Bugs, Mildews, Strange Stuff forum: Hello again friends! I have a minor hoya emergency, looking for advice.

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May 17, 2015 7:30 PM CST
Hey all :)

Some of you may remember me buzzing around the forums a few years ago, when I was first introduced to the world of hoya. One of my precious plants has been distressed and I was hoping some of you here may be able to give me some guidance.
Thumb of 2015-05-18/RenFlowers/777136
This is my lovely hoya plicata which I got from Joni. It had three different plants growing together and I had it in a soil-less mix. I didn't have the time to give it the attention it needed so I changed it to something that could hold a little more moisture. Now one of the plants have died and the second is on it's way. At this rate I'm also concerned about the third, though that one still looks fine.
Thumb of 2015-05-18/RenFlowers/4fbe65 Thumb of 2015-05-18/RenFlowers/111677
(the stems in the first picture, from left to right: alive, dead, dying)

As you can see it starts from the base up. I really doubt that it is root rot as I have let it get almost excessively dry, I water all my hoya once a week and have never had an issue over watering.

I would love if anyone had any advice, I'm not sure how I should proceed!

[Last edited May 17, 2015 7:39 PM CST]
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May 17, 2015 7:37 PM CST
Perhaps I should turn the damaged vine into cuttings, especially because the base looks like it's too far gone. What do you guys think?
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(left stem is the dead plant, right is the one in question)

If so I was thinking:
-snip at every other node, giving two nodes per cutting
-not removing any leaves(?)
-bury the first node as far as I could get it without covering the leaves

How does that sound? Each cutting would get it's own 4in pot.

[Last edited May 17, 2015 7:40 PM CST]
Quote | Post #1140343 (2)
May 21, 2015 7:26 PM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Yes, looks like you are going to have to do cuttings.
Jun 6, 2015 8:24 AM CST
Name: Denise Evans
Omaha, Nebraska
I agree - I'd be chop-chopping. I think there's a good chance it will come out of it. Since it's in distress, I would set the cuttings in a rooting dome or aquarium to maximize the humidity around it. It will help it recover.

When a Hoya goes in distress, I always take cuttings and then baby the mother plant, trying to snap it out of its distress. A lot of times, I can get the mother plant to recover. I think taking the cuttings off of it relieves it of some of the stress - like maybe not having so much foliage to feed gives the mother plant a chance to recover from whatever is ailing it. Even if I end up with a potfull of sticks with the mother plant (or just a couple leaves), I set it aside and "wait and see". Sometimes, they never come back, but often times, and it may take a few months, a new little leaf will emerge and voila - it's BACK!

Don't worry - this happens to all of us!

Denise in Omaha

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