Growing conditions forum: Soils

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Feb 3, 2010 11:16 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
Hoya, most of them anyways, prefer a light, well drained soil. There are almost as many soil recipes as there are Hoya.
I use regular potting mix, orchid mix, perlite and whatever else I have handy at the moment...broken pot shards in my last batch.
Feb 3, 2010 7:09 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
I use a combination of:

Potting Soil (usually Miracle Grow since that's what I find locally)
Orchid Bark mix (the one that has charcoal in it)

This makes a very light, chunky, fast draining mix. I'm not sure of the ratio because I just dump it all into a big tub and mix it up until it looks "right" to my eyes Lol, but I don't use as much soil as the other two ingredients.

The only thing I plant in potting soil anymore are African Violets and other Gesneriads. Orchids get the appropriate bark mix but every other houseplant, tropical and container plant is grown in the above mix.

It's also important to mention that what may work for me, may not work for the next person. Our climates and conditions may be different, our feeding/watering regimens may differ, therefore we have to through trial and error figure out what works best for us to keep our plants happy and growing healthy.

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