Here is the final chapter in my working with Hoya seed video series. Even if you have not watched any of the other segments, you might want to check this one out as I think it is pretty funny. At least it tickled my fancy! Without further ado – Working with Hoya Seed Part V – Mother and Child Reunion:
I have just uploaded Hoya Trellising 101 Part One: Bamboo Hoops to You Tube. If you have been growing Hoyas for a while, I doubt you will learn anything here, but if you are fairly new to it, you may pick up a few tips. It is the first, in what I hope to be a trilogy of trellising videos. The next one will be working with wire. Here is the link: http://youtu.be/GbsPLGFYKoo
It was filmed in the early summer of this year, and shows just how root-bound some Hoyas can get in a relatively short amount of time. Hoya species are all extremely different – some can go for years and develop only a relatively small root system, and others … Take a look at the video for yourself to see what I’m babbling about!
As Semi-Hydroponics seems to be catching on, I want to make an observation from my own experiences after reading of some people’s trevails with the method on some of the online Hoya forums. I don’t think that it is possible to overwater in semi-hydro, but I do think you can easily underwater. I am currently watering all of my s-h plants daily even when kept in a humid environment. I do not really believe that hydroton will wick up from the resevoir all the way to the top of the substrate. If your plant’s roots do not extend far into the hydroton, and you are watering less than once per day, I do not think you are watering enough.
In true hydroponics, a nutrient solution is being pumped, or sprayed many times per day on to the substrate. I do not believe there is enough wicking power to get the moisture from the resevoir to the upper medium unless your roots extend all the way into the resevoir. I also have real concerns that S-H will not work well with central heating systems in the winter. I believe that the environment will be too dry, and unless you have the ability to water more than once per day, your plants will suffer. Here is a photo taken two days ago of Hoya praetorii growing in semi-hydro and watered once per day.
Yesterday I uploaded a new Learning How Video Production to You Tube entitled How I Make My Hoya Potting Mix. It is seven minutes long and can be accessed under the Learning How Production Tab or Right Here: