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Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
katesflowers
Oct 6, 2016 12:53 PM CST
I love my hoya. Have had some of my hoya for 20 years. The hoya in question I've had for 7 years with very little activity. Spring 2016 it formed two blooms, then a month later almost every stem took off. The ceiling in the picture is 10' high. That innocent bystander in the picture is a Christmas cactus in a hanging planter. I'm thinking in a week or so it will be pushing thru the ceiling tiles. The janitor of my office is giving me the evil eye. Can you tell me what's going on? I water once a week, fertilize 1/2 teaspoon/gal monthly. It is getting northeast sun exposure. I never move this plant.
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 6, 2016 12:58 PM CST
Hoyas are like that. You can either reign them in by stringing and winding them back through the original plant or cutting them off. If you choose cutting them off, they grow easily from cuttings.

PS: My oldest Hoya is over 50 years old now.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 6, 2016 4:25 PM CST
What's going on is that your Sweetheart Hoya (Hoya kerrii 'Variegata') is a very happy Hoya! Green Grin! That's exactly what they do in nature .... climb. Those adventitious roots are reaching out to grasp something to climb. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoya
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Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
katesflowers
Oct 7, 2016 6:46 PM CST
Thank you Daisy & Lin. I can tell you you both have a fondness for cantankerous plants. I feel better, I'll just let it have fun.
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 7, 2016 8:46 PM CST
I do have to say, I have never seen a Hoya in anything but a hanging pot of some sort. They are vines. Epiphytic vines. I haven't repotted mine in about 40 years. The soil in the pot is just to hold them down. I scoop out the soil on the top every 10 years or so and put in some fresh but it doesn't really matter much.
Name: Laurie Basler
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Oct 7, 2016 8:51 PM CST
Very nice growing, @katesflowers. Maybe Hoya get 7 year itches too. Give the Janitor a start of the Hoya, and he will probably be putty in your hands.

Laurie B
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 7, 2016 9:00 PM CST
Give ME a start of your Hoya and I will happily be putty in your hands. Smiling
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Oct 8, 2016 8:06 AM CST
Don't be afraid to prune off the unwieldy stems. I think they are rather unsightly, so why not remove them and in the process make the janitor happy?
Will Creed
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