NEW TO ME!!! EPC 254 - this is a blooming crazed fool hoya - travels easily but is a bit cumbersome to root and takes a bit of patience - seems to be a heavy feeder since leaves turn pale often - grows like a stalk and blooms at each node for quite some time - the blooms resemble orange baby chicks with fuzzy faces - a very early bloomer and you will have to wait for the blooms to cease for growth to restart
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Cuttings can be a quick and inexpensive way to expand your collection. I offer
cuttings of at least 2 nodes and many more when my Mother Plants allow.
1. Fill a tiny pot (no larger than 3 inches) with a loose light mix or soil.
2. Trim the stem one approximately inch below the bottom node.
3. Tuck the freshly cut end into your soil.
4. Keep soil/mix wet until roots appear. When you tug on the cutting and it
seems stable...roots are evident.
5. Reduce watering and continue to mist but only water when the soil is nearly
Grow the rooted cutting in a tiny pot until its roots have filled it or is
unmanageable due to being top heavy. Over-potting is the quickest way to cause
your hoya to rot.
Have fun and remember that hoyas thrive on neglect.
Unpack the plant carefully...there might just be a peduncle on it!
Remove as much of the shredded packing from the mix as possible...some left
behind will go away.
Be sure to unclip any vine that is facing downward.
If you don’t, the vine may die back to a node that is not forced down.
Water and mist the plant well since it has been a few days since it has seen any
It’s best to let it in the clear pot for a week so it may become acclimated to
it’s new surroundings.
After that you may repot but in the same size pot...DO NOT OVER POT!
Over-potting can cause...root rot...stunted growth... no blooms.
Most hoyas prefer to be root bound in order to thrive and reward you with the
Fill a shallow tray or container with warm water and a few drops of Superthrive,
Eleanor's VF-11 or MSU. (these aid in plant energy)
Gently float the cuttings in the water and soak for a few hours to overnight,
depending on the dehydration level.
When the cuttings have had the chance to plump up and regain moisture, they are
ready for the rooting process.
If you are not able to immediately pot the cuttings up for rooting, keep them in
the tray and provide humidity thru misting or showering them twice a day.
While on a trip I once collected hoya cuttings and kept them in my hotel shower
for the duration of the 10 day trip.
I then put them into my carry on bag and rooted them when I returned home.