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AlohaHoya
Jun 24, 2010 12:35 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
i have a committment to root this long stiff cutting of H. mitrata and it is important to me that it be done soon. The cutting I was hoping would root the traditional way didn't make it. H. mitrata can be stuborn (for me) and I have killed my share of it. So...since the vine had teeny little nubs along it...I took advange of this being able to root anywhere along the vines, not just at the nodes.

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AlohaHoya
Jun 24, 2010 12:37 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
So, knowing I could bend the cutting in a 4" pot, I filled it with Hydroton half way up, and curled the vine inside the pot. I could have cut the cutting in two...but I wanted the entire piece to choose where it wanted the to root.

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AlohaHoya
Jun 24, 2010 12:39 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I then covered the rest of the cutting with Hydroton and put a rock on the top where the cutting want to "spring' out....

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AlohaHoya
Jun 24, 2010 12:49 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I put the pot into a deepish dish of water, and keep about 1" level of water in the dish. As water seeks its own level...it will be 1" deep in the pot as well, and wick moisture up to the top...encouraging root production to seek the water, I do let the level of the water go down now and then, to tease the roots into looking for the water!!!! I also mist it from time to time...about once a week, with a mix of Humic Acid and water to stimulate root growth.

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Dee2
Jun 24, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
If I may ask what is Hydric Acid?

Thanks,

Dee
AlohaHoya
Jun 24, 2010 4:08 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Oh Dee...just came back from the Greenhouse...it is HUMIC Acid...I will edit that. I got it at a hydroponics supply house.
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ImageCeeDub
Jun 25, 2010 8:58 AM CST
Name: Christine Wootton
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Ingenious method Carol, I like it. Once it has rooted enough though, how to you go about potting it? Do you cut the vine up since it has rooted in so many places?

Thanks.
Christine
AlohaHoya
Jun 25, 2010 9:42 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Most times it puts up new growth or makes nubbies where new growth will come, and I cut it up then. sometimes I just leave it like that in a pot and on it growth with a number of growth points...
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Imagethreegardeners
Jun 25, 2010 10:08 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
I've done that with long vines, except I use potting soil and bobby pins Big Grin

(Mom is always wondering where all her bobby pins go)
AlohaHoya
Jun 25, 2010 10:09 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Just thinking about the difference between bobby pins and rocks...and the rocks might keep a bit more moisture in?
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Imagethreegardeners
Jun 25, 2010 10:14 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
Yes, the rocks are much better...bobby pins just hold the vine under the soil line, crazy vines are like springs!
AlohaHoya
May 5, 2011 7:05 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Noticed this in the gh yesterday, I am potting this H. magnifica UP a size...and see that one of the vines has also rooted on the pot. This is a great way to get roots to form....and in fact you can move it off to another pot to root it.

The hoyas that I grow in pots, I like them to have multiple rooted points and not have to depend on the ONE root system with the original cutting I rooted. With various points rooted along the vine, the plant seems to get more vigour...and the main 'truck' doesn't get as old and woody as quickly....and is less likely to rot.Thumb of 2011-05-06/AlohaHoya/e7d217
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plumania
Oct 9, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Can I use Lava rock instead? They are easily available.
They may be too large and irregular in size but they do not need to be washed as much as Hydroton,and they hold water and I see roots of many plants cling to their uneven surface, in my garden.I can crush the rocks to desired size .
Thanks.
AlohaHoya
Oct 9, 2011 11:11 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Black lava rock is best... red rock contains LOTS of iron (red). The lava rock does not 'wick' the water as Hydroton does. I just leave the Hydroton in a bucket of water after a couple of rinses...then when I go to use it I rinse it once more....works great.
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plumania
Oct 9, 2011 12:53 PM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Thanks Carol. I do not see black lava rocks at the big box stores I frequent for supplies. They seem to have only red one.Will try to get Hydroton.
lakesidecallas
Oct 19, 2011 8:39 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
That's a great idea. I'm going to try that with a piece of vanilla vine that fell off. I always have a hard time telling which direction it's supposed to be planted in.
Susan727
May 3, 2012 10:53 AM CST
So I don't have to expose a node if I have the teeny nubs along the vine?

AlohaHoya
May 4, 2012 6:57 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
...."expose a node"?....
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Imagethreegardeners
May 8, 2012 5:37 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
I think she means pull the leaves off a node...I used to waaaaay back before I learned the nubs on the vine would make roots.
AlohaHoya
May 8, 2012 6:52 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
There's really no need to cut the leaves off a node you want to 'bury'...unless one leaf is growing in such a way that the cutting won't stay put. Be careful not to cut really close to the vine...or you may cut off the whatsits the root comes out of.
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