FishTail hoya

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

I received a nice rooted piece last year in the late summer,kept it in under lights until this year when I hung it out on the patio for the summer. It's been doing just fine up until now. I brought it in late Nov. and now all it's leaves are yellowing and falling off. Stems are still green. Is this just the reaction from the move? None of my other hoyas are loosing leaves.


(Zone 1)

The Fishtail Hoya is one I've never been able to keep alive for long. I've tried growing this plant a few times over the past four years and they don't seem to like my conditions. I purchased two more from Home Depot about 6 or 7 months ago (Exotic Angel plants.) One plant seemed to fail quickly, leaves turned yellow and dropped and then the stems just seemed to dry up and die. The second plant is still alive but is not happy. I think I've heard that this particular Hoya likes cooler conditions so I'm thinking maybe that's my problem. I buy them and put them out on my deck where it's hot and humid! The surviving plant I brought inside to the air conditioned house and it's seemed to do better. We had a bit of cooler weather a few weeks ago so I moved it back outside. It's still out there and the weather has warmed back up and it looks a bit unhappy again. This is one I wish I could find a happy medium with and be able to keep alive awhile!

Akron, OH(Zone 5a)

Possible problems: dries out too quickly? light? bugs? check out the roots, repotting might help.

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

Well,we did have some wicked tempts back in Aug. I do let my hoya dry out pretty good between waterings and I just repotted it before I brought it back in....and no visible signs of bugs.

Akron, OH(Zone 5a)

Well, let's give her some time to recover. Mine doesn't mind about being moved inside/out and drops some leaves because of drought (my fault!). She's quite bushy and healthy, the only problem I have is blooming -- I saw many tiny buds coming but they never opened. So she might be sensitive to some factors but someone has to be an expert to figure it out I guess.

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

Okey dokey. Wasn't gonna pitch her any time soon anyway

Tucson, AZ(Zone 9a)

I thought that Fishtail Hoyas were going to be my go-to plants at first. They did well inside and cuttings rooted within days-literally- and they were so pretty and grew so well. Then it started to appear that they don't like it too hot, or too cool, or too dry, or too humid, or something else like over-or-underpotting, and all the plants I had scattered all over the place started dying, no matter what location they were in. Sheesh. They ALL died- usually you'll luck out with a couple, at least! I tried it again- same deal. Are they really that particular?

Covington, LA(Zone 8b)

I'm glad that I'm not the only one. I got a beautiful fishtail at HD last fall. I did well under lights all winter. The minute I brought it outside the decline began. It is almost dead now. I have repotted and tried moving it to different locations. Nothing has helped.

Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

I had to keep re starting my polyneura many times until I discovered that it likes it cool and moist. I keep mine inside now under lights on a shelf. I have it potted in a mix of african violet potting soil, perlite, and orchid mix. 1-1-1 ratio. It is small but seems to be doing better. I have another small one outside hanging and it always looks wilted. Just too hot for it. I keep spraying it every day and will see how bad it gets, before bringing it inside with the other one.
Try moving your inside in a bright window. That may save your plant. i would take a few cuttings just in case.

St. Petersburg, FL(Zone 10a)

I have kept mine on the front porch on the North side of the house for 2.5 years. It is a HD exotic angel. It stays out year round except for really cold days and nights (

Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

Well. my polyneura is now down to one short stem. I had it outside during our cool winter temps, hoping it would recover. All the other stems turned yellow. I don't think I'll try this one again. I hope you have better luck with yours.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

I'm guilty of Polyneuracide also and after reading this, am glad to know I'm not alone.
It was a larger (and lush) Exotic Angel.

Conditions it died in were front porch, bright light but no direct sunlight. Was it the summer heat?

I know it wouldn't have been overwatering as the fools in the garden centers overwater them all the time. lol

Has anyone ever seen these bloom?

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

Another one guilty of "Polyneuracide" here too. I found it did best in bright light, cooler temps, kept moist. I still ended up killing it after it rebounded several times.

Tucson, AZ(Zone 9a)

When it comes down to polyneuracide, I'm a serial killer.

Do you think it would do well in Tucson on a heavily shaded north side porch? the humidity is low most of the time

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Sounds like we are in good company. There is a common theme with those of us in the south not being successful with these pretty Hoyas. I wonder if it is the heat that harms these plants.

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

I've got at least 20 different Hoya's...including H. linearis which is known to be a difficult grower but has done quite well for me. While "most" Hoya's like warmer temperatures there are some that don't. You just can't clump them all together when it comes to growing conditions.

Here's the bloom on my. H linearis...a "cool" grower. I keep it inside during the hot summer months June to the end of September, then it goes outside till temps get really cool (lower 40's) at night.

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Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Beautiful blooms and what interesting foliage. How is the fragrance?

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

very very slight have to stick you nose right in it. Not like some others.

Tucson, AZ(Zone 9a)

Pretend you're a hummingbird. 8^]

Thomson, GA(Zone 8a)

Hello all,
I was looking for help on the care of a plant i received while having surgery and after having complications i ended up with a couple of plants.My husband the sweetie he is knows what kind of plants i like (cause i constantly tell him about them)he bought me a H.polyneura -a fishtail Hoya and a H. carnosa Chelsea.After reading through this thread i'm really worried about the fish tail mostly (i haven't looked up the chelsea yet)

Sound like their has been a lot of experience's with this particular plant.Can anyone give me some advice or tips to stack the odds my way a little!!! I don't want to loose it.It is currently hanging in a bay window facing maybe southeast.It shares the bay with 6 other hoya's,some christmas cactus and a lipstick plant.This will be the first season i've had Hoya's to go out with the rest of the clan.But in reading the post's above maybe it should go out first & then be put back inside before the heat gets bad.I usually let my hoya's dry out a little before watering them,is the fish tail an exception to that practice? Some one said they don't like to dry out.

Any tips on this plant will be greatly appreciated.

Have a nice evening

P.S. my camera is a dinosaur and the color is always off.So any yellow the plant looks to have it really doesn't,it's a beautiful plant!! for now

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St. Petersburg, FL(Zone 10a)

I've had the EA fishtail hoya for three years now. In St. Petersburg, FL it hates to have wet roots. It sits on my north facing porch all year unless the temps get into the mid-thirtys at night. It always has one or two yellow leaves that will fall, but generally seems happy. It only causes me problems when watered too quickly between drying out, or when I allow it to sit dry for too long. It will tell you by its drooping if it is thirsty.

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Hanceville, AL(Zone 7a)

I bought a hoya rubra yesterday. I hope it does well, after all the problems I have read here. If it starts having problems, I think I will put it in the cool garage and see if it recovers. Luciee {;^)

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

H. rubra isn't nearly as fussy as the H.polyneura

Hanceville, AL(Zone 7a)

mjsponies, I'm glad to have that info. It is a pretty plant and I'm glad I won't have so many problems with it. Thanks!! Luciee {;^)

Tucson, AZ(Zone 9a)

Billy42, looks like you have the perfect climate for polyneuras, I always pictured mine looking like that, but they never made it through the God's-flame-thrower May-June summer in AZ.
I guess if I moved to Florida my plants of choice would thrive, but i'd grow mold and die.

St. Petersburg, FL(Zone 10a)

EileenAZ, It seems to love the humidity, but hates wet roots. The mold issue is definitely an issue, some days you can just smell it in the air. I am originally from OK and had to deal with a lot of dry heat there, but here in Florida, everything grows and it just makes you want more and more plants. Sometimes it feels like a curse.

Arroyo Grande, CA(Zone 9a)

You know it's been interesting reading about eveyone's fishtail problems. I have one that I've had for over 5 years that I started from a cutting. I keep it inside all year hanging in a window, not in direct light though. It has been a slow grower, but I've never lost a leaf. It has bloomed twice but I never expect much out of it. I water my houseplants when they get dry so it' doesn't get any real attention. It never appears to need more water than anything else and my livngroom is a jungle. Humidity is low here and I don't have air conditioning so it gets hot inside in summer. You know it never really gets all that cold here. A cold winter is when we get a freezing night or two. Maybe they are just really cold sensitive. I'd watch the over-watering, it can be a real killer of plants.
My large hoya is blooming now and when I go up the stairs the smell is amazing.

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