Is this not the cutest plant ever!?!

Sugi_C(9a)March 10, 2013

Since you guys are the ones partial to Hoyas, I presume...

I ordered it, then was sort of regretful about it as I was actually wanting more of a spiller plant, but once it came out of the box so erect and "happy" despite having been shipped -- I completely fell in love with it.

Cutest plant ever. Well, at least in my house. :-) I'm excited to see how it grows, and hope it stays as "happy-looking"!

I'm intending to keep it next to a south-facing window and perhaps later in the spring, I'll let it outside.

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teisa(6)

Hi! Welcome to the Hoya Forum. That is a very pretty H. Kerrii. It just looks darling. I grow this one also and I just love it's leaves. Good luck with your Kerrii. Sounds like you have researched your growing conditions, it should do well for you! Please post more pictures as it grows.

-Teisa

This post was edited by teisa on Sun, Mar 10, 13 at 9:14

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 9:10AM
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Klea(4b)

A very good looking plant! :) I'm sure it will thrive in your care and eventually reward you with beautiful flowers!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 1:40PM
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denise_gw

Kerrii has been a long-time favorite of mine. Your's is a cute little start. Now, stand back and watch it go wild!! The very stiff vines are hard to train, but it's a plant I could not live without. In fact, I have several different clones. Be sure to let this one dry out pretty good between waterings. Where did you get it?

Denise in Omaha

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 7:20PM
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Sugi_C(9a)

Thanks, Teisa, Klea and Denise!
Here it is repotted into gritty mix, which I figured was going to be better for it than 5-1-1...
I really liked the loose potting soil that the seller had used, though.

Denise, I bought it on eBay from the seller linked below.
As mentioned, I had bought it, originally, for the trailing effect, but clearly, this is no typical "vine".
Now, actually, I'd like it to remain upright but since I have not seen this thing "grow" yet, so to speak, I'm wondering if that is possible? Do you have photos of yours?

Thanks for the comments -- this really is my cutest plant!

-Grace.

Here is a link that might be useful: Seller of Hoya kerrii

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 10:22PM
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greedygh0st

Haha. It is very cute indeed. My kerrii is not very large, but since no one else has responded with their pictures, I thought I'd give you an idea of how it will go. If you were to grow your kerrii without support, in a basket, it would end up growing something like this:


Source:Plant Swap

If you gave it some support to help it continue upward, as it likes, it would end up something like this:


Source: Kakteen-Forum

This post was edited by greedyghost on Thu, Mar 21, 13 at 16:05

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 4:04PM
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Sugi_C(9a)

Goodness, these are so awesome, greedyghost! Thanks for showing me.
How many years of growth do you think that is? The growth seems to be really slow on these....is that like 10 years of growth? lol

I can't even imagine these stems being so trainable. I love the hanging basket -- and for this plant, I just might consider hanging a basket as I normally steer clear of hanging anything.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 4:35PM
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greedygh0st

Yeah it seems like a slow one, to me, too, but a lot of times Hoyas dawdle for the first year or two that they live in a new location, just acclimatizing, or filling out a new pot, and then they take off like a rocket.

The second photo definitely doesn't look 10 years old to me... maybe 3-6 years old... grown indoors without supplemental light in Germany? And the plant from the first photo is grown outside in Texas, which gives it an advantage. It looks pretty mature to me, but you can bang out some big plants fast when you grow outdoors in a southern climate.

They really aren't very trainable. I haven't figured out what I'm going to do with mine either, but I think I might grow it hanging, too. (Also unusual for me.) If you put it on a hoop, it just ends up refusing to cooperate once it reaches the top. The owner of that second plant is actually complaining about this issue in their post. She just gave it a bigger hoop and it's already banging its new growth against the window, she says.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 5:12PM
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Sugi_C(9a)

I should have called this "the slowest plant ever"! I guess everything being EXACTLY the same as it was a month ago is fair enough and no cause to worry.

But I'm aging here waiting for this thing to do something -- anything lol. It's so cute that I wanted to grow it inside but perhaps it's telling me it wants to be outdoors....

Grace

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 9:45PM
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greedygh0st

It takes them a while to get going in the beginning, sometimes. I'm not sure why, but I suspect they're getting used to the new environment, since cuttings start growing again faster.

So, here's my advice. Get about 300 or so, and one will always be doing something.

Just kidding...

(maybe)

;)

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 10:17PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi,

Yeah Kerriis are cool but odd. Here's one of mine, which grows in a vase of water w/ Leca stones (hydro. or semi-hydro).

showing some of its roots.

It bloomed last Aug. for the first time & it was 2.5 yrs. from when I cut it & grew it in water.

We do love our Kerriis!!

Couple of pointers: when you train it, I use wire hangars that I open, reshape & close (not for the Hoyas shown but others), you need to do it while the vines are young & thinner, they'll thicken w/ age, becoming more difficult to bend w/out breaking or leaking this white sap, looks like Elmer's Glue but is harmless.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 11:52PM
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Sugi_C(9a)

Greedy, LMAO! Then I would have 300 sitting here doing nothing!

Pirate - yours is also so cute, and obviously has done more growing than mine. Do you fertilize?

I think i will nr 80 by the time i need a wite hanger for mine, given how this thing knows how to freeze time.

Perhaps if I cut this and use it all over my face, it will freeze time and stop all aging or growing forever.

Grace

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 1:45AM
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alobo

Has anyone seen the variegated form of Kerri? pretty plant a hit at Valentines. But not seen it with flowers yet.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 11:55PM
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Sugi_C(9a)

I am now convinced they sent me a silk plant.
That is all.

LOL

Grace

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 10:55AM
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greedygh0st

LOL Grace. They could have at least sent one in bloom, then!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 2:56PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

There are variegated specimens

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 5:48PM
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Sugi_C(9a)

I only have one thing to say.

SERIOUSLY!?!

I'll be receiving Social Security payments before this thing grows at all. I started this thread on MARCH 10, LOL. I'm gonna charge this thing rent soon....I mean, DO SOMETHING!

I think the rocks have grown more than the plant.

Grace

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 10:14PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Hehehehehehe. Hoyas are naturally slow growing. My babies are just starting to push out leaves. They push out leaves and then take a long break. The plant equivalent of a couch potato. In your climate this plant can grow outside year round

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 7:52AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hey Sugi,

If speed is what you want, ya got the wrong plant. Maybe if you stop watching it like a hawk, it'll actually do something, just to mess w/ your head!

Seriously tho', folks HAVE told you they sometimes take a while to get going. A while can equal months, even many months.

I've got a Hoya obovata which has sat w/ its TWO leaves for a year & did nothing. I've spoken to it, I've threatened it even & nothing.

Suddenly last month I see new growth nubs, this month it turns out to be 3 new growth points, so please give it time & pls. be patient!!

FYI: your vendor may seem good, but if that's also his/her ad for the single leaf they're selling that is an ABSOLUTE RIPOFF, 98% unlikely to grow into a plant & I would NEVER patronize someone who sells that. Set up for failure, not a plant friendly thing to do!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 4:18PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Sugi,
Not to say whether you should put yours outdoors (I believe you considered it in a previous post), but one of my Hoyas exploded last year when I stuck it outdoors. Granted, it is a H. Carnosa cultivar and they tend to grow like weeds, but I believe it wouldn't be as large as it is had I left it inside. i believe it enjoys the humidity outside. I have to agree with PG though, some plants are like watching water boil, the more you keep looking at them... seems like they aren't doing a thing! Although... Yours doesn't seem to have done anything since March lol.

Planto

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 8:06PM
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Sugi_C(9a)

Haha. I can honestly say I have never had a plant do nothing for this long. They would at least be actively dying or something.

I don't actually watch this. (I do obsess over my other plants, though.) Since you guys said it's slow, I barely water if, never mind watch it. Even in gritty mix, it must get watered once a week to once every ten days.

I had intended to put her outside come "summer" except summer is not highs of 65. I am seriously wondering if SF will have a summer this year. So she remains inside....on the windowsill all of my other plants love, lol.

Teen, plant couch potato? LOL! Got it.

Pirate, can't speak to the seller and her other products. All I did was get a really cute silk plant from her, you know. LOL!

Grace

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 6:18AM
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laura1(9aTpa,FL)

My kerrii just finished its mass blooming. I have 3 plants that have been in the same small (root bound) pots for 8-9 years. I'm sure it would grow all over the place if given more love yet it blooms every year. The blooms drip with orange nectar and now I must clean up :-). I need to take it out and give it a good bath (maybe new pot too).
Good luck with your baby Grace.

Laura

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 3:47PM
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greentoe357

Grace, how is your plant doing?

I am not at all surprised it is/was just sitting there. Think of a cactus - those also often sit for very long and grow slowly, almost imperceptibly. But once a hoya starts growing, it often grows fast.

H. carnosa was my first hoya, and it was sitting in peat pudding on a shady windowsill doing nothing for nearly two years! I kinda wished it would die - at least then I'd know something was happening. Then I put it into gritty mix and under artificial lights, and some weeks later (not right away, I guess it still needed to adjust to the new home) it started visibly growing a lot.

I think the rocks have grown more than the plant.

Speaking of ricks, what are those black ones in your gritty mix - charcoal? I grow mostly in gritty mix and do not recognize those. Why did you add them?

    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 12:25AM
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Sugi_C(9a)

Greentoe,

So behind on replying...like 6 months. Sorry!
My Hoya has finally done something. It grew a little but it also burned a little. It's still chugging along, though, after almost a year and a half, so it's basically a much better plant to me than gardenias have historically been, heh.

The black you see in the gritty mix was a sleek looking pea "gravel" I found at the landscaping store. When wet, it's shiny black...can't say it made any difference to the quality of the mix except aesthetically! :-)

I'll get a photo of the now slightly taller Hoya tomorrow!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 4:50AM
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greentoe357

The mix looks good with that black gravel. I like these colorful bonsai-style mixes. Aesthetics is one of the big reasons I use gritty mix myself - although in mine bark is too light and granite chips are too heavy, so it never looks well-mixed on the surface, even though it functions well and is very long-lasting. I might try Orchiata instead of pine bark - I hear it's relatively heavy.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 9:29PM
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greedygh0st

Nice to hear from you Sugi. You always make me laugh. I'm glad your Hoya has demonstrated that it can in fact grow leaves and doesn't need to be taken to a plant psychic.

It's true, "still being alive" is an awesome display of loyalty compared to some plants.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 11:36AM
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Sugi_C(9a)

Hiya Greedy & Greentoe!

Greentoe -- unable to find pine bark here in the SF Bay Area, I used fir bark. I don't know how much better, if any, pine bark would be but it seems to work just fine. :) 'Twas Al-approved.

Greedy --- it's alive. But with scars. I'm guessing those white patches were sunburns, but who knows!?!

I gave a lot of my plants away except the succulents as I was leaving town for 7-10 days at a time for much of this year. I kept this one since it's basically a silk plant, haha, but once summer rolled around, it did grow. The long stalk is pretty malleable right now so until I figure out what to do with it, I've "hooked" it into one of the branches for the time being.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 7:57PM
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greentoe357

> unable to find pine bark here in the SF Bay Area, I used fir bark. I don't know how much better, if any, pine bark would be but it seems to work just fine. :)

Yeah, fir bark works, depending on the particle size. I think fir works even better than pine because pine bark is flatter, with less body to it. This may mean less aeration with pine bark compared to fir, faster decomposition and easier crumbling.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 2:15PM
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