New to Hoyas

a1pha_fema1e(4)July 13, 2013

Hello! I just got some plants from a Freecycler and thanks to the House Plants forum now know one of them is a Hoya. They told me to come here to ask how to care for it. She gave me 2 long cuttings. The only soils I have on hand at the moment are cactus/succulent and seedling/cutting soils. Which should I start with? Should I make the cuttings smaller? What do they like environment-wise? Thanks!
Sarah

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denise_gw

Hi Sarah and welcome to the world of Hoyas! You'll find all kinds of information here about growing them, so just take some time and read, read, read! It looks like you're starting out with what almost all of us begin with - a Hoya carnosa. Root the cuttings in soil - you can add perlite to the cactus soil, about 1/2 and 1/2. Put it in a warm, shady spot and keep it just damp and it will root quickly.

Best of luck with your cuttings!

Denise in Omaha
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    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 8:46PM
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a1pha_fema1e(4)

Thanks! I put it in a bright room with ~30 minutes of crack of dawn direct light. I'll move it in my room with my prickly pear cactus, where it is not so bright :)

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 10:10PM
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teisa(6)

Hi,

Your H. carnosa looks very healthy. I even see (I think) a peduncle where it had bloomed recently. So be sure not to pull that off, they sometimes rebloom from there. I'm guessing it was grown previously in some pretty bright light. You can tell because the leaves are lighter green. That's the best growing conditions for blooming. Good luck!

-teisa

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 11:53PM
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teisa(6)

Hi,

Your H. carnosa looks very healthy. I even see (I think) a peduncle where it had bloomed recently. So be sure not to pull that off, they sometimes rebloom from there. I'm guessing it was grown previously in some pretty bright light. You can tell because the leaves are lighter green. That's the best growing conditions for blooming. Good luck!

-teisa

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 12:04AM
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denise_gw

Yes, once it's rooted, you can move it back into some direct light. While it's rooting, shade will help it retain moisture in the leaves. And Teisa is right - leave that peduncle on. You have a very good chance at an early blooming with that there!

Denise in Omaha

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 7:23AM
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a1pha_fema1e(4)

Good to know! Thanks!! Should I spray it to improve humidity?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 10:04PM
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teisa(6)

Yes they certainly love humidity. So giving it a couple sprays per day will help speed up the rooting process. I even give my established ones mist to keep their leaves nice and plumb.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 9:34AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

I don't spray my Hoyas, I prefer to use humidity trays.

Easy to make using just the plastic lid from pint of ice cream. Fill w/ small rocks or pebbles & place the plant ON top of this. When watered to overflow, this allows the plant to be sitting ON TOP OF, but not in the water & it can absorb as much as it wants w/out the mix becoming soggy (or risking rot).

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 12:03PM
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