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Rheaven72
May 24, 2020 3:13 PM CST
I have a hoya I brought from the home I recently sold, to an apt. At the house, it hung in a West facing window with a lot of sunlight (direct sunlight filtered through a sheer curtain) and I always forgot to water it (nightshift nurse) but it seemed to do very well. It lived in that spot for a couple of years and seemed like it was on the brink of finally blooming before I moved it to my apt. I've moved it a few times here because of lighting (all my windows face East) and it also developed white fuzzy patches. Read up and found it might be a bug or overwatering, so I tried to let it dry out and applied neem oil. It was very apparently not doing well. I finally hung it on a hook on my balcony...all this has been over the past 9 months...I move it in when it thunderstorms so it doesn't get to wet or beat up...still yellow and dying at the bases near roots..any advice/diagnoses? Sorry so long, but thanks in advance for any help...
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 24, 2020 4:11 PM CST
Welcome!

I suspect it was overwatered and now the roots are rotting. You may have to take cuttings and start again. I've never tried to start a Rope Hoya but it can be done. My favorite method is cut a section of stem with two leaves and bury the leaf joint under the potting medium. The new shoots and roots will emerge from the joint. You can also take a piece of stem with several leaf pairs and lay it on the soil, tacking down the joints with cut in half paperclips (to form 'U's with long legs).

Hoya are epiphytic so need a fast draining fast drying medium. Out in the jungle, they hang in trees without soil. They like bright light but not direct sun so behind sheers was perfect. And, being a neglectful waterer was also perfect. That's why your Hoya was happy in its old home.

Those of us who grow Hoya use a variety of growing mediums, depending upon plant location and watering habits. If you don't water often, cactus soil with added perlite or epiphytic orchid mix will work. If you water all the time, you may want to use leca or ground cork. But, whatever you choose, use small pots - you want the soil to dry fast.

Let the soil get dry before watering.
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Rheaven72
May 24, 2020 5:37 PM CST
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Thank You!

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