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Buffalo, NY
klryan
May 9, 2020 8:42 AM CST
I'm new to hoyas and purchased a Hoya pubicalyx and a carnosa (bare roots) as I've ready they seem to be good for beginners. I potted them in 1/3 each of medium sized orchid bark - perlite and potting soil. I watered them thoroughly. This was about 1 week ago and they still feel heavy and quite moist (they are in 4" plastic pots). Do you think the mix was ok? I've got them in a SW window about 4 feet back. So it's bright but they aren't getting direct sunlight. Any helpful info would be so appreciated - thanks!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 9, 2020 10:23 AM CST
Welcome!

If the potting soil is still wet after 4 days, you may need a new plan. With that mix, it should be ok but, you are the only one who can judge moisture content. How does it feel when you shove your finger down into the soil?

Hoyas like bright indirect light, no sun.
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Buffalo, NY
klryan
May 9, 2020 11:31 AM CST
Thanks for your help. I hated to repot them again but I'm glad I did. They were more wet than just moist once I took them out. I made a new batch of mix with about 2/3 orchid bark and a 1/3 potting soil and perlite. I watered it well and it drained well too. Everything I've read about them mentions letting them dry out between watering. Do you use a pre-made mix or mix your own?
Thanks again! Have a good day ☀️
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 9, 2020 3:00 PM CST
Plants that won't be watered often are in perlite/cactus soil. Hoyas that are watered a lot are potted in cork and leca.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

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