Plant ID forum: So, what is this plant?

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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 7, 2016 4:06 PM CST
Is this a variation of rosary vine (ceropegia woodii)? I'm just thinking it's not actually rosary vine, but I cannot get a firm ID. Any idea? I think it's really cool whatever it is, it's very light and delicate but it's sort of like a succulent. The "strings" are about 3' long, and like to attach to anything around them. I couldn't get the full length in the photo.

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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Apr 7, 2016 6:21 PM CST
It looks like Hoya curtisii. You grow it a lot better than I ever did! nodding

And I have to give you kudos for your keen observation....
Though the differences are fairly unmistakable, most people never would have noticed.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Apr 7, 2016 6:59 PM CST
I agree what a healthy looking plant. The flowers are pretty neat too.

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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 7, 2016 7:29 PM CST
Sorry, just realized I accidentally deleted what I had written yesterday.

Leftwood- Thank you for the ID!! I could not find anything online as a match, but I was searching under ceropegia. Just bought this plant yesterday, so I can't take credit for how healthy it is, but very excited it's a hoya! I know exactly where it will go, just need a hanger. My husband liked the plant, however he asked "We have a plant hanging in the shower now?" (I was thinking, why yes- does that seem strange to you??? LOL)

Moonhowl- thanks for the link! I want one of everything.
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purpleinopp
Apr 8, 2016 7:54 AM CST
You found a nice one! There's quite a few pics of H. curtisii in the database on this site. Your pics would be wonderful additions too!
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2016 8:38 AM CST
I agree, Hoya curtisii ... and a beautiful specimen! That's one Hoya I've never been able to keep alive; I do still have a tiny plant that I won in a not a raffle raffle last year and it surprises me that it hasn't kicked the bucket yet.
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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 8, 2016 9:44 AM CST
Thanks!!

Judging from everyone's comments, I'm going to take a couple cuttings that wouldn't be noticeable. It's hanging directly below a skylight and it's going to stay there until I do a little more digging. Then I will upload a photo once it's out of the shower into a pretty hanger. One thing I noticed-there is no built-in dish attached to the plastic pot and the drain holes are unusually big. Maybe that's the secret- it doesn't even have a chance to hold water. Just thinking, has anyone ever put one of these in moss, in a hanger so there is more air circulation?
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2016 9:59 AM CST
I remove the plactic dish/bottom of every plant that I purchase so that water can drain freely. Years ago I tried growing a plant in straight sphagnum moss but it ended up becoming so compacted that it was as hard as a rock. I use a combination of potting soil and a lot of orchid bark for all of my plants ... makes for great root aeration and drainage.
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drdawg
Apr 8, 2016 10:01 AM CST
I agree
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purpleinopp
Apr 8, 2016 1:33 PM CST
Agree, attached drain saucers are plant killers!
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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 8, 2016 6:00 PM CST
Orchid bark and potting soil sounds good. Does the orchid bark change ph or add any nutrients? Or does it just aerate?
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drdawg
Apr 8, 2016 6:46 PM CST
Orchid bark will break down over a year or two, become more soil-like, but for the first year or so, it is more of an aerator.
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plantladylin
Apr 9, 2016 5:59 AM CST
The orchid bark mix that I use contains charcoal and perlite and doesn't add any nutrients to the soil; I'm not sure how much it changes the soil PH. I began using it about a dozen or so years ago because I always had a heavy hand at watering and my plants were suffering greatly from the heavy, water logged soil. The older I get, the lazier I get and nowadays my container plants are lucky to get watered once a month but with the high humidity here they seem to survive. I won't say that they always thrive but they do seem to fare better on the drier side than being water logged. I have lots of container plants but I'm really not the greatest caretaker. Green Grin!
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drdawg
Apr 9, 2016 6:39 AM CST
I too tend to grow all my tropicals on the dry side, Lin. I just have so many. Watering is a never ending job for me. Adding horticultural charcoal and perlite, along with the wood is great. The Charcoal and perlite don't break down, so you get longer lasting aeration. There won't be any pH change to speak of.
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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 9, 2016 7:29 AM CST
I also tend to leave the plants on the dry side. It gets me into trouble with spider plants so I decided not to buy them any more.

I called the plant shop to ask how they had been caring for it, and they said it's an easy plant, it flowers a lot, and they didn't do anything special to it other than fertilize about once a month. Their plants were stunning, so maybe it's all easy to them. Oh, and they also have floor to ceiling windows on half of the building...
Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 15, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Well I guess I need to see the eye Dr, because I completely missed what was going on with this plant. Here I thought the secret were the large drain holes. Today when I watered it for the first time, nothing came out the bottom. Hmmmm....I squeezed the container a little and it didn't sound right. Next, pulled the plant out and found THIS: Grumbling

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Root rot wouldn't have been too far down the road from what I saw inside the pot.....I wish places wouldn't use these plastic inserts. It hadn't crossed my mind earlier to check because the plant looked so happy. I've moved it to the new container, taken it to the shower and rinsed off any dirt from the re-pot. View from the top while drying- it's pretty full! Going to hang it back up soon.

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This now leads to the next Hoya question- I do not see any bugs on this plant, but is it a good idea to use a systemic to avoid any potential problems, since there are a gazillion places a bug could hide? I have Bonide systemic which does cover mealies. Thoughts?


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purpleinopp
Apr 15, 2016 3:44 PM CST
Those plastic things don't do a good enough job holding roots above the 1/2 of water this type of pot (with drain holes about 1/2 inch above the bottom surface of the pot) holds (since it doesn't have a drain hole at the bottom surface.) If I was keeping this pot, I'd use a shrub pruner to nip a few holes in the actual bottom of the pot.
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