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Olympia, Wa
Jun 14, 2020 6:26 PM CST
My Hoya Bella is growing, has flowers but the leaves are wilted and look like it's dying. Last year it was gorgeous. Any suggestions?
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Jun 14, 2020 7:34 PM CST
Hi OlySue, Welcome!

I'm sorry to say that your Miniature Wax Plant (Hoya lanceolata subsp. bella) does not appear very happy. Crying I can't see the soil clearly in your photo but my first thought is that it looks to be in desperate need of a thorough soaking. Has anything changed since last year, like a different pot, different type of soil, has the plant been moved from one location to another?

Hoyas do best when under potted (in small pots) with lots of drainage holes and a very light and airy potting medium. To remain healthy, they require good air circulation around the root system therefore when potted, they need a light, porous type of medium that allows for good aeration and drainage. I grow all of mine in a combination of potting soil with lots of perlite and orchid bark mixed in. It's a mix that drains quickly and dries quickly, allowing for good aeration.

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Name: Rick R.
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Jun 15, 2020 5:51 AM CST
It does look like a root problem caused by either to much water or too little. Fortunately, the leaves and stems are just suffering from lack of water, and are otherwise healthy. You can still start new healthy plants from cuttings. If the problem is lack of water, then just water it (but just normally - don't overdo it!). If the root problem is causred by too much water (more likely), it may already be too far gone. At best, it will be a long road back to health. I would root new cuttings.
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