New and old Hoya questions
So, I just succumbed to an impulse buy, and maybe I'm a little sorry. I bought an EA Krimson Princess, which is a little different than the carnosa I've had for twenty years, and the varigated carnosa I've had for longer than that, so it seemed a good idea at the time. I have a couple of questions. One thing I am wondering is whether the Hoya named Krimson Queen is an older cultivar that has been around for a long time, and whether the one that I have had for twenty years that I have always just called varigated H. carnosa is actually Krimson Queen. The flowers on it aren't fragrant like the plain green carnosa, but it looks like the pictures of ones with that name. I'm sorry, I looked and I don't have a photo of its blooms. It isn't as prolific a bloomer as the regular carnosa.
The Krimson Princess I just bought was in a six or eight inch pot and very pretty, it's leaves are smaller than the other ones I have. When I got it home I realized that it isn't drying out any. I've had it about two weeks and it is still soaking. It seemed like some of the the growing points were drying out, like it wasn't doing very well. Also, someone in a post on this forum mentioned that these EA Hoyas will never bloom with so many cuttings as they have in the pot. I took it out to my potting shed to look at it more closely, and it has about twenty cuttings in the one pot. I shook the peaty wet stuff off them, and most of the soil came away easily. The roots were nice and white, but none were more than about two inches long. Any peat that clung to them I left on them. I repotted the cuttings in various pots in gritty mix, which is what I happened to have. I think I will have to be watering them frequently, as they aren't very old cuttings and the gritty should dry out more quickly than the peat. I don't have enough room for twenty pots of Hoya, so a lot of them are doubled and tripled up. We'll have to see how they do. This really is a test, as I have to repot my old Hoyas soon, and I want to see how it goes. I have never repotted the old Hoyas in twenty years, just potted up and put a little mix on top, so I'd like to give them some new mix. Is a 5-1-1 a good mix for them? The photo is of the new Hoya before repotting.