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Growing Hoya sp. Indonesia Part Three

It continued to grow exceptionally well and once again I was faced with a net pot that was tangled on the outside with roots. I felt that I needed to up pot once again, and I left the darned net pot on again and moved up to a six inch net pot with a cache pot. Below the developing buds of Hoya sp. Indonesia:

Growing Hoya sp. Indonesia Part Two

The plant grew rapidly pushing tons of roots out of the net pot so I then moved it up to a 4 inch net pot, and left the 3 inch pot in place rather than risk damaging the roots. For most plants now in hindsight I don’t believe that this is a good idea. The plant surprised me and budded up very early.

Growing Hoya sp. Indonesia Part One

I received the plant wrapped tightly in sphagnum from the vendor. If you buy a plant from Thailand, it will either be rooted in coir chips, or sphagnum. I really don’t like sphagnum for most Hoyas, but I left it on as it was too difficult to remove without damaging the meager roots. I potted it up into a 3 inch net pot and hoped for the best.

Hoya Number Two That I Almost Lost to Root Rot

I really love Hoya amicabilis and I was very upset when I almost lost the plant mid-summer from root rot. I managed to save it by taking 3 really poor looking cuttings. They all eventually rooted, and I sold one, put one in leca using passive Hydro, and put the other in soil. The flowers below belong to the one in leca.

Haven’t Flowered This One In Awhile

Hoya cutis-porcelana is one of the many Hoyas that I had to start over this year because of root rot. It seems to be more difficult for me to grow than I first thought and has just flowered for the first time since its restart. You have to love these very cute, albeit short-lived flowers!

Final Day With Hoya merrillii

Hoya merrillii used to be very easy to find and pretty inexpensive, but now like all Hoyas it has become much pricier. I do however highly recommend it as a worthwhile acquisition for the lovely foliage, fragrant and frequent blooms, and easy growth habits.