EA Hoya soil...
Finally took the Hoya plunge when I saw a hanging basket of Carnosa at HD. Yes, it is an Exotic Angel. Sold as 'Rubra', which I believe is more correctly identified as 'Krimson Princess'.
I know that it had not been in the store for longer than a week, but I also know that my Home Depot horribly drowns their houseplants. So, the first thing I did upon getting her home was to pop off the hanging basket saucer. Sure enough about 1/4 cup of water came immediately out. Since so much water came out just by removing the saucer, I figured that I should try and dry it out further. I did the gravity trick -holding the pot at shoulder height and letting it "drop", abruptly reversing direction at ankle level. This succeeded in getting out a LOT more water. At the point I decided to knock it out of the pot and see how wet things really were. It was sopping. I set the root ball on paper towels. Thoroughly soaked the towels. Repeated this three times and put her back in her pot. I then twisted up some wicks and stuck them into the drain holes. These dripped overnight. Satisfied that I had done enough, I decided to not mess with it anymore and wait to water when needed. That was 22 days ago. I have been monitoring moisture with a wooden skewer. It is just now getting dry enough to water for the first time.
While doing research I saw mention of EA Hoya potting medium being the kiss of death. So, I started reading up on that. It seems that most of the negative mentions of EA soil was mostly back in 2005-2007.
Normally, I repot new houseplants in Al's Gritty Mix and have had great success with it. However, I understand that Hoya's do not like to have their roots disturbed. Also, I am not fond of repotting hanging/vining plants. Especially if it is a pot full of cuttings.
I get the impression that in that last few years that EA may have changed their mix. Possibly meaning the elimination of Water Retention Crystals that seemed to be eluded to years ago?
I have not seen any decline in the health of the plant as it has been drying out. Just not sure if the 22 days was because of gross over watering or the EA soil or my particular cultural conditions. The plant is near an east facing window. Supplemental lighting. Temps are pretty consistent 75Ã¯Â¿Â½-77Ã¯Â¿Â½. Humidity is kept at 45-50%.
So, any recommendations? Should I repot or not?
I am willing to keep her as-is and be careful about watering. If I repot I have on hand; Turface, Granite Grit, Pine Bark, Fir Bark, Perlite, Charcoal, Sphagnum Moss, Pea Gravel, Coco Fiber Chunks, and Growers Gold Potting Soil. Of course, I would be willing to pick up anything else that may be needed.
Sorry for the long post and thank you in advance for all advice.