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Name: Brenda
(Zone 7b)
Brendadiane24
Apr 18, 2017 8:09 PM CST
Hey all. I bought this Hoya a few months ago. Had it outside it was doing well until my goat tried to eat it 😡 So I brought it inside. Placed in my room but it seemed to not have bright enough light. Started to dry out so I removed dried, dead leaves. Decided to move it to a more sunny spot on the south side balcony. It just isn't doing well. I water it about every 2-3 weeks and have not fertilized. Any ideas? I've lost others in the past from over watering so I tried to avoid it this time. Help!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 18, 2017 10:59 PM CST
Welcome!

Hoya are epiphytic, in the wild, they live in a tree without soil. I have several - one is 60 years old and the other is a youngster (about 20) I started from cuttings from the first. I also have a couple mini-hoya.

They live in small pots, get very bright light (but no direct sun), high humidity and watered daily in the summer time as they are living amongst my orchids in my greenhouse. They dislike cold and, I suspect, drafts. The potting medium doesn't matter but it does need to be fast draining.

My old plant has not been repotted in 50 years or more because I can't figure out how I would ever do it. The soil has the texture of cardboard and water runs rights through it but the plant is happy and blooms almost constantly.

If I were you, I would re-pot into something smaller and use very porous, light potting medium. Find it a bright home in a warm spot with no drafts. If you can't provide humidity, mist it once in awhile. Periodically give it a bath in your shower to keep it clean.
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Name: Brenda
(Zone 7b)
Brendadiane24
Apr 19, 2017 5:52 AM CST
Thank you! I will repot and hope that helps!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 19, 2017 11:14 AM CST
I agree with Daisy, they don't like getting cold. I would try to make that media just a bit more grittier. Your hoya has succulent leaves, and it has taught me to treat them like succulents, so use well draining soil and not too big containers. If my hoya has the other type of leaves, which are thinner and not succulent then my soil mix will be a bit richer but still well draining.

I don't expose them to direct sun either, it will burn the leaves quite fast and maybe repot in smaller container with drain holes.

Just trim off the dead leaves for now. I try to mist the vines every now and then too. As long as those vines are staying firm and green, it will catch up and try to grow new leaves and peduncles. No fertilizer for now, it is in some stress.
Name: Brenda
(Zone 7b)
Brendadiane24
Apr 19, 2017 7:07 PM CST
Okay. So repot with well drained soil. Do I trim the vine part also? I was under impression not to do that so I haven't. Would you suggest keeping inside or outside on warm days? I'm in Texas so some days are good and heck even hours later we can have a cold front or get super hot!

Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 19, 2017 8:12 PM CST
I put my hoyas outdoors in shade, always in shade. We also get very hot here in summer, triple digit hot and dry. Once temps outdoors starts going 50F and below, they go indoors.
Just remove the dead leaves, leave the vine as is for now, so new leaves can grow again on the nodes.

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