to see how they do during this years growing season.
I'm pretty pleased with this - as they were doomed to the compost bin otherwise.
There are only 3: hoya megalantha, hoya sp Ovalau Island and h nicholsoniae
OK, this is really the first time I've uploaded large images to this site, so tell me how the pictures look.
Here are a few styles of self-watering pots I use. First, a silly style with a strap of web for a wick, and a window in the side of the plastic outer pot so one can see how much is left in the reservoir. They are too tall and not available in larger sizes, but I do like them for small plants. I do not know the manufacturer.
Second, a cheap style I like a lot that has a detachable saucer and a hole big enough to test the water level with a finger. This style is great with hydroton balls. Might not be good in areas with mosquito problems. I have heard that these pots, called a "ribbed plant spa" by Misco, have gone out of production, but you can still find them on line.
And third, the new style from Architectural Supplements (ASI) that has the cool feature of a little red indicator rod that floats up in a clear bubble when there is water down below. It has a big tube that makes adding water easy, but has a lid to exclude dirt and bugs. This system comes with a small bag of hydroton to place at the base with a fill of normal soil on top, but it works well with an all hydroton fill too. They come in a huge range of sizes, but are not cheap. The walls are not super thick, but sturdy enough; most people would put these inside a more decorative outer pot.
I would like to see other styles if you have them.
I just use ordinary plastic pots, with all hydroton, and stand the pot in a normal plant saucer. When the saucer is dry, I put more water in...
Self watering pots are really difficult to find in the UK. I got some REALLY cheap ones off ebay. I grow engleriana in that very successfully. They have an enclosed water vessel that secure to the base of the pot - which makes the pot really tall. The water tends to go very green - so I've stopped using them, except for engleriana, which I let run dry anyway! (I forget to water it!)
All other SW pots are too expensive for me. Ikea did some nice ones - but they are all huge unfortunately.
Randy, I can't take a photo of my pot, because it is inside a second pot, and I have bamboo hoops between the pots. It would be difficult to separate it to photograph. Here is a link that shows what it looks like. Unfortunately, this guy's business is now defunct. http://www.firstrays.com/shphotos.htm
All it is is a plastic container with a couple of holes melted into it about an 1 1/2" from the bottom.
Dee, everytime I water, I fertilize as well. I water and all the excess flows out of the holes.
Thanks, Dave and Doug. Your pictures and website referral were very helpful.
I know we've had discussions about hydroton and I think I might try to start adding some to my hoyas that require more moisture. I have to say that during my recent health issues I have seriously neglected a few hoyas and much to my surprise they are flourishing. Fathom that!