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Hope someone has some suggestions for me with this magnifica. This plant is from a cutting I got in the spring DL Co-op. It rooted and has been growing great but lately I've noticed some of the vines turning brown and dying back a little ways. I have just been trimming the dead pieces off. Any ideas as to what would cause this?
I took a quick picture, can you see what I mean? There's one short end that is totally brown and I have cut back a few stems that were like this. I am going to repot in fresh mix later today but I'm wondering what to do about the stems turning brown. I should have taken a picture when it had three or four brown dead stems. I did have a couple of leaves turn yellow and fall off and immediately checked to see if the soil was too wet ... it was on the dry side. I wonder if I am keeping this particular one too dry?
Well, I have to go finish mowing the lawn. I will check back in later in hopes of some feedback!
Sometimes when the vine points downwards, it will die back to the next node. The one brown area I can see looks as if it were cut below the node...if there is no top node, they often will die back. I don't know why it does it...mine does it too from time to time...just part of the growing, I think.
Thanks, Carol. So, you don't think anything is wrong with the plant? Here's another picture where I zoomed in on the plant and the brown stem is visible. Those nubby looking stems in the center did the same thing, they were growing long and then just began to turn brown and die back so I cut them off. Is it a good idea to cut the dead stem away or should it be left alone? I know I'm being a worry wart but I don't want to kill this plant.
Ive have H arrchboldiana, H crassicaulis and H purpurea fusca do the same Lin. A healthy new growth will first loose its tip, then die back. It stops at a node somewhere, then re shoots at that node or further down. If the whole plant were in trouble, it kind kicks the bucket in a more spectacular way...and all the leaves yellow, fall, followed by the collapse of the plant. I would say its going to be fine, but dont be surprised if it does it again somewhere. You could also try moving the plant to a different position.
... Whew, I am relieved that what's going on with this one is easy to fix, I was worried that it was dying. I didn't realize it was a hoya that prefers a lot of water like imperalis. I'm going to do as Dominic suggested and change the location too. It's been on the front porch but I will move it to the back deck right next to imperalis. Plants out in that area get watered more often than the plants on the front porch.
I didn't get a chance yesterday but am going to take it out of the pot today and take a look at the roots. I had no idea that some hoya like roomier pots, I thought they all loved being root bound! I didn't think this one could be root bound since it was a cutting placed in this pot back in April/May when I received it, but you never know, it put on a lot of growth this summer so it might need a larger pot.
I am learning so much from this forum! Thanks again for the advice, you all are great!
This is a pot of H. albiflora, which is a very similar species to magnifica and calycina. The scale is misleading, the plant is actually in a 10" plastic pot siting in a 16" terra cotta pot. The whole thing is over 6' tall when sitting on the ground. This plant is only three years old from a 2 node cutting!
See how the older leaves are kind of yellow and have died off near the base? Its because the plant is so root-bound it is hard for me to keep it adequately watered. These species also seem to like a bit of extra fertilizer, as well as extra water compared to most Hoya species.
Wow! That is one nice plant, Mark! Beautiful. That's only 3 years old from a cutting?! Amazing! Does magnifica grow that fast? I was kinda surprised at how fast my cutting grew just in a couple of months ... it will be awesome if it grows like that in just a couple of years!
I am so glad I posted to get feedback from you all. I feel so relieved that nothing is wrong with my plant! Now, I need to go out and remove it from the pot and inspect the roots and repot it ... and WATER! Ocassionally I use VF-11 plant food and add a drop of super thrive to the water too ... is that detrimental in any way? I'm bad about remembering to feed so I figured since it's not all the time it wouldn't hurt anything.
Mark, thanks for posting that photo of your gorgeous albiflora! That looks exactly like what my magnifica has been doing.
My H. magnifica has behaved just as badly as yours. I've had my plant about six month's longer than you have. At one point, it looked like I was going to lose it, and then all of a sudden it rebounded and trippled in size. Right now It looks great, but the verdict is still out on this plant for me as to whether I'm going to be successful with it or not. It is supposed to be very closely related to H. australis, and I just threw out my last one of those - yesterday as a matter of fact. This is really supposed to be one of the easy ones to grow, and I can't grow it to save my life, and I've tried everything. I have to say that it is very liberating to finally be rid of them, because they caused me much undue stress - One day they look great; I water it, and 36 hours later they are on death's door. Who needs a plant like that? It seems to be all about finding Hoya that do well in your conditions, and H. australis (at least 5 different species) hate my conditions, and apparently me personally.
That was part of the reason, I ordered so many different kinds, and raised 40 of the seedlings from a seed pod that I got in a cutting order from you. I just have to say that they HATE (for emphasis; not yelling) Vermont!
LOL Doug ... I think you are right about finding ones that will be happy and love living in our particular area of the world! I have a couple of australis I got in trades and they are doing really well, just started putting on growth spurts this summer and one has two peduncles so I hope to see some flowers before long! So far the ones I have, all seem to love the heat and humidity ... and I guess they better or they will have to move someplace other than Florida cause that's all we've got here ... heat, humidity and more humidity!
Doug, just a thought ... I hate to hear of anyone throwing out hoyas (LOL, or any other plant for that matter) ... if you end up with any more that don't want to live in Vermont, you could sell them on the MarketPlace! I bet they would go real fast!
Good idea, but right now with my new job and other responsibilities it is just too hard to find the time to deal with shipping anything out. I'm also going to use this winter as a time to thin out my collection. I only want the best of the best that look and do well in my conditions - no more fussbudgets!
Doug, That's understandable if you are trying to deal with a new job and every day responsibilities, you wouldn't want the hassle of listing plants for sale and then have the process of packing and shipping. I was all prepared to tell you to talk to those hoyas that you will be thinning and ask them if they'd like to live in Florida!
I just went out back and un potted magnifica. I was surprised at the amount of roots and boy was it dry! I repotted into a little bit bigger pot and since we are having a nice rainy afternoon, I stuck a bunch of plants out on the pool deck to take advantage of the water!
Dominic, no flowers yet, sadly. Calycina and australis bloom mostly in the fall here- so since this is a related species I am hoping for blooms this fall. There are tons of peduncles- and funny, for such a grand plant, the peduncles are tiny- about 1/4 inch (.75cm) and very fuzzy.
Doug, I hear you. I have thrown out a number of Hoya that were a thorn in my side, and with great pleasure.
My calycina, which is pretty big and has lots of peduncles, hasn't bloomed yet, and this will be the second fall season. So hopefully this season they will bloom! And yes, very short and stubby peduncles.
Oh, okay .. you mentioned a few others too so I was wondering which one it was. I will keep my fingers crossed for you! I've only seen photo's and read descriptions of the blooms and I can't wait for mine to get to blooming stage! I hope you will post a picture when yours blooms.
I just got this cutting in April/May of this year. It rooted quickly and really put on some growth this summer ... I will be thrilled if I see peduncles forming in the near future! I'm going to be watching it closely!
This is one of those hoyas that I have a sort of love/hate relationship with... When I had it bloom in November 2001 (yes, long time ago!) I really liked the flowers - to LOOK at! I've had to cut this hoya down and restart it several times, but I'm not giving up hope on seing the flowers again. I've had a peduncle ever since it bloomed and there have been small buds several times, but they've always fallen off...