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Jul 17, 2012 10:56 PM CST
Name: laurah
Zone 6 Midwest
hi, i have been lurking on hoya forums for awhile...will probably venture over to gardenwebs hoya forum too. just wanted to introduce myself...was into orchids ( yes...*that* addiction or anyone who is familiar :-). .....had to scale back for several reasons. oddly...not so much the addiction...since now it's hoyas. my first to bloom was a hoya obscura from Gardinos that i bought as a small but healthy its huge and the best smell!!! thank you for having this forum...I look forward to hearing from all.
laurah aka \"gplainshoya\"
Jul 18, 2012 1:07 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
Welcome Lurker Big Grin
Jul 18, 2012 6:43 AM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Yes, Welcome GPlainsHoya Lurker Smiling People are always coming and going on the Hoya forums. I have been participating for around five or six years. I sometimes wonder what happened to the many of people who posted heavily, collected scores of Hoyas, and seamingly disappeared off the face of the earth. Did their busy lives overtake them; did some of their plants go south (die) and they got discourged and quit the hobby; did they get offended on a forum and that was the end of it? I can think of at least a dozen people probably more who have vanished over the years. I guess I'm being reflective this morning Sticking tongue out Anyhow welcome to the Hoya Cubit; there are a lot of great people around here and much information to be picked up!
Jul 18, 2012 11:39 AM CST
Name: laurah
Zone 6 Midwest
Thank you all for the kind welcome...I live in zone 6...Kansas to be exact....the kansas city area...we have terrible weather extremes here and no ocean!:-( being from florida/ georgia originally ( many years ago)...i miss the winters that is!!!! :-)

Our forecast for today is 105* F...and like most of the US, we havent had rain for it is very dry dusty and windy here. Here in landlocked Kansas, we get very very cold winters, lots of snow, and ...then very hot summers. Sucks for Hoya and orchid growers! (who don't have a greenhouse...and do the South windows in Winter...north decks in summer!)my hoyas are:
h.carnosa (duh!) (regular and Chelsea)
h.obscura, 'philip'
h.Australis 'brookfield'
-keysii (still rooted cuttings right now I got at a local nursery..asked, of course!!:-)
h.lacunosa ( Poonsak, minileaf, and ...not sure, i think 'royal flush'? last 2 are EA)
h. bella
h. nummularoides
h. ds-70
h. shepherdii
h. acuta
h. wayettii
h. curtisii
h. pubicalyx 'pink silver'....

only a few of mine so far are 'mature'...
and i have probably over a dozen smaller others that i recently acquired that are small starters, which include h. fungii, h. estrella waterfalls, h. pallida, h. pubifera...gosh..definitely more....reading these hoya forums inspired me to...get hoyaddicted! thank you, hoya cubit forum! we will see if i can get these to survive and maybe thrive in zone 6..with no gh :-)

Doug: I love your website...Vermont Hoyas, right? Very awesome to see the first hand accounts from a not so hoya friendly state...albeit a lot more humid (rainfall) than my neck of the woods! You have extensive practise and I admire your bravery in trying so many hoyas and then sharing your successes, failures, and insights!
laurah aka \"gplainshoya\"
Jul 18, 2012 12:49 PM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Thank you Gplains! Every time I think my location is tough, there is someone who has tougher conditions to grow in than I do. Right now, with temps in the high 80°s and low 90°s and high humidity, my Hoyas are growing so fast that you can almost watch the vines grow. Some of them are growing six inches a day. It is all about the humidity; without it, growing Hoyas is pretty darned tough.

Jul 18, 2012 1:05 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Yes...welcome!!! Nice collection.
Leap. The net will appear.
Jul 18, 2012 3:49 PM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Really good collection despite tough location,gplains.Welcome. Great forum and great people here.
If you do not mind ,I would suggest adding location to your profile because people need to understand your growing condition in order to advise.
Jul 19, 2012 7:31 AM CST
Name: Kim Tipton
Western NY
Glad you joined us.
Jul 19, 2012 11:40 AM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
Welcome aboard Gplains - You would think living in florida I would have the high temps but alot of the nation is hotter than we are, although our humidity the last couple weeks have been 90% and higher. So close you can't breathe. By the way what would your name be?

Jul 20, 2012 11:44 AM CST
Name: Christine Wootton
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Welcome GPlains! I look forward to seeing pictures of your hoyas.
Jul 21, 2012 11:28 PM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
Welcome, Gplains! from someone else of 'lurker status' Rolling on the floor laughing I check in ever few weeks to months. I have almost NO plant addictions left (just the yearnings every time I see the pictures)...moving overseas tends to do this, and I want to keep following this pattern of moves for the next 20 there is no way that I am going to adopt a bunch of babies just to leave them behind when I go.again. Crying Different family members had wax plants when I was growing up and I really love the foliage, but I am an overwaterer Whistling and am trying to learn to grow these without rotting them, lol
Jul 22, 2012 1:46 PM CST
Name: laurah
Zone 6 Midwest
Thank you to all for the welcome. Smiling I am also on gardenweb's hoya forum, as well as the hoya exchange / intercambio on Facebook. My only post on that page is a trade posting for h. Finlaysonii "Ripple Leaf" and Hoya sp. "Kalimantan". Most of the members on that are overseas. I think it was started in Spain...there are some nice photos and the members are very nice and engaging.

Dee, I was hesitant to list my name, but it's's laura. Yes...our REAL temp today is 105*F. It's utterly horrid....and we haven't had true rainfall for months.

@ CeeDub, I have a great camera but it's a big clunky 20D and ever since my little canon powershot "pooped out" on me I am waiting to get another point and shoot. I have a lot of my perennials / garden shots and a few orchids on my FB page. Right now a lot of my Hoyas are young. I have a few mature ones...of course Lacunosa is blooming, and Obscura just finished and is about to again...the BEST smell!!!

Let's [email protected] JuneBug: oh, but if something could tear me away from my addiction...Consider yourself lucky! Alas! It was orchids for awhile, now it's unusual hoyas and perennials....Oh...and I am very guilty of being an overwaterer/ hoverer. Rolling my eyes.'s what killed a few of my orchids. You'd think I would have learned! Confused
laurah aka \"gplainshoya\"
Jul 23, 2012 9:21 PM CST
Name: Laura Gardiner
Manitoba, Canada
You can't 'un-ring' a bell.
Welcome, Laura! Big Grin
"When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other."
- Chinese Proverb

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