ARTICLES request forum: Lets write some articles

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AlohaHoya
May 30, 2010 6:10 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
If anyone has an article they would like to write, an interview they would like to do, run it by me first. I would like this Cubit to be interesting to everyone....
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Imagestormyla
Aug 12, 2010 11:34 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Carol, I just dropped in to congratulate you on being Todays' Featured Cubit. Thumbs up Wasn't really sure where to post, so I figured this was as good a spot as any. These are beautiful plants and you are doing a wonderful job of exploring and promoting them!! Good Luck. Big Grin
AlohaHoya
Aug 13, 2010 10:47 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Thanks, Stormy...glad you visit!!!! Lovey dubby
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Dee2
Aug 13, 2010 12:01 PM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
Carol,

Why don't you write another one, yours are always so full of fun and interesting places you visit and of course they are about our favorite subject.

Dee Hurray! Big Grin
AlohaHoya
Aug 13, 2010 12:03 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
OK..I can do...how about a subject?????
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JuneBug
Feb 25, 2011 11:27 PM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
Could you please write an article for the novice? How to take care of a plant that hopped into the cart whilst shopping at the big box store?
I am thinking of an article that would show how to repot into something more appropriate for their roots and their beauty, how/when to water, fertilize, mist...how to use BATS...how to buy or make a trellis for their pot...how to keep them clean and lovely...

OK, I know so little about them that I don't quite know what I need to know to successfully take care of them. As you do and are so good at writing, could you please write something for us beginners?
AlohaHoya
Feb 26, 2011 11:32 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
June...can you buy hoyas at the big box stores in S. Korea? Do you grow any other tropicals as houseplants?
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JuneBug
Feb 26, 2011 8:33 PM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
The Army Commissary is set up just like a conventional American grocery store, so it has plants tucked in by the entrance and on a table by the checkouts. DH cannot resist them at all and neither can I. We have moved to a country that has 95+% of it's citizens living in apartments, and we are in 'garden withdrawls' here on the 14th floor. While we don't have many plants, it is more a space issue than an availability one.
AlohaHoya
Feb 26, 2011 11:00 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
June, growing hoyas is really not a mystery...and certainly not rocket science Rolling my eyes. ...If you have grown house plants, especially tropicals and epiphytes, they are grown very similarly. Think of philodendrons. Think of orchids.... The best thing to do is to search this cubit, Hooked on Hoyas Cubit...surf the web, read articles... I really can't tell anyone when to repot because that's a judgement call... Most of us can advise how 'we' grow our hoyas...but to tell someone else with their particular climate, humidity etc. is very special.... Hoyas grown for the bigbox stores are a whole other ball of wax....I have never had luck with them...but folks growing them indoors have had luck...

What hoyas do you have?
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Imagemjsponies
Feb 28, 2011 5:17 AM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
[quote=" Hoyas grown for the bigbox stores are a whole other ball of wax....I have never had luck with them...but folks growing them indoors have had luck...[/quote]

I've gotten a couple Hoya's from our local Lowe's. I think both were bought during the spring or summer, and the first thing I do is take the saucer off the hanging pot they come in. I also gradually acclimate them to "outside life" by placing them in a shady location. Once they've settled in a bit I repot them, changing out the soil to a better draining mix and depending on the variety move to a little more sun. I fertilize with a Fish emulsion (Alaska or Alaska Bloom -more?).
Hoya's I've gotten else where, ie a grower, don't ususlly need the repotting right away, but I do acclimate them to outside life. All ours live outside till the temps start to drop into the upper 40's on a consistent basis. Then they go into the greenhouse if they are small enough, or into our barn, although we have a pretty large one that get's covered with a blanket till threat of a freeze, then it get's moved to, but that's quite a chore as it's pretty heavy !
Here it is at the end of last May.

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AlohaHoya
Feb 28, 2011 11:40 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
NICE....thanks MJ. I find that plants bought from Exotic Angel are planted with wetting crystals which retain the water....and in a humid climate, they rot the roots.... I have tried repotting but the plant suffers ... I think it is here!!!

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Imagemjsponies
Feb 28, 2011 1:10 PM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
I think another problem with Exotic Angels is they cram so many cuttings into a pot they are over crowed from the get go. I've taken out a few "plugs' before changed up the soil a little and the plants did great.
JuneBug
Mar 2, 2011 1:46 AM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
I have a carnosa crimson queen. I repotted it with a bunch of bark fines and a little of the dirt/grit that it came with about 8 months ago. It didn't do any growing at all until I gave it it's big winter bath/watering & weak BATS tonic. I had figured to only water in winter when I saw on the weather map that it's home range was getting rain and that only happened once this winter. Well, it has started growing from every tip. I am wondering if it is too early in the year for this and maybe I should not have watered it..I am also wondering about the point that MJ brought up as it does look kind of crowded in there. Should I repot in spring and move the many plants away from each other in a larger pot?
How much of the liquid BATS should I use to a quart of water? How often should I use it in the summer growth period?

Thanks so much.
AlohaHoya
Mar 2, 2011 10:43 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Plants get water from many sources not just rain. Growing wild (and climbing trees and shrubs) they get moisture from what they are climbing on as well as the air. Water your carnosa when it gets dry... Also, after you water (not every time but when you think it needs repotting) tip it out of the pot it is in and if the water hasn't saturated all of the root system, then is the time to repot. With 2 Tablespoons of BATS per gallon of water, the ratio would work out to be 1/2 Tsbl. per quart.

Hope this helps. Big Grin
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Imagemjsponies
Mar 2, 2011 7:06 PM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
What's Bats ? Confused
AlohaHoya
Mar 2, 2011 7:33 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub. It's a drench...lasts for almost a year. Same ingredient as your dog's anti flea med = Imidocloprid.... I tip my hat to you.
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JuneBug
Mar 3, 2011 8:32 PM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
Thank You Carol!

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