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AlohaHoya
Aug 9, 2012 11:45 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
OK...#1 is going to be how Ted taught me to grow H. spartioides. This is a very strange H. as the leaves are miniscule along the short stem and often just aren't there. The entire plant is peduncles...and at the end of the peduncles, a flower. So....this has been growing in this tiny little clay pot for 2 years....and I have had it outside. This winter we had NON STOP rain for 2 months and it was cold...and I felt this little plant that likes to dry out between watering would die...so I put it in the greenhouse, up high in the warmth in the shady part. It flourished.

Now...right off the bat I was sure I would lose this young plant: 1) it was in a clay pot, 2) it was growing in spagnum moss and 3) Ted insisted that it grow at an angle, thus the funny hanger.

WRONG!!! he was spot on. Against my better judgement I did what he told me to do and...well, it worked!!! I let it dry out between soakings...and dry it gets!!!!

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AlohaHoya
Aug 9, 2012 11:48 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Here's H. patella...hanging from the top support in the greenhouse. From the dried out tips of the vines, I feel she really likes to climb...so I'm going to repot her and let her climb on a tomato cage.

My stock is being reduced to a mere shadow of what it was....and that makes me very happy!!!! It is really just a hobby now...Thumb of 2012-08-10/AlohaHoya/14da9f
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AlohaHoya
Aug 11, 2012 11:47 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Between the back of the house and the little building where I have my Studio (I call it my Women's Cave) is a rather untamed area (isn't it all?) where I'm clearing out underbrush to plant 'my' underbrush!!!! And I'm putting up logs between the trees for hoyas to grow on...and plan on extending this all around the cottage. You see, the trees we have have adapted to growing advanticiously on lava so they are shallow rooted and grow straight up...not out (less wind resistance that way). I planted one tree FULL of Stephanotis...one of the most fragrant flowers in the world and 4 or 5 hoyas... I thought they had died and my planting was a bust until one day I saw hoya seeds floating by in the breeze...one after another. I traced them back and there they all were happy as clams at 45' up in the tree where I could barely see them. Now I am giving them a Jungle Gym of their own...Thumb of 2012-08-12/AlohaHoya/45891e I have already hung an aff. albiflora, globifera and graveolens.
I could use plastic or metal which would last longer....but it would look so sterile. Bamboo looks really cool but doesn't last very long and some hoyas have a hard time growing on it...it's so slipery. The poles (trees that have fallen or blown down and we cut down) will start to fall apart in 7-8 years...but so will I so at that point I don't think it is going to be a big issue. Rolling on the floor laughing

As it grows I'll add to the post.... Oh, on the other side of the walk is mostly jungle...but I have a passion fruit vine growing in the bushes and just planted 4 long vines of H. australis .... it will grow up the trees in in the bushes and I don't care!!!!!
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Susan727
Aug 12, 2012 7:18 AM CST
Looks like a little piece of heaven to me.

Susan
AlohaHoya
Aug 12, 2012 10:39 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Actually....it is! I could be modest...but it is pure wonderful! And I am SOOooooo lucky!
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Imageknghoyas
Aug 12, 2012 1:10 PM CST
Name: Kim Tipton
Western NY
Carol, ???

I have tried rooting Stephanotis no less than 10 times, and failed each and every time... any tips!
AlohaHoya
Aug 12, 2012 2:15 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
It's really really hard to root from cuttings...grows best from seed. If I find a seed pod, you want some seeds? Big Grin
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Imageknghoyas
Aug 12, 2012 2:43 PM CST
Name: Kim Tipton
Western NY
That be great Carol, Thank you
Dee2
Aug 12, 2012 4:21 PM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
Carol, that looks so great. I cannot wait to do that for myself. I will be retiring in 2 years and so look forward to me time....

Dee
AlohaHoya
Aug 12, 2012 6:46 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Super Dee...you will have such fun!!!

They are really easy from seed, Kim....!!! like weeds....
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