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Hoya - Forcing Rootboundedness

Updated on May 28, 2020

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.

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.

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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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      15 months ago from Minnesota

      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.)

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      Louise Powles 

      15 months ago from Norfolk, England

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

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