Hoya talk forum: Plants that grow well.....then just stop

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May 31, 2013 12:12 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
Anyone had any experience of this? I have a couple of plants that came as cuttings, rooted well and grew like crazy for a season - then nothing since.

Did I put them in too big a pot to start with? Should I repot them now?
Any suggestions (other than the compost heap! Smiling ) gratefully received!
May 31, 2013 3:34 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Yup. I have plenty of experience with plants like this. First thing I would do is to check if roots are OK. If that is good then I fertilize it more than actively growing ones. I read somewhere that seaweed extract would also stimulate plant.
And if I think pot is a bit big but necessary, I just wait and keep taking care of it. It will grow one day.
Keep the soil chunky and light, specially if it is a big pot.
I had this experience(big pot) with 2 Hoyas- crassicaulis and kerrii and they are both doing very well now. In fact ,better than what I would expect in smaller pot.
I have several that are just sitting with dormant peduncles . Still experimenting to see what might work.
Also read chicken poo, rabbit poo , fish fertilizer etc help stimulate growth. It may be too stinky for indoor plants though.
May 31, 2013 11:12 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Good point, Alka...checking the roots is a good start. Some Hoyas will stall if their pots are too small Blinking like imperialis, magnifica (all her cousins) and the eriostemmas. If a plant isn't growing but isn't dying...it tells me that it doesn't like its environment so I change it to the opposite of where/how it is growing. Hitting it with a high nitrogen fertilizer might goose it into growing too (manures, fish emulsions etc are good for that). If you water in the manures with EM the smell is eliminated, mostly...
Leap. The net will appear.
Jun 1, 2013 6:12 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
Thanks guys...might do a little repotting...

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