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Name: Sharon Parrott
TN (Zone 7a)
sparrott
May 5, 2020 6:56 AM CST
Why would my Indian rope leaves be shriveling? Mainly at the top of the plant . The rest of the 6-7 feet is not going that.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 5, 2020 10:38 AM CST
Six or 7 ft! That has got to be a record for Hoya Rope plants.

Did you recently repot?
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Name: Sharon Parrott
TN (Zone 7a)
sparrott
May 6, 2020 2:01 PM CST
Daisyl Yes it has bloomed only once, one bunch. Surprised me as I didn't even know it would. It's worrying me. Hate to lose it.
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I repotted about a year ago.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 6, 2020 3:15 PM CST
My guess (just a guess), is the soil is not drying fast enough. It looks like you potted in regular potting soil (Hoya are Epiphytes) and the pot is over-large. Hoya want to be wet and then dry, just that fast.

@Gina1960, @plantladylin, any thoughts?
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May 6, 2020 3:33 PM CST
The pot does look a bit large and the soil looks quite dry which may be due to the terra cotta type pot being used. I learned from a wonderful Hoya grower about 15 years ago that Hoya's require a light and airy potting medium that allows for good air circulation around the roots and adequate drainage. I use a mixture of potting soil with lots of orchid bark mix and perlite added.
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Name: Sharon Parrott
TN (Zone 7a)
sparrott
May 6, 2020 4:52 PM CST
Hmm.... I guess I should make lighter soil and pot smaller. Would 1/3 each potting soil coco coir and perlite be better? Thank you so both so much for answering.
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Gina1960
May 7, 2020 6:32 AM CST
I don;t see bugs so I would agree, the pot is probably too large and while the top seems dry it may be holding water deeper
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Name: Sharon Parrott
TN (Zone 7a)
sparrott
Nov 27, 2020 1:59 PM CST
OH MY HOYA!!!
How in this world will I ever get rid of these cocoony mealy bugs?? This plant has a couple extremely long stems. And extremely curled leaves. Started spraying with neem alcohol and water today. Makes me sick to think I may lose this.
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DaisyI
Nov 27, 2020 2:58 PM CST
Try a systemic like Bonide (I use the granules) or Beyer's 3 in 1. The Beyer's in a liquid so you can use it as a spray and water wih it.

But whatever you decide to spray, just use one. Using multiple pesticides usually just ends in the death of the plant. If you want to switch to a new plan of attack, rinse the old stuff off then give the plant some recovery time.
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Name: Sharon Parrott
TN (Zone 7a)
sparrott
Nov 27, 2020 4:26 PM CST
Daisyl
Thank u for a fast answer. Especially the part about rinsing. I wouldn't have thought u needed to do that, and wouldn't have. I do not SEE many so it scares me to think how many r in those curled up leaves. How will I ever know they're gone? Thank u again.

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