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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Nov 7, 2017 10:46 AM CST
I've had this gift waxy hoya for 35 years. In the same pot. In the same windowsill year round. It thrives there a little aquarium water every week and the stems got tangled as I wrapped them around the hanging pot.

So 3 weeks ago, I decided it would like being divided and repotted. Oh My God, Dumb!

I took tip cuttings and set them in new small pots under lights with root hormone. They seem to be surviving, but the plant is so durable I won't know for months.

So them I eased it out of the pot thinking to divide the stems. There was just the ONE!

I brushed off some loose soil (how can there be soil without roots in a 35 year old plant in a 6" hanging pot?) added a little fresh potting soil, and set it back in. As gently as I treated it, I may have bent the single stem.

Have I killed it?

Are any of my tip cuttings likely to survive?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Nov 7, 2017 12:24 PM CST
My Hoya is close to 60 years old (I got it has a teenager) and it has never been repotted - I suspect the soil is probably cardboard by now. Smiling

They are epiphytic; soil is not a big deal for them. Mine hangs with the orchids so gets watered on the orchid watering schedule (daily in summer, weekly in winter). I have grown lots and lots of cuttings to give as gifts to friends - just stick a cutting in the soil and water it. I have never used root hormone.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Nov 11, 2017 8:53 AM CST
DaisyI said:My Hoya is close to 60 years old (I got it has a teenager) and it has never been repotted - I suspect the soil is probably cardboard by now. Smiling

They are epiphytic; soil is not a big deal for them. Mine hangs with the orchids so gets watered on the orchid watering schedule (daily in summer, weekly in winter). I have grown lots and lots of cuttings to give as gifts to friends - just stick a cutting in the soil and water it. I have never used root hormone.


Thank you Daisy. I didn'y know about their epiphytic nature. I was certain new potting soil would make it happier after all these years. Fortunately, I have a dozen cutting set in small pots under lights, so I may have the additional plants I wanted by next year.

Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Nov 13, 2017 12:27 AM CST
If you need a new hoya cutting or two, I would gladly keep a hoya on your windowsill.
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Nov 13, 2017 12:43 AM CST
How interesting! I have a Hoya (probably the same one as Yardenman) I got maybe 8 years ago. I have been thinking it might like to be repotted, but I think after reading this I will just flush through some very dilute fertilizer, to wash out any residues that have built up. I had not fertilized it enough for a year or so, and those leaves have never fully greened up, so maybe I will cut off those stems in the spring. The aquarium water sounds yummy (for a plant, anyway).
I also propagated a 'sport' that showed up, which is variegated, by layering it into a new empty pot.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Nov 14, 2017 1:15 PM CST
You have lots of good company, Yardenman! Unnecessary repotting is by far the most common source of plant problems. It is so common, that I have written a book titled, "Don't Repot That Plant and Other Indoor Plant Care Mistakes."
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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