Hoya talk forum: Fall is definitely upon us...

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Sep 10, 2012 7:29 AM CST
Name: Lauren
Philadelphia, PA
Hi, everyone. I'm new...I have been collecting Hoyas only beginning this year, but I'm hooked! I must have about 2 dozen already. :)

Anyway, I live in zone 7 and it's really starting to get cool (at least at night and early mornings). I know that Hoyas like heat, so I'm wondering:

When do you bring your Hoyas in (if you live in a climate that necessitates that)?
How do you get rid of the critters that may be in the soil?

And the big one: How do you supplement light for your Hoyas as it gets darker and darker?

Loaded questions, I know...but this is my first fall/winter growing these plants. Don't want to kill them! Thanks. :)
Sep 10, 2012 7:48 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Hi Lauren, I started collecting last year and am in same situation though warmer place.
Just trying to help you-
We have temperature tolerance chart on the home page of this forum and it is a good guide on when to bring your Hoyas in.
I did not use any bug zappers because mine stayed in a card board box in patio. Many people use Bayers products and many swear by soap /oil concoction or other organic stuff. You will find that info easily if you search.
Light....I do not know. I will need to bing some in this season and I will just put them in front of a window with good light. We have short 'winters' here and fall is almost nonexistent.
Hope cold weather buddies will pitch in to help you.
Sep 10, 2012 2:49 PM CST

I'm in Virginia (7) and have a lot more plants to bring in then what I took outside in mid-March. I will have a plant room this winter with T-5 lighting that I hope will do the trick. I will still have to bring some to work where I have 2 large windows
and fluorescent lighting.

Sep 10, 2012 5:27 PM CST
Name: Kim Tipton
Western NY
If you have south facing windows, stick them there they will do fine. ( No better than fine,,, they will thrive.)
Sep 10, 2012 6:37 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
yup...I keep mine in the windows...South, West and North and they all do just fine...
It's been down to 7C (46F) a couple of nights and mine are still outside on the screened in font porch. Will start bringing them in gradually over the next week or two. When it's just cold at night I just keep them on the dry side.
Sep 10, 2012 10:13 PM CST
Name: Lauren
Philadelphia, PA
I have windows facing West and a window facing north which is full at the moment. I guess I will have to supplement light with bulbs. I read that regular daylight bulbs are sufficient if close enough to the plant. It will only need to work about half of the year...

Thanks for all of your responses. I guess because *I* feel cold, I'm assuming the plants must be suffering.

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