Name: Carol Noel Hawaii (near Hilo) It's all about choices.
I would really like to give you a very PUBLIC recognition for that video, Doug! Excellent. I especially admire how you didn't drop a since pellet in the whole 20+ mins!!! I would have them all over the house by the end!!!!
One wee suggestion for growers who live in humid areas: tying the plastic bag around the pot may contribute to the plant rotting (it does mine)...so leaving some breathing room, or not closing the bag up tight might be considered. This IS basically how I propagate...and it works beautifully!
Keep the videos coming, Doug...they are wonderful!!!
He makes it very clear that this is how he grows in his climate, and judging by the thousands of visitors from all over the world - many people value the detail he provides. It seems that Russian, Czech and Polish hoya growers are some of the most frequent visitors to his site (along with me ). We have the most similar weather conditions to Doug, and I consider his growing information Gospel
A truely inspirational catalogue of information and tips! Living in a very hard water area, I was blown away by the simplicity of the hose-pipe water softener that Doug installs in his greenhouses. I researched that over here - and the only similar thing I could find was on an 'eco' website, charging £47!!! We're obviously not as technologically advanced in the UK However - it has sown a seed....
It's comforting to know that someone else gets their misting nozzles furred up within a season, like I do - but if Doug can grow hoyas like he does - then thats motivation enough for me
Wow! I really appreciate all of the praise Thank you so much Carol, Mitzi, Alka, and Julie! I have really had a lot of fun making these videos. It took a while to get up the courage to step in front of the camera, but I guess there is no turning back now I have quite a few new videos that are in various stages of completion including a comparison of Hoya praetorii cuttings grown conventionally and in semi-hydro. It has taken me a long time, but for many of these really fussy Hoyas, I'm really coming around to growing them in hydroton.
Doug,in my case , I was too busy paying attention to what you were saying and doing with those pots and plants. .And you were very humble and made no effort to impose your views on any one . You did an awesome job with the plant AND video and I hope you continue to do that. A person needs quite a bit of experience and confidence in that experience to do a neat show like that.Not only the plants, you are quite experienced at making a video also. So stop worrying .
What a treasure !
I'm with you Doug about the fussy hoyas - I'm putting them all in hydro and have started rooting all my cuttings in hydro...once again. I will however change them over to my regular mix once they've rooted, unlike my previous attempt at semi-hydro where I put up to 50% of mine into hydro, and not many of the fast growers were very happy. I'll just have to do some homework to find out which new cuttings I get will be fussy (like sigillatis and square leaf)). I put davidcummingii into hydroton a couple of months ago; it hadn't grown since I got it, and it now has lots of new growth.
And I agree wholeheartedly, Doug your movie was really great and obviously very helpful; even my husband watched it without complaining. You're my favourite new movie star!!
Thanks so much Christine I too went into the semi-hydro thing in a big way a few years ago with less than stellar results on many of my plants. That is why I'm being very conservative this go around. It is now my go to method after I have failed one or two times with a plant trying to grow it the conventional way. Hopefully my new video showing the comparison between the two methods on Hoya praetorii will be up tomorrow. The movie is all done; the file is just too big to try to upload from home.
Hydro or hydroponics is completely different. It relies on pumps to continually send a nutrient solution over the hydroton, which is then recirculated and sprayed right back on to the little clay balls. If a pump goes down so does your plant. You also have to contiunally monitor the ph of the solution. It is much too complicated for me to fool around with. Semi-hydro is more passive - just pour water on when you feel like it, and it wicks up from the reservoir.