Hello. I'm looking into getting one these two hoyas as the red leaves look beautiful. If anyone has had them both, which is easier to care for and to sun stress? Thank you!
In my experience (about a year for both), they have both been equally easy to care for. My favorite of the two would be Sunrise. The leaf shape, veining, and generally the look of Sunrise is very pretty. Obscura also has pretty veining. I have two I bought as Sunrise in the bottom of the photo. The left one has tiny leaves and the right one’s leaves are almost the size of my Obscura in the middle top of the photo. The two Sunrise look quite different. I’m not sure why. None of them are currently sun stressed, but Obscura has been in the past because I had it close under a grow light. I gave them a bottom shelf, but perhaps should move them up to see them look as pretty as Tika Land’s.
Can't help you there, but keep in mind that to get such coloration for most plants will typically require pretty strong light levels. If that is the case here, and I would expect it is, be prepared for the fact that they may just be plain-jane green for you if you can't give it enough light.
My sunrise is very easy going. Sits in an east facing window and sun stressed nicely.
Even grew a punduncle
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Thank you for sharing everyone. I'll keep an eye out for a sunrise then :) Did you happen to have your sunrise shipped to you? I had a problem the lacunosa I ordered and the leaves turning yellow, I'm assuming due to shipment stress. Since sunrise is a lacunosa hybrid, I'm worried it won't ship well.
Tika and Stacy your sunrises are beautiful.
denise_678, Thank you. I have had them both shipped to me. I have had over 150 different Hoya shipped to me. I read reviews on the seller, and mostly use Etsy. Always choose a seller who says to let them know if plant arrives in a bad condition and they will work with you. When they arrive, I keep them out of bright light for a day or two, I keep them in regular house humidity, I never water them right away, and I ease them into light, humidity, and watering. Some have come too wet and I either put paper towels under to wick the water, or just make sure a fan is on to give air circulation. I also don’t buy from that seller again. I have had them shipped all winter even, with heat packs, and a couple insulated well with no heat pack. I think the heat pack can do more harm if it’s too close to the plant without a buffer. They arrive much better in the warmer months without a heat pack or cold to deal with. I have had only five come in bad condition. Three got totally refunded minus shipping. I have even gotten unrooted cuttings and most arrived perfect. A couple looked thirsty and I soaked wjole cutting in water for a few hours. I put just moist perlite and cutting into a large ziplock bag, keep them a little farther from a grow light in a warm room and have had great success.
I also had my sunrise shipped to me. I actually got it in a purge on Facebook. I have recently been ordering from Unsolicited Plant Talks. They guarantee their plants and their hoyas are very healthy. Here is the link below. They do carry sunrise. I would highly recommend them.
I've grown obscura for nearly 15 years - it can take on red tones - for me, it's generally in winter and when it's getting stronger sun in my GH. Where I grow it now, it's just green. I also grow a small Sunrise and it does sun stress easier, but it's not as good a grower for me. But since it is a cross between obscura and lacunosa, I'd guess it's the lacunosa in it that makes it a bit difficult for me as lacunosa has never been my forte. For me, it's finicky... goes along growing nicely, then just goes to hell!
Denise in Omaha
Denise: Thanks, that makes me feel better about having trouble with my lacunosa. It seems to be growing fine, for now, lol. Only 1 cutting survived after I received it (most of the leaves quickly turned yellow after being shipped). Maybe the obscura would be easier for me.
Tika: Thank you for the recommendation. I will check them out. I don't always have the best luck buying plants online. I'm definitely open to recommendations of a good place to buy from.