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Jun 4, 2015 9:15 AM CST
Name: Sylvia Wingate
Wauchula, Fla. (Zone 9b)
mine is blooming now. clusters of small pink flowers. When to water?
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Jun 4, 2015 9:19 AM CST
Name: Sylvia Wingate
Wauchula, Fla. (Zone 9b)
I haven't had this plant very long. It has some pinkish variegated leafs on it but not many, The blooms are clusters of small pink petals in a dome shape. I'm not sure how often to water it. It's in a hanging basket.
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Jun 4, 2015 10:29 AM CST

Can you post a picture? What you're describing sounds like a couple different plants, neither of which are related.

When blooming, the watering frequency shouldn't be any different.

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Jun 4, 2015 10:35 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Hi blondie202!

I think you are talking about an Hoya Hindu rope plant. That is a lovely plant. Though I do not grow that particular type of hoya, most hoyas prefer to have evenly moist media and allowed to dry a bit before watering again. Just don't get it too bone dry. Their leaves are succulent so do not overwater. Hope you can post a photo soon! So we are really sure it is that type of hoya.

Typically when I water plants that are succulent, I water thoroughly till water drains out, then I leave them alone for awhile. It will depend really on your ambient conditions there. I have learned to put a small rock in a container, if I lift that and it shows damp, then media is still wet. Or I learned when watering my orchids, using a bamboo skewer, sticking it into the media, if I pull it out and skewer is wet, then no need to water.
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Jun 5, 2015 5:23 AM CST
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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If it is the hoya, careful getting the leaves too wet...if you have poor air circulation, the moisture stays in all those crevices and can grow some icky fungus. I would just water at the base if possible.
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Jun 5, 2015 8:14 AM CST
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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Tarev, thanks for sharing the idea about placing a small rock in a pot to check for moisture. My hanging baskets are outdoors under a large tree and get watered regularly in our frequent rains. Fortunately, our summers are hot and they quickly dry out. I have problems knowing when to water when it doesn't rain. I'm also working on replanting into a well draining mix. This works great for our summers, but when they come in for the winter, it's hard to determine what to water and what not to. The moisture meters don't work well in mixes containing lots of bark and perlite. The small stone could be the answer. Using bamboo skewers is a great idea also. Thumbs up
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Jun 5, 2015 10:43 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Hi Deebie! Same here, very bone dry in my area. Aside from those rocks and skewers, I really watch what our sensors say. Just got to admire the tenacity of succulents when I see the humidity levels are already going down to 20% to 0%. So typically I do not expect much blooming here anymore in summer, the plants will just go semi-dormant as they adjust to the heat, then they resume their blooming in mid Fall.

Blondie, I saw in another thread you did mention you are from Florida, so your Hoya will be very happy with the humidity levels there. Just do not overwater, allow intervals. I will follow too what Kate suggested, to protect the succulent leaves of your Hoya.
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