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Imagejohoya
Jul 17, 2012 1:47 AM CST
Name: Jelinda Ivey
Thomson,Ga.
zone 8a
When it got to hot for my Hoya's i put them all in a place with a roof that gets minimal sun mainly shade.I went to check my plants last night and something is digging around in them,to the point of disturbing the root system.
My H.brevialata is one of the victims,Well pictures speak a thousand words!
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could this be the culprit fleeing the scene i thought it seemed unlikely,it's a baby & a lot of damage has been done.
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I found some pine straw in my H. carnosa 'Krimson princess' and my H.carnosa 'Chelsea'.My Hubby said the wind blew them in my plants?Even if the closest pine trees aren't any where close to the plants, but i cleaned it out.That was Sunday afternoon,This afternoon checking my H.'KP' and found more pine straw leaves etc... I figured a bird had decided to make a nest in my Hoya carnosa 'Krimson princess'. I thought if i kept removing the stuff he was putting in the plant he would go on and find another home.
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So today i removed it's nest making material again to make .Me & hubby went to pharmacy to pick up some medicine I really need for my MS,Stopped at walwart gone no more than 2 hrs. and checked my plant to find.
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All of my Hoya's except the H.polyneura and my H. compacta 'variagata' were hanging there.Here's some of my plants. the only one not touch that was outside is my DS-70. Lovey dubby

Here's some more pictures, if anyone knows how to keep birds out of my hanging baskets i would really appreciate it.

Can Lizards do some of the damage in the pictures,do they eat foliage?I thought their diet was strictly bugs.If anyone has any idea's or has seen this before please share your experience with me and how it turned out.

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These Epi's were sitting under the hanging baskets,trying not to get to much sun.Could a lizard or any creature that it's not unusual to see around be getting a taste of every plant i have put back there??

ps.any advice is welcome at this time, i have had to bring all of them inside.Really want to put them back outside.Thumb of 2012-07-17/johoya/de9a93
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I asked for a flower and he gave me a garden,then grand-kids to work in it with me!!!!
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AlohaHoya
Jul 17, 2012 11:39 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I have lots of 'anole's in my greenhouse...they keep the plants clean as they eat bugs. I see them licking the honey dripping from the flowers and I think that's really cool. I consider them my little helpers!!! I also have ghekos in there... Haven't seen them eating anything else...but if they want to taste some flowers/leaves, that's OK with me (they are NOT going to kill the plant)...If they poop in the pot they are helping!!

As for birds...I can't imagine any harm they could do; building a nest would act like mulch and keep moisture from evaporating. Bird poop is great fertilizer. Now...if the birds were vultures or ostriches, I would be concerned. In 2 or your last 3 photos the roots look exposed and I would put some top soil on them...or a mulch. Hand the hoyas the birds like near to where humans or animals are and they won't feel it's safe to build their nest. Spray water on the plants frequently and they won't think it's safe.

Remember that in the wild the hoyas get a lot worse treatment.

You can always lay some bird netting over the plants...some kind of fabric like the mesh bags potatoes or oranges come in...to keep the birds out. I think it would be cool to have birds nesting in my plants... Big Grin
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagejohoya
Jul 18, 2012 1:37 PM CST
Name: Jelinda Ivey
Thomson,Ga.
zone 8a
I agree it would be cool except they are uprooting my plants.The roots were covered completely.I don't know if the birds were scratching for bugs but they managed to actually uproot a couple stems and they fell out of the plant.I don't think birds would eat or break enough roots to do that and having to dig the roots up first.It was 7 plants that was disturbed.If i hadn't moved them in time,i don't know what my plants would look like or even be alive given time.I think something besides a bird was part of this!! No idea what???

I don't see birds eating the leaves but you can see the leaves have been munched on down to the stems.I don't think it's just birds because of the amount of damage done to my plants.I had to bring them in until i can figure something out.They were hanging on my back porch,can't get any more populated than the porch.
I asked for a flower and he gave me a garden,then grand-kids to work in it with me!!!!
AlohaHoya
Jul 18, 2012 4:27 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Well...netting will keep everything off the plants and won't hurt the plants. OH, the lizards can get in but they are pretty harmless. I can buy a HUGE roll of 3/4" bird netting really cheap, so it shouldn't be a problem there on the mainland
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagemjsponies
Jul 19, 2012 5:53 AM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
Have you noticed any House Wrens around ? I've had to chase them out of the greenhouse countless times as they wanted to build their nests in there. They completely demolished a pot of H. curtsii I had rooting on a pot of sphagnum moss, and I've had them try to build nests in potted plants that were hanging under the barn eves. I seriously doubt the lizards are the problem.
Imagejohoya
Jul 22, 2012 9:21 AM CST
Name: Jelinda Ivey
Thomson,Ga.
zone 8a
I have figured out what's eating my plants and working their way to the plants roots then eating them Grumbling

I haven't figured out what they are exactly but they are the biggest grasshoppers i have ever seen.They are big and brown,the biggest,meanest,ugliest grass hopper i have ever seen.

A lot of people with corn fields etc... have problems with these grass hoppers eating the crops and from what i've heard enough of them can do some damage to a field of crops.

Trying to get a picture but they are fast to be so big.
I asked for a flower and he gave me a garden,then grand-kids to work in it with me!!!!
ImageJulieK
Jul 22, 2012 11:51 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
UK
Hummm, I know how you feel Jelinda. I found the new shoot on my H naumannii cutting munched to a stalk yesterday. I was SO pleased at how well it was growing, and was delighted with the new growth... Crying
I fear it was something a little less sinister than a mutant grasshopper - more like a very fat snail/slug... Grumbling
plumania
Jul 22, 2012 12:35 PM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Jelinda, I have seen huge grasshoppers in Miami and Homestead areas here in Florida. Although they may eat the foliage, hard to imagine they would dig into your pots.
Imagejohoya
Jul 24, 2012 7:56 PM CST
Name: Jelinda Ivey
Thomson,Ga.
zone 8a
I finally got a picture of the culprit eating my plants.Well not anymore they seem to stay in the back close to the woods.I have hung all my baskets in the front under some tree's and they are all growing wonderfully.

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I asked for a flower and he gave me a garden,then grand-kids to work in it with me!!!!
AlohaHoya
Jul 24, 2012 10:42 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Isn't it great when you find the perp and can win?
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagejohoya
Jul 25, 2012 8:10 AM CST
Name: Jelinda Ivey
Thomson,Ga.
zone 8a
I agree
Yea it is, Hurray! my husband said less just spray and get rid of them,when he found out that a corn field down the road didn't get planted this year.Evidently that's where they usually live.The farmer said he fights them every year and they are almost impossible to get rid of.They eat the young corn to the ground,and climb the stalks that do make it,starting at the top of the stalk eating their way down until the corn has no stalk left to grow on.

I still haven't looked them up to see exactly what they are.I have been given a bunch of succulents from a friend that passed away's husband and i've never grown succulents,busy doing research,getting them potted and trying not to kill them But i told the hubby we made a perfect home for them by cutting down so many tree's,then making huge piles of limb's & tree trunks.Since they seem content in the back and i did find a shady place in the front we will let them be until they migrate to the front yard or we decide to plant something in the back they like.So far the only thing i have put in the back are some wild hibiscus we dug up in a swampy area on the side of the road.I need to go check them.For now they are safe but i hope the field gets planted soon or at least next year.

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I asked for a flower and he gave me a garden,then grand-kids to work in it with me!!!!
Imagerevelation19
Jul 25, 2012 9:34 AM CST
Name: Daniel
Saxonia-Anhalt / Germany
Hey Jelinda,

when the farmer doesn´t grow anything to feed his pets and they come over to you and eat your hoyas, take him for some regress... Rolling on the floor laughing
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein

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