Just got these the other day...I like this vendor!Does anyone have any tips on how to grow these?How does everyone grow Serpens,expecially the soil mix.All the plants are in a peat and perlite mix it looks like.Does Serpens like this as mix as compaired to the chunky coconut hust,bark mixtures??H serpens
Name: Carol Noel Hawaii (near Hilo) It's all about choices.
I cannot grow H. serpens because it is too warm here...so if you mimic high altitude cool 'cloudy'. I hate peat so I can't make an unbiased opinion on that. The var. khroniana I grow like H. lacunose but less light. I think your H. paziae is H. cv. Iris Marie...which is a branching hoya. I grow it in very high indirect light is loose mix and lots of water. Gorgeous fragrance, that one!
Jimmy, H. serpens is said to prefer cool, moist conditions, but a fellow Cubit member grows hers outdoors in Florida..with lots of blooms. The heat in Florida is very hot, yet her serpens does amazingly well. I grow mine in a cool spot, but it's never done well, though it bloomed a few times. A month or so ago, I moved the plants to a self-watering pot, and the plants are doing much better. I believe that this hoya actually enjoys more warmth, but never intense heat. It wants high humidity as well. Your aff. paziae looks great and should be treated as most other hoyas. H. krohniana is the toughest lacunosa that I've kept...do not overwater this plant..the roots will rot easily if not allowed to dry out fully...I water mine lightly every 7 days. Your growing conditions may necessitate more or less watering. I placed an order from Kartuz a week ago; their plants tend to be small, but healthy. I hope this helps! Fondly, Patrick
Thanks for the tips Partick!Good to know I have the cv. Iris Marie Carol!You say this one likes an airy mix and a bit more water then most hoyas?What's funny Lee Anne...after I saw your quote,i clicked on the pic the khoniana,and noticed a whith thing that looked like a meally bug! Sure enough when i checked the plant again it was! its dead now and i only saw one.I'll be checking the roots when I re -pot it.Make sure to check you Kartusz order for bugs Patrick
Nice to know Renee.I still have mine in there small planters .Gonna repot all of them into a larger hanging planter I made.It looks like there planted in peat and perlite,but will prob plant them in a bit more corser mix when I get around to doing it.There starting to put out new leaves though! Not any die back from shipping either.I water them about onece a week when the soil dries out.Do you let the soil dry out with yours,or do you leave it always moist like H.curtisii?Also is this a branching hoya on its own,or does it need to be pinched in order to start branching?I'm not that good at rooting this one either.Tried s.h. over the summer and ended up putting it on top of some reg potting soil and pushed different parts of the vine under the soil,and mist it every few days.Hasn't died,but hasn't grown any either.The leaves are hard and green though!
VM, my potted serpens dries out in between waterings, which is daily during the hot summer, maybe every three days or so in winter. The mounted one gets roughly the same watering schedule, but dries out within a couple hours.
I have it shaded in summer, direct sun in winter, and mine isn't the best brancher. Just when I take cuttings.
Good to know Dortohy...Thanks!It's been about 3 weeks since I go the plants and all are doing good...I just replanted some tonight.I think they will like the new mix with added organic nutes and microbes.I gave them a shot of Great White mycorrhizae blend with some high brix molasses a few weeks ago and they really seamed to like it and it's only been a 14 days!Here are a few photos...Oh yeah..thanks for the serpens tips Renee! I just planted all of my plants in a container I found at the dollar store and converted it into a hanging planter.I drilled some holes in it for air flow.I have it next to H.darwinii in an East window,which has been putting out new growth as well!H iris marie in new planter
New shoots forming
H.serpens in new planter
serpens hanging in its new spot