cyclonenatMay 13, 2011

hi my question is as these plants are mostly succulent and our house gets quite damp in winter how often should i water because they will be getting water from the air

when i do water they stay quite damp for a long time any tips would be good,

i was naughty and bought the hoya keysii it has a couple of peduncles too but its dormant at the mo so i cut some stems back they leaves had been knocked off and some were bent so i stuck them all in the pot so hopefully it will be a fuller pot if they grow.

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Different species like different amounts of water, so first I'd suggest you study up a bit on the species you're growing. The rule of thumb is the more succulent the leaves, the drier you can let it get. But I never let mine get as dry as my true succulents (I call Hoyas "honorary succulents", and of course I'm not referring at all to the thin-leaved species...) I use the "feel" method - if the top 1/2" of soil feels dry, I water it. So in summer, that may be every couple/few days, and in winter it may be a week or 10 days.

Denise in Omaha

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 9:42AM
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You can also stretch out the period between watering more if they aren't actively growing. It's easy to overwater in winter and it takes longer for them to forgive you. If it's one of the more succulent Hoyas and it's not actively growing, I let it get QUITE dry in the winter. Some Hoyas will get considerably angry if you water them too much in the winter, trust me. Particularly if they're not getting a lot of light, as was my case last winter.

As Denise points out, some specific research really is neccessary, although heuristics will help you hobble through.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 12:27PM
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And they also are in locked rooms and are getting poor ventilation

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 12:59PM
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penfold2(4b, MN)

If you know that excess moisture is going to be a problem, then you really need to focus on using a porous soil. I don't use any peat in my mixes, just gritty components like orchid bark, Turface, granite, pumice, etc. This way the mix is still well aerated even when saturated. Putting a small fan near your plants may help as well.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 8:22PM
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