General Chat forum: Hoya Information....

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AlohaHoya
Jan 14, 2011 11:17 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
OK...I have GOOD news, and I have MORE GOOD news!

1. Good News (for me)...I am NOT going to write/compile/edit a book re: hoya cultivation. I entertained the idea for a while, and I got great support from various corners for it. I simply do NOT have time. Last year I made 70 years old and am starting to slow down a wee bit Whistling . I have 2 orchards, 12 acres, and a house to take care of. Then there are the things I am committed to such as Self Sufficiency for our state because one day the boats won't be coming... Most important - I want to paint! Yes...I want to paint and lose myself in my creative processes: a big mosaic sign for the street number....all that sort of 'stuff'. Big Grin

2. More GOOD news...Here on this Cubit there is the framework/enthusiasm/knowledge and fingerpower (for the keyboard) to create the most complete Hurray! versatile Hurray! and useful I tip my hat to you. source for Hoya Cultivation Information!!!!

We ALL know this. But we are expecting someone else to do it!!!

WITHIN this group there is a tremendous amount of knowledge!!! Experience!!!

The DATABASE is the beginning of something really powerful...there is not another one like it. OH...maybe one of the Swedish groups has one...but it is not available anyone.

LEEANNE STARK is tremendously knowlegeable ... she writes well, she is very computer literate...she is in control of this powerful 'machine'...and she can create just about anything we want here: Sections on Lighting, Airflow, Trellising etc.

INTERNATIONAL growers and collectors, like Songkrup, Zig....Dom in Spain with years of experience....lots of us. Even YOU...yes YOU in Florida or Idaho or Vermont... YOU have succeeded growing many hoyas in your environment and that is VERY useful information!!! Songkrup has some of the MOST thorough and detailed photos I have ever seen.

No one person...not me nor anyone who grows hoyas...can tell anyone how to grow a hoya/what potting mix to use/the BEST way to propagate cuttings...NO ONE can. But Thumbs up we can all share the knowledge and experiences we do have!!!

In my brief experience, I have learned there are not any 'difficult hoyas to grow'...but there are hoyas I have difficulty growing!!!!

SO...I propose that we start out by all contributing to the database...photos/how we grow that specific hoya/what we have learned about that hoya/etc. If we find something interesting online...share it in the appropriate area....

What do you think? I must get 10 emails a week asking me questions about "What hoya will grow well for me" (where do you live, what are your conditions, do you know about growing tropicals.....) "How do I grow these hoyas?", "What is the potting medium I should use".... If the answers/suggestions/ideas were available online...so many people could get involved in growing hoyas..there would be a larger community and a greater awareness.....

So....let's hear your ideas!!! What you would like to see and your ideas for making this happen?????? Lovey dubby I tip my hat to you.
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ImageHoyaDoug
Jan 16, 2011 8:50 AM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Carol,

I agree whole heartedly with all that you say. The potential is huge with our database, and I am willing to do all that I can to help. I think one of the first things on the agenda needs to be ease of navigation. I admit that I do not use our database that often, and when I do, I have a hard time finding what I am looking for. I particularly like the way some of the Swedes set up there sites. You click on Hoyas A-C and it brings up a list to browse, and then you can pluck a species out of the list, click on it, and then go right to it. I find that much easier to navigate - much like chapters in a book.

Doug
Imagethreegardeners
Jan 16, 2011 9:37 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
I could make it show like that easy enough....so that when you click on "browse all entries" it will show all of the letters and you could just click on the first letter and see all of the Hoyas that begin with that letter....the only problem is that it will then show them not scientifically correct.
ImageHoyaDoug
Jan 16, 2011 10:40 AM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Lee Anne,

I just spent a little time looking at some of the entries of the database, and maybe the navigation is not that bad. I think more than anything we need to start posting some information about the plants themselves: geographic origin, how we each grow it in our own conditions etc. It definitely has the potential to be better and more current than any book could ever be.
AlohaHoya
Jan 16, 2011 11:35 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Thanks, Doug...my point exactly!!! The Database can be changed quickly: a book would be outdated before it were printed!!! And to accomodate all of the information...it would be HUGE=expensive. There is a new book coming out of the Netherlands sometime this year on Hoya Horticulture... I am hopeful they will have more information in it beside how to grow hoyas in Norther Europe!!!!

Even if someone has NO different information than, say, someone has already posted...their information on growing could confirm an issue for someone i.e. someone in Vermont grows H. acuta ABC and another in Montana grows it the same way...it would give the information that in cold/dry/northern areas with HUGE daylight length swings hoyas can be grown a certain way. No?

The same thing with Growing Medium...

I will go in there and add info, too...

Lee Anne...one thing I find irksome is the two sections: one to add a new hoya and one is the entire database. Confusing....to me? Can it be clearer?

Smiling
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songkranupa
Jan 17, 2011 5:49 AM CST
Carol, You are hard work. I want to help you if I can.
Imagepropmaker
Jan 17, 2011 7:04 AM CST
Name: Dominic Murray
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

I thiunk that might mean 'you work hard' ?
:))
AlohaHoya
Jan 17, 2011 10:00 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Hey Dom...he is a quick study!!! I am hard work! Thanks Songkran...lets get some fires lit under the members here and DO IT!!! Ears perked up! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
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songkranupa
Jan 17, 2011 11:54 PM CST
propmaker wrote:I thiunk that might mean 'you work hard' ?
:))


I'm sorry. Yes "You work hard" Confused
3nigma
Oct 18, 2020 12:09 AM CST
I am looking for a couple hoyas that need to go to Hi. To be specific, I want to find a Reverse varigated Gerrie (sp) my brain just took a break. Also I'd like to find a Mc Dougall, to send to a friend north of Hilo.

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