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Hoya - Forcing Rootboundedness

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Hoya

I have had my Hoya since 2003, at which time I got a cutting from a coworker. My mother had a Hoya plant that had many fronds, and was probably severely root bound.

It bloomed, and bloomed and bloomed. It would get little mauve, star shaped blossoms, and then would drop them. Daily. There were little stars on the floor to clean up, every day.

Maybe the plant was miserable and asking for help and it was being abused. I don't know. One can feel measure of guilt, if they must.

I plan to treat my Hoya the same way. So. I'm taking some cuttings, trying to root them and add them back into the same pot, to increase root bulk.

Wish me luck. I will keep you posted on my progress.

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hoya-forcing-rootboundedness

Rooting Cuttings

Fill jar with water

Fill jar with water

Get scissors

Get scissors

Clip off ends, obtaining a few pieces with a bare end, cutting above a leaf

Clip off ends, obtaining a few pieces with a bare end, cutting above a leaf

Cut as many ends as you can. I found five.

Cut as many ends as you can. I found five.

Cut end cleanly. Cut end into water.

Cut end cleanly. Cut end into water.

Group in one jar

Group in one jar

Place jar by a window

Place jar by a window

May 2

I cut my cuttings on May second. Now I wait for new roots to appear on my cuttings. I put the jar in a window near where I wash dishes daily, so I will be forced to check them often.

This may take weeks.

Once I have roots, I will repot my plant with new dirt, plus adding these five newly rooted shoots. Why? Because, Hoya plants bloom when they are root bound. Five additional root producing plants should force the issue.

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I will keep you posted.

It's May 10 and I See Roots Forming on the Cuttings

See the little nubs on the side of the cutting? Those will keep getting longer, until you will recognize them as roots!

See the little nubs on the side of the cutting? Those will keep getting longer, until you will recognize them as roots!

Use a fork to make a hole in the dirt, deep enough to cover new root

Use a fork to make a hole in the dirt, deep enough to cover new root

Insert rooted cutting. Smooth dirt around stem and tighten dirt by pressing around shoot.

Insert rooted cutting. Smooth dirt around stem and tighten dirt by pressing around shoot.

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hoya-forcing-rootboundedness

Bath Time

I sprayed the plant with water in the sink and then super saturated the soil.

Still no blossoms, but plant has thickened.

19 Years to First Blossom

I got the first cutting in 2003. It's 2022, and I finally have my first blossoms.

Happy Day!!

Ta Da! - We Have Blossoms Starting!!

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Progression of Blooming

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hoya-forcing-rootboundedness

Oh, and there is a light scent of, maybe chocolate.

Comments

Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on May 02, 2020:

Louise Powles, thank you for your comment. It's also known as wax plant or Jade wax plant. (I had to Google that. Google has some nice pictures of the flowers it produces.)

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 02, 2020:

I've never heard of this plant before, but I really like it.

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