Is this Hoya Dead or Not?

Not even close to dying in these photos but I really thought it was.  This Hoya pachyclada started looking wrinkled and dehydrated so the thing to do is water it…right?  That is the complicated part of growing the thick succulent hoyas.  Dehydrated could mean just the opposite of what you would think.

I tipped the small plant out of the pot and when I examined the root system I discovered that I had over-watered it and most of the plant was not viable by cutting away the stem until I noticed sap and a green inner stem.  This cutting sat in a tiny 2.5″ square pot for almost three weeks being kept in moist but not wet mixx.  It is amazing that it will definitely live longer with no roots than it will with any section of the stem rotting.

Last evening while inspecting my newly rooting stock I glanced at the Hoya pachyclada and decided to toss it in the compost pile.  Sometimes it’s easier to rid my spae of struggling/dead hoyas than wait until they are for sure gone.  When I did so I noticed this long fresh viable root growing from the bottom!  I would have never guessed this would be the case.  I ever so carefully tucked this stem back into the mixx and watered it well.

Phew…that was a close one.  This was my last piece of this species and I did not want to move it to my RETIRED category.  Luckily I didn’t have to.  It is not a sure thing yet because it still may struggle or rot due to the large size of cutting but now I have hope.  Lesson learned…a hoya is never dead and gone until it is totally dead with no sap or green stem!!!

Hoya pachyclada struggling but not dead

Hoya pachyclada struggling but not dead

Hoya pachyclada SRQ 3313 sends out roots

Hoya pachyclada SRQ 3313 sends out roots

 

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