Growing conditions forum: Survival!!!!

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Aug 14, 2012 9:00 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Everyonce in a while something just blows me away...a sort of hitting my forehead with the palm of my head and saying "who whould have guessed?". Well, about 6 years ago I hung a hoya under these trees....and it grew up up and away (didn't occur to me that the tree is 40' high and that's where the hoya would go). So...I never did anything...never took the pot away because I thought it was kinda a piece of garden art... There it hung...I would pull weeds out of it from time to time....the moss is about 4" thick and I was sure it was toast.Thumb of 2012-08-15/AlohaHoya/6d3b96

So imagine my surprise when I saw new growth coming out!!! After 6 years! fertilizer, NOTHING. And we have had the coolest rainiest summer anyone can remember....
Thumb of 2012-08-15/AlohaHoya/1c3a75

And on the tree holding the brace I planted a H. diptera. It sulked for 6 years there....yellowing leaves, 3 ' of growth. Now look at it!Thumb of 2012-08-15/AlohaHoya/bd2343

It just goes to show these are tough tough plants and simply given the wild, they will survive!!!! They thrive on neglect in the bush!
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Aug 14, 2012 11:52 PM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
That is SO cool!! I tip my hat to you.
Aug 15, 2012 9:08 AM CST
Name: Christine Wootton
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Maybe the cool-ish rainy weather is responsibile for the success. It sure is a wonderful thing to have them suddenly remember how to grow!
Aug 15, 2012 10:13 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
That could be it...all the rain. Funny how it works 'outside' but is sudden death in the greenhouse!!!
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Aug 15, 2012 1:18 PM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
That is wonderful Carol. I also get sad though thinking how all these old forests are being destroyed slowly and so many plants will be lost forever ,just like so many critters/birds etc. Just shows nature takes care of it's own stuff if we stop messing with it.
Aug 15, 2012 2:58 PM CST
Name: Daniel
Saxonia-Anhalt / Germany
Alka I agree
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein
Aug 15, 2012 6:31 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
It's true. Everyone wants to be rich so they chop the forests down. Nuts.

Unless a plant totally rots or dries up ... if there is ANY life in it at all...there is hope!!!
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Aug 15, 2012 7:06 PM CST
I thought the same thing, they survive out there .. but in the house it's a plant-eat-plant world o__o; (They were never meant to be in captivity Crying )
Chopping down trees is nuts. Lets just all go live in the forest Lovey dubby haha. Well when our environment gets too terrible everyone will panic and SOMETHING will have to be done. At least there's the whole 'going green' movement. I hope every one of you recycles! (and considers composting!)
Aug 15, 2012 10:34 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Speaking of....up to my eyeballs in large plastic bottles. Gosh I hate plastic! I collect them from other folks who want to throw them in the dump. Why can cats go outdoors...why do they need kittie litter when they live in the flipping jungle???? Angry
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