Growing conditions forum: Growing Hoya darwinii

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Jul 18, 2012 8:06 AM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
I've got 2 H. darwinii that have rooted up nicely. One even has a developing umbel. I'm debating on how I want to grow these, either potted or mounted. I'm leaning to mounting. Or one each way. If I leave one in a pot...what media...I'm thinking a combination of shredded coconut husks, orchid bark, and chunky perlite. I rooted both in a mix of perlite and vermiculite. Keeping in mind that for most of the year I have very warm humid conditions to grow them in. In winter I'll have a large aquarium I can keep them in if necessary.

Any thoughts or suggestions ?
Jul 19, 2012 6:14 AM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
MJ, I guess I'll weigh in since no one else has. I don't grow darwinii (I ordered a cutting this year, but it did not make it). I think your idea of growing it two ways is the best one. Most growers seem to grow it mounted, but I have read of a couple who were successful growing it in a pot. If you try it both ways one of them is bound to work out for you. The aquarium idea is also a good idea for the winter as constant humidity will probably be necessary. Good luck with your plants! If I get the chance to try this one again, I'm going to try it in semi-hydro. Mounted plants do not work for me (Don't have the constant humidity necessary).
Jul 19, 2012 10:13 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
MJ - mine grows happily in my normal media and it blooms. I give it medium/high indirect light and warmth.

It is the ONLY plant in my greenhouse to get powdery mildew. But a spray with Baking Soda cured it.
Leap. The net will appear.
Jul 19, 2012 11:42 AM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
And I can't grow this worth a darn!!
Jul 19, 2012 12:45 PM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
Well I think I'll go both ways with it.
I have H. imbricata also and I mounted both of those and they both have new growth starting. I've noticed they are hungry little buggers !

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