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Oct 6, 2016 12:53 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
near St. Clair MI
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I love my hoya. Have had some of my hoya for 20 years. The hoya in question I've had for 7 years with very little activity. Spring 2016 it formed two blooms, then a month later almost every stem took off. The ceiling in the picture is 10' high. That innocent bystander in the picture is a Christmas cactus in a hanging planter. I'm thinking in a week or so it will be pushing thru the ceiling tiles. The janitor of my office is giving me the evil eye. Can you tell me what's going on? I water once a week, fertilize 1/2 teaspoon/gal monthly. It is getting northeast sun exposure. I never move this plant.
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"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
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Oct 6, 2016 12:58 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Hoyas are like that. You can either reign them in by stringing and winding them back through the original plant or cutting them off. If you choose cutting them off, they grow easily from cuttings.

PS: My oldest Hoya is over 50 years old now.
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Oct 6, 2016 4:25 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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What's going on is that your Sweetheart Hoya (Hoya kerrii 'Variegata') is a very happy Hoya! Green Grin! That's exactly what they do in nature .... climb. Those adventitious roots are reaching out to grasp something to climb. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Oct 7, 2016 6:46 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Dahlias Garden Art Heirlooms Lilies Organic Gardener
Zinnias
Thank you Daisy & Lin. I can tell you you both have a fondness for cantankerous plants. I feel better, I'll just let it have fun.
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
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Oct 7, 2016 8:46 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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I do have to say, I have never seen a Hoya in anything but a hanging pot of some sort. They are vines. Epiphytic vines. I haven't repotted mine in about 40 years. The soil in the pot is just to hold them down. I scoop out the soil on the top every 10 years or so and put in some fresh but it doesn't really matter much.
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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Oct 7, 2016 8:51 PM CST
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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Very nice growing, @katesflowers. Maybe Hoya get 7 year itches too. Give the Janitor a start of the Hoya, and he will probably be putty in your hands.

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Oct 7, 2016 9:00 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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Give ME a start of your Hoya and I will happily be putty in your hands. 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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Oct 8, 2016 8:06 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Don't be afraid to prune off the unwieldy stems. I think they are rather unsightly, so why not remove them and in the process make the janitor happy?
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