is often seen advertised as the "sweet-heart plant" or "Valentine Hoya"
because of its distinctive heart-shaped leaves.|
It is unfortunate that this
plant is often sold as a single rooted leaf, rather than from stem
cuttings. Some sources suggest that unless there is some stem present
leaf cuttings (of any Hoya species) will not develop into plants or, if
they do, they will not grow strongly. The plant pictured (showing the
underside of the leaf) appears to contradict this view, as a shoot can
be seen that is now growing steadily. However, leaf cuttings are not
recommended. It took nearly 18 months for the shoot to form and a
further six months before it started to grow with any vigour. A 'proper'
stem cutting would be expected to grow as soon as it has rooted,
avoiding the two-year wait during which time many inexperienced growers
would have lost patience or the plant may have succumbed.
Photograph by : John Ellis
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