Hoyas forum: Hoya help

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12orange12
Jan 15, 2019 5:41 PM CST
Hello all. I need some Hoya advice. My Hoya curtisiii has just recently started looking worse for wear. It has some dying strands and the leaves are very soft and papery feeling. I have it to the side of a west window and water it once the soil is completely dry (about every 3 weeks- month currently since it's January and winter here). Any advice?? Will attach pictures.
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Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Jan 15, 2019 6:04 PM CST
The entire plant looks to dry to me.
I have had one for 4 months in my west window here in SE Michigan.
I have lost a few strands but 85% is doing fine!
I water mine every week to ten days, more often then 3 weeks to a month. You should only have the top half inch of soil go dry before watering. If you are waiting for more drying then that, it is likely the cause of your problem.
Oh, might I add my home is kept at around 65 degrees where the Hoya is.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 15, 2019 6:04 PM CST
I wonder if your Hoya (Hoya curtisii) might need more water? From the photos, it does appear like some of the leaves (and stems) are very dry and crinkly. I never had any luck keeping that particular Hoya alive for long. I was told it's one Hoya that prefers cooler temperatures and mine were kept outside in the heat and humidity so perhaps that was my problem. Hopefully someone who has had luck with this one will be along shortly with suggestions.
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Texas
12orange12
Jan 15, 2019 7:31 PM CST
I've had this plant for about 8 months now and have never had any issues until just recently. I was trying to not water it too much since it's winter, but maybe I should try and water it more. I watered it only every 2 weeks in summer and it was doing great. I was trying to stretch it out a bit due to the season change, but maybe that was a bad idea.
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Dahlias Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Jan 15, 2019 7:40 PM CST
How warm is the growing area? I am watering every week to ten days @ 65 degrees.
You may need to step it up. If you are at 70 degrees, you may need to water perhaps once a week. After 6 months, it just got to be too much!
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Name: Mike
Easton, PA (Zone 6b)
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immike1
Jan 27, 2019 8:20 AM CST
I've learned something about houseplants since I started growing Orchids...water your plants when they need it, not on a schedule.
Yes, some plants will rest in the winter, but remember our homes are dryer in the winter so plant soil might dry out faster than in the humid months. Not sure what the climate in Texas is like but take that into consideration.
Try to get a feel how much the plant weighs when fully saturated with water, that will also help to judge how dry it is getting.
Finally, if there is a good stem on that hoya, take a cutting while you can and grow a new plant.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Jan 28, 2019 7:18 AM CST
That is great advice, especially about taking the cuttings. Whenever I get something that I know I cannot easily replace, either due to the money it would take or the rarity of the plant, I propagate it as soon as possible. To have a back up. Hoya curtsii does not have to be grown in soil, it can also be mounted onto a plaque or slab with a good pad of sphagnum moss and grown like that. I had a small plaque of this plant that produced enough runners to almost completely cover about 20 square feet of one of my greenhouse walls. It rooted directly to the Lexan and just climbed up everywhere. I left it for a while, but eventually took most of it down because it became a light blocker. But it requires high humidity to grow mounted. But at least you could not overwater, you would have to water almost daily (or at least every other day). But its a way to keep a plant in the hole against loss
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Name: Mike
Easton, PA (Zone 6b)
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immike1
Jan 28, 2019 7:56 AM CST
WOW, would love to see some pictures of that greenhouse Hoya Thumbs up
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Jan 28, 2019 8:11 AM CST
I'll have to see if I can find some of them in my photo program. It got mixed in with Dischidia Geri, Dischidia bengalenhense (sp?) and Dischidia Thai Blush and they took over an entire corner. Engulfed two large orchids, tried to take over a Plumeria, and covered a mount that was supporting a lot of mini-neoregelias and Epidendrum orchids. It took hours to cut it all back. I did it finally last month.


Happy to consider trading plants, but ONLY with other people who also live in FLORIDA due to Federal Agriculture Laws
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Jan 28, 2019 8:12 AM CST
And that is only a small part of what it was. The lower part. The greenhouse sidewalls are 12 feet high and these plants had run all the way to the top
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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2019 8:25 AM CST
Gina, I want to live in your greenhouse! Green Grin!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jan 28, 2019 8:37 AM CST
Do you like snakes?
Happy to consider trading plants, but ONLY with other people who also live in FLORIDA due to Federal Agriculture Laws
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2019 8:55 AM CST
Uh ... NO. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Years ago when I had a greenhouse I came across a very large King Snake that scared the beejeebies out of me! I know they have their place in nature and I have respect for them but they still scare me ... even the nonvenomous types! Smiling
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jan 28, 2019 12:19 PM CST
You can't live there then LOL I have at least one resident snake. Otherwise I'd put a cot out there for ya!
Happy to consider trading plants, but ONLY with other people who also live in FLORIDA due to Federal Agriculture Laws
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2019 12:31 PM CST
I could never reside with a snake. My husband has liked snakes since he was very young and always wanted one as a pet. I let him know long ago that if a snake moved in, I would be moving out. This year we will celebrate our 50th anniversary and I'm still here. Green Grin!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jan 28, 2019 4:18 PM CST
I think we hijacked 12Orange12's thread. Sorry, I am so sorry we are just talkative women.
Happy to consider trading plants, but ONLY with other people who also live in FLORIDA due to Federal Agriculture Laws
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2019 6:06 PM CST
oops ... we sure did! Green Grin!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jan 28, 2019 8:59 PM CST
Its ok @plantladylin I started a new one of us LOL
Happy to consider trading plants, but ONLY with other people who also live in FLORIDA due to Federal Agriculture Laws

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