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May 6, 2020 10:35 AM CST

I just received this variegated hoya macrophylla in the mail (spent 5 days in transit), and noticed these purple spots along the underside of the leaves.

I contacted the seller and they are unsure of what caused them. I'm mostly just wondering if I should do a bacterial or insect treatment or just give it some time to recover?
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May 6, 2020 8:24 PM CST
Name: Peggy
SW Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
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Those leaves look very yellow. Is that my screen? I wonder if it got cold. I've had plants in transit that long and they made it fine but I did receive a Macrophylla varigata last fall that was very yellow and didn't survive. I don't know about the purple spots.
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May 6, 2020 8:30 PM CST
Name: Peggy
SW Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
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I reordered a Macrophylla varigata recently so I looked at the under side of the leaves. Mine has them also. Since mine is growing and making leaves, I'll assume it's normal for that Hoya. Here's a pic.
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May 7, 2020 8:04 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Hi madalynr, Welcome!

That very pale leaf of your Wax Plant (Hoya macrophylla 'Variegata') is likely the result of being in a dark box during it's 5 days of transit time, which deterred proper photosynthesis. That leaf may not survive but as long as the remainder of the leaves look okay and the overall plant appears healthy, all should be okay. I wouldn't be too concerned about the tiny purple spots and dots; those may be a result of the plant being grown in a greenhouse or outdoors. My hoyas stay outside year round and often have small imperfections in the leaves. An expert Hoya grower told me years ago that leaf imperfections can be caused by insects nipping at the foliage, or the plants getting bumped by someone walking by, or by leaves blowing against other on windy days, etc. The red to purple leaf spots can be due to fluctuations in light and/or temperature.

I just went outside and took these Hoya leaf photos. The red color of the leaves on Hoya pottsii is due to the plant receiving a lot of sun; if grown in shade, the leaves would be green with no red coloration. The dark dots/spots are likely due to light and temperature fluctuations:
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May 7, 2020 9:10 AM CST

Thank you all so much for your help!! I feel way better now 🙂
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May 7, 2020 9:30 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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And here is mine - I've never noticed it before. I guess I should stare at the bottoms of the leaves once in awhile.
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May 8, 2020 9:40 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Daisy, that is one beautiful Hoya macrophylla!! Lovey dubby I had a very small cutting once but gave it away. Pretty, pretty leaves!
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May 8, 2020 9:55 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Thanks Lin, and all the leaf backs look like... ummm ... weird. Smiling
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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May 8, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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DaisyI said:Thanks Lin, and all the leaf backs look like... ummm ... weird. Smiling

Looks "Hoya Normal" to me. Green Grin!
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~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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Jun 17, 2020 5:15 AM CST
Los Angeles, CA
Lovey dubby Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
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