Houseplants forum→Help! I think my Hoya is dying

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Frisco, TX (Zone 8a)
May 28, 2020 12:32 PM CST
For the past couple of months my lipstick Hoya has been shedding leaves much faster than usual. The leaves usually turn yellow and dull before they die. Any idea what it might be?
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Name: Rose
Colorado (Zone 5b)
May 28, 2020 1:42 PM CST
Most likely you are overwatering. Hoyas are semi-succulent and prefer to keep their feet mostly dry. Repot in a looser, better draining mix (a common recommendation for hoyas is half potting soil, half orchid mix) and/or allow to dry out more between waterings. Use a moisture meter if you're not sure whether it's dry enough -- I use one for mine and don't water until it hits 'dry'.
Name: Rose
Colorado (Zone 5b)
May 28, 2020 5:52 PM CST
Wait a second -- is this a hoya or a Lipstick plant? They are two different things, and the care for Lipstick is definitely different. I've never had one but I'm reading that dropping leaves on that one usually means the opposite as it does for hoyas -- that you're not watering enough!
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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May 28, 2020 5:57 PM CST
Hi BirchGardens, Welcome!

Your plant does not look like a Wax Plant Hoyas (Hoya) to me but it does look like a Lipstick Plant Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus) Has your plant bloomed in the past? Lipstick blooms are much different than those of Hoya

I agree, yellowing, dropping leaves are likely due to over watering. Allow the soil to dry longer between watering and that should help.
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Frisco, TX (Zone 8a)
May 28, 2020 6:01 PM CST
I was under the impression that the were the same thing, but the blooms on my plant are in fact a lipstick plant flower. Thanks for letting me know! Thanks for the help.

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