hoyas that get red leaves

trace00969September 10, 2007

So there are a few hoyas that get reddish or purplish or pinkish leaves when they are young and then they mature to green. I know the color depends on the amount of light the plant gets too.....but it you get a hoya with green leaves (thinking KW, KP, pubicalyx) will leaves already on the plant go purplish/reddish/pinkish with higher amounts of light? Or is this from too much light? The reason I am asking is I got what I think is a hoya pubicalyx "pink silver". but now that I have brought it home and put it under much more light, the leaves are reddening....so I am thinking maybe a hoya pubicalyx "chimera" or "RHP", but I haven't seen any new growth yet, just some of the younger current growth on it is going reddish. Am I burning the plant, all my other hoyas are doing okay, but the pubicalyx is new to me.

Thanks everyone


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Jan Sword

Hi Tracy,
Here is my RHP plant. Only the young leaves are reddish but as they get order they turn green.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 6:51AM
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Nice pic thanks, but do your leaves emerge purple? Can older, but newer growth suddenly go purple because of higher light levels? Or is this a sign of burn, so far mine has gotten purple splashes, I am hoping it to be a "chimera" or "RHP", but am wondering if maybe I am burning the plant?


    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 10:53AM
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If my pink silver gets too much light, the leaves go a paler green, but sometimes very new growth can be a red of bronze color.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 10:53AM
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Jan Sword

I think if the leaves were burning it will turn pare color then brownish and dry. Maybe you can post a photo so we can see what it looks like. Notice on top leaves on my plant it's green so the new leaves does not always come out bronzy red.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 11:58AM
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Reddening *older* growth is a sign of TOO MUCH LIGHT when growing under artificial light. When growing orchids I let the foliage get a slight blush of red, but progressively reddening foliage will soon turn to brown and dry up.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2007 at 9:44AM
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Thanks Shiver, I think that may be the prob, they are under HID light, so I am going to move it away or lower from the light.



    Bookmark   September 14, 2007 at 2:07PM
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