caudata, flagellata, imbricata - you gotta? some data?
You know how I said that I should slow down getting new hoyas and figure out and learn and get used to what I already grow, including a big bunch of this spring's acquisitions? Boy, how am I going to rationalize this one then... A bunch of species from the "I'll sell my mother down the river for these ones" section of my wish list were available? The price was really REALLY good? I wanted to try a new vendor? I am a weak individual lacking self-control and exhibiting propensity for lying? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Anyway, I am getting a box of new cuttings next week from Carol in Hawaii. I am going to read up on their culture and rooting over the weekend, but it's already clear some may be a challenge to grow. I have some brief comments from Carol, who grows in very different conditions than my indoors under lights setup. I would really appreciate your experiences and advice about these species, especially if your conditions are similar to mine.
Hoya caudata: really likes air movement, apparently, and warm...high high light... The fan is blowing, so that's fine. I have a feeling air movement is less important in my less humid conditions anyway - rotting is a much bigger problem when it rains a lot and is humid. Warmth may be a problem in the winter. I do have one "turbocharged" shelf on my plant stand that is under one 4 T5 bulbs fixture (the highest light I can give it) and on top of another (which creates elevated daytime warmth, or in other words larger intra-day temp difference). Do you think that's adequate? What do you do with your caudata?
Hoya sp. AP1122 Phu Wua: is a caudata relative, smaller and with hairless corona. Does it like similar caudata conditions?
Hoya flagellata: HATES wet feet... Carol says she never could figure it out... It might do better with my drier conditions - we shall see. She suspects flagellata has a problem with a lot of humidity.
All this actually sounds encouraging to me. My mix drains really fast, and it likes low humidity, you say? - no problem!
Hoya rotundiflora: Carol says it "hates" her. Any growing advice for me?
Hoya kanyakumariana: she describes hers as "a petulant one that doesn't want to grow or anything..." In pictures it looks to me like a really succulent, almost an arid-looking plant. Is my impression correct? What else do we have on this one?
Hoya imbricata: (google it if you've never seen it - it's quite something.) This is big for me because it's going to be my first mounted plant. My plan is to temporarily give it a moist sphagnum-filled mesh surface and stick it in one of my rooting containers (with elevated humidity and light above). Meanwhile, knowing the size and shape of the cutting, I'll go shopping for a tall glass vase or some sort of a design-minded terrarium and a cork or cedar slab to cover with damp moss and tie the cutting to. Does that sound good to those who grow it? I understand humidity is the name of the game here. What else with this one?
I am getting many more, but I want to stop here because these seem particularly challenging or peculiar. Thanks, all!
This post was edited by greentoe357 on Fri, May 30, 14 at 19:36