Hoyas forum: Root pruning HOYAS???

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Name: Kristi
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May 8, 2017 6:51 AM CST
I have ten different Hoya plants in 6" hanging baskets. Like Hoyas will do, they are seriously root bound.

I would rather not start again from cuttings as these have lots of bloom spurs on them.

I would also prefer to keep them in these size containers as plant space is truly limited.

I have root pruned other plants to keep them in the same size pot. Does anyone have any experience with root pruning Hoyas?
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Mar 23, 2018 6:01 PM CST
Hi Kristi, I am new to growing Hoya plants and was going through the old threads here and I see no one answered your question, so I was wondering if you found an answer as to whether or not to prune the roots on your Hoya plants. Shrug!
Name: Kristi
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Mar 23, 2018 8:22 PM CST
Thanks for asking Margaret. Yes, I found an answer. I decided to try a two of the most root bound plants. Both were H. obovata. I removed about 1/3 of the roots and added new soil. I did not trim the foliage at all. I was gratified to see new growth on both Hoyas within a month. The rest of the Hoyas are needing root pruning too when I get around to doing it.

I apologize as I should have come back and added a comment to this thread. I am certain you will enjoy your new venture with the Hoyas. Which one(s) do you have?
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Mar 23, 2018 11:08 PM CST
Thanks for answering Kristi. I will now know how to root prune when the plants get too root bound, what time of year do you suggest the pruning is best done? I looked up your H. ovation and they are very pretty.

The Hoya I was given, I think is H. carnosa, krimson queen, that's what (plantladylin) Lin thinks it is, it has a peduncle with buds so maybe when it blooms Crossing Fingers! it will be a more positive id. The other one my DH gave me for Valentine's Day, there was not much information other than 'Hoya E', so after a lot of searching the only thing I could find with that kind of foliage, cream in the center and green on the outside of the leaves, was H carnosa exotica. Shrug!
Name: Kristi
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Mar 24, 2018 6:11 AM CST
Lucky you! How sweet of your husband to come up with something you would love. He is a keeper! Lovey dubby

I hope you will be posting when the Krimson Queen offers up blooms. I'm sure you have read not to remove the bloom spurs as they will continue to deliver blooms for years to come. I like the blooms but love the beautiful foliage on all of the Hoyas.

I pruned the roots last summer as I was struggling to keep these plants hydrated. I think spring or summer would be the best time to do the pruning as the roots should develop better. Then able to rest in winter.

Good luck with your beautiful variegated Hoyas. Thumbs up
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Mar 24, 2018 9:30 AM CST
DH is definitely a keeper for sure, we have been married 28 years. Lovey dubby

I am really anxious to see my plant bloom as I have always admired the bloom photos that I have seen, I hope it is now at the point where it doesn't dry up and fall off, for awhile I was afraid that would happen as the days had been dark and cold, it's been a miserable winter. I agree the foliage is lovely on both plants.
Name: Kristi
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Mar 24, 2018 2:22 PM CST
I don't think it will fall off that easily.

I do hope you like the fragrance. Some smell wonderful and others are a bit heavy for my taste. I keep mine on the front porch. In early morning or late evening, it seems even stronger.

Hope to see you post the bloom photos soon. Crossing Fingers!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Mar 24, 2018 3:04 PM CST
Glad to hear that it doesn't fall of easily. Thumbs up

I hope the scent is pleasant as it is an indoor plant, too cold here to put it outside.

Here is a photo that I just took and as you can see it has awhile to go before the buds open. Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Mar 24, 2018 10:49 PM CST
Wow! That has a pretty color right now. Lovey dubby
I look forward to seeing the blooms when open. I hope you will post a photo of it then as well.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Mar 24, 2018 10:53 PM CST
I will be posting photos for sure, especially since it will my first Hoya bloom ever. Smiling
Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Mar 24, 2018 11:25 PM CST
So fun to have a bloom coming!!! And no small feat.

Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Mar 25, 2018 9:38 AM CST
Thanks Laurie, just seems like forever for those buds to form, started out so tiny..

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