Old Hoya

vansdonkMay 18, 2012

I have a Hoya that is about 120 years or so old. It is small and hasn't bloomed for about 4 or 5 years. Is this normal. Also, my family has always called them Jesus Tears. They say that when they are getting ready to bloom, if you feed them colored water, the leaves will drip that color when stroked.

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Hi Vansdonk! I finally find someone else who has heard of Hoyas called Jesus' Tears! My husband's aunt told me years ago that she knew it as Jesus' Tears. I used to wonder why they called it that until I got my first flowers on Hoya kerrii, which drips a deep red sap. A lightbulb went off over my head!

Your old Hoya may just need a repotting. Or some serious fertilizing (do you fertilize it?) Tell us how you care for it. And it would be interesting to know how you know it's 120 years old! WOW!

Denise in Omaha

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 10:07PM
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This is just a small section of the original plant. It stays in the kitchen window and we water it when the soil gets real dry. We were afraid to give it too much fertilizer. So once or twice a year we feed it with ozmos beads. We would just die if we were to kill it. My Great Grandma always said they love to be some what root bound.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 7:21AM
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