Hoyas forum→Orchid mist for your HOYA

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Name: Alba
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Albaintherainbow25
Aug 23, 2021 7:26 AM CST
Hi everyone :)

I've recently found out a plant specialist page (www.instagram.com/greenhousegirl94/) and she's suggesting to use the "Miracle-Gro Plant Food Mist" on your Hoya once a week and the results look incredible!

The peculiarity of this product is that it has a really low percentage of nutrients (.02% NPK) but it looks like this product doesn't exist in UK.

I've found a different one with the same percentage of nutrients, but I'm too scared to try.

What would you do?

Thanks Grin

(*3 pictures: the pink one is the product I'm talking about but it doesn't exist outside USA apparently, the dark pink one is the one I can find but the % is not specified anywhere! And the third image is another product with a similar percentage)
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Name: Peggy
SW Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
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Magpie26
Aug 23, 2021 9:53 AM CST
Did you check Amazon to see if you can find the label on the second product? Or what about the Miracle Gro site?
Name: Alba
London, UK
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Albaintherainbow25
Aug 23, 2021 10:59 AM CST
Hii Smiling thanks for answering!

Yes, I've checked everything and asked everywhere but no one can give me an answer.

I suppose that if another brand's product has the same NPK percentage, it means I could use it without problems, right? I'm too scared to try without an expert opinion.

Magpie26 said:Did you check Amazon to see if you can find the label on the second product? Or what about the Miracle Gro site?


Name: Peggy
SW Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
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Magpie26
Aug 23, 2021 4:47 PM CST
First off. I am no expert on hoyas. I've grown them for about 3 years and have mostly used the Dyna gro products. I haven't ever had fertilizer burn with these products. The similarities between the labels on the Dyna gro and your third product is that the nitrogen comes from nitrates/nitrites which i prefer to urea. Urea is hard on orchids which i also have so I don't use it on my hoyas. There are many similarities in growth habits between hoyas and orchids so it would not disturb me to use that third product you have pictured. I'll post pictures of the labels for you to see.
Name: Peggy
SW Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
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Magpie26
Aug 23, 2021 4:50 PM CST
Dyna gro bloom
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Dyna gro Grow

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Name: Alba
London, UK
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Albaintherainbow25
Aug 24, 2021 3:44 AM CST
Thank you so much for the explanation :)

I've never used a "food mist" on a plant (didn't even know they existed actually) so I'm trying to collect as many info as possible.

Plus, got my first Hoya (ever!) only 5 months ago and it didn't grow at all, not even a little! So I'm still trying to figure things out D'Oh!

Magpie26 said:First off. I am no expert on hoyas. I've grown them for about 3 years and have mostly used the Dyna gro products. I haven't ever had fertilizer burn with these products. The similarities between the labels on the Dyna gro and your third product is that the nitrogen comes from nitrates/nitrites which i prefer to urea. Urea is hard on orchids which i also have so I don't use it on my hoyas. There are many similarities in growth habits between hoyas and orchids so it would not disturb me to use that third product you have pictured. I'll post pictures of the labels for you to see.


Name: Peggy
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Magpie26
Aug 24, 2021 1:29 PM CST
Some of mine sulk for long periods of time. As long as the plant looks good, it's probably all right. Might need more light or more heat. Some of mine take off running in the summer when they are outside and sulk all winter.
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tarev
Aug 24, 2021 1:53 PM CST
I have used that orchid mist very, very sparingly on my Phal orchids, but not on my hoyas. To be very honest about it, I do not give fertilizers to my hoyas. I only have three kinds here, what I find is I have to be more attentive to their watering and keep them away from direct sun.

I would say it may not be bad to use that orchid mist, but do it sparingly, to minimize potential leaf/root burn. Though its percentages are low enough..to my Phals they do help them but as I have said I do it very sparingly, if I even remember to do so, I tend to be lazy about fertilizers.
Name: Alba
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Albaintherainbow25
Aug 25, 2021 3:55 AM CST
Thankfully it looks great! I was considering buying a growing light but not sure which one to choose and I don't know if it's gonna be too close to the hoya, so better not to risk Grin
Magpie26 said:Some of mine sulk for long periods of time. As long as the plant looks good, it's probably all right. Might need more light or more heat. Some of mine take off running in the summer when they are outside and sulk all winter.


Name: Alba
London, UK
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Albaintherainbow25
Aug 25, 2021 4:13 AM CST
Thanks for sharing your experience :)
Yes, I think I'll try the product on a small portion first and see if it does some good or not.
tarev said:I have used that orchid mist very, very sparingly on my Phal orchids, but not on my hoyas. To be very honest about it, I do not give fertilizers to my hoyas. I only have three kinds here, what I find is I have to be more attentive to their watering and keep them away from direct sun.

I would say it may not be bad to use that orchid mist, but do it sparingly, to minimize potential leaf/root burn. Though its percentages are low enough..to my Phals they do help them but as I have said I do it very sparingly, if I even remember to do so, I tend to be lazy about fertilizers.


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