Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Why is My Hoya Always Wrinkley

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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Feb 7, 2018 3:13 PM CST
My Hoya has been wrinkly for MONTHS. It's in the greenhouse and it's watered once a week. Even the day after I water it it is STILL wrinkly lol. Help!
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Feb 7, 2018 3:45 PM CST
Roots are not delivering moisture to foliage. If watering (thoroughly, so soil is moistened throughout) once a week, it's not because there is no moisture available, if the moisture is not just running past hydrophobic bits without soaking in. The other option would be that the roots are damaged & not able to deliver moisture to foliage.

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Name: kathy
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katesflowers
Feb 7, 2018 6:17 PM CST
Hi Lindsey
Would your Hoya be a Hindu Rope Hoya? Check out what a normal one would look like on line. How does the new growth look? Is there new growth?
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Baja_Costero
Feb 8, 2018 5:38 PM CST

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Maybe you've discovered a wrinkly-leafed form of the plant. Ha!

That looks like pretty good moisture-absorbent soil so I would guess the roots are not functioning or are not there. Usually when a plant of mine gets a case of the wrinkles and can't be coaxed out of it, I tug gently at the base to see if it can be pulled free. Otherwise I have no idea and no experience with Hoyas either. Smiling
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Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Feb 8, 2018 11:24 PM CST
If you discover the roots are gone, you still do have a chance of salvaging a cutting. If the roots are shot, I would put the whole stem in water for 24 to 48 hrs, until it plumped up a bit. Then treat as you would a cutting and cross your fingers. Good luck.

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Faridat
Feb 9, 2018 1:34 AM CST
I agree with Tiffany, sometimes the water gets so hydrophobic (water repellent soil) that the water leaves right away from the bottom and never reaches the root ball of the plant. It could very well be this particular problem.
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Feb 13, 2018 9:20 AM CST
Okay so I checked the roots and they are all good! What should I do?

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