Hoya talk forum: Rooting cuttings of H. linearis

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Patrick51
Feb 16, 2012 10:51 PM CST
I'd love to hear if anyone has had any success in rooting H. linearis, and if so, how did you do it? I have two EA H. linearis....they've grown so much that they're now on the floor and rapidly inching along. I have to keep them draped over a table, as my dogs enjoy biting the vines. I'd like to shorten the length of them, and would like to root the cuttings, as one of my EA baskets is getting skimpy, while the other one is lush...they hang next to each other, with a grow light between them. I keep them at 58 degrees during the winter..and they usually send out many new vines each winter. This winter they've only sent out a total of 7 new vines between the two baskets. Thanks for any suggestions! Fondly, Patrick
AlohaHoya
Feb 16, 2012 11:21 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Being a coward...I like to take the easy route: As the plant hangs over a chair...why not arrange some pots along a table: with a loose medium in the pots, lay the vines on the medium and weight them down with a rock. Keep damp.... you will probably gets roots along the part in the pots quickly and you can cut the vines, add more medium to the pot and....VOILA!!!! Big Grin
Leap. The net will appear.
Dee2
Feb 17, 2012 1:59 PM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
Hey Patrick, I just stuck the cuttings that I received in a small pot of my mix and put it under the grow light in my bathroom which is the coldest room in my house (usually can get down in the low 60's sometimes a little lower depending on how cold it gets at night. The haven't put out but a new shoot or 2 this winter. I didn't find them difficult to root once I moved them out of the bright humid kitchen window.

Dee
Imagemjsponies
Feb 17, 2012 4:37 PM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
I layered mine right back into the pot. Just took a long shoot, laid it back across the pot, took an Orchid clip and pressed it down in the soil and basically forgot about it. This was last fall, and I now have a nice little 3 in pot which I have again taken a piece and layered in back into the pot to help fill it out. At some point I'm going to actually take a cutting...but not till I have lots to spare Rolling on the floor laughing
Dee2
Feb 17, 2012 4:38 PM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
Hmm, maybe that is what I need to do to fill in a couple gaps.
ImageCeeDub
Feb 17, 2012 11:29 PM CST
Name: Christine Wootton
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
My method of rooting linearis is to plant the cuttings in a pot with my usual potting mix, water it and then water it again in a week, and repeat weekly. I prepare each cutting by having one node under the top level of the mix with the leaves removed and at least a half inch of stem below that. I keep the pot out of direct sun, but in a bright spot. I've been afraid of babying the cuttings or over-watering as,for me, the plant likes to grow dry but likes the odd misting.

Voila, in a few weeks it starts to grow, and very strong.

Christine
Imagepropmaker
Feb 18, 2012 12:47 PM CST
Name: Dominic Murray
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

I've always found this Hoya very easy to root.........Layering back into a pot is a good way to bulk out a plant..........otherwise, just into a rooting mix, 3 or 4 nodes rand they should root easily. The tips of a vine are a bit tricky....but from one vine, you can just keep cutting lengths, and they all root normally...........fraid it's all downhill after that for me, I'm afraid...Had no luck with this Hoya after rooting it and wont try it again
ImageJulieK
Feb 18, 2012 3:15 PM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
UK
I tend to restart mine every couple of years because it drags on the ground and grows into other plants! I just snip bits off and plant them in open compost. Doesn't matter how long the cuttings are, they root ok. I don't overwater mine - it's kept no more than damp.
Patrick51
Feb 18, 2012 7:50 PM CST
Thanks a million for all of the suggestions. I have had zero success so far in rooting H. linearis...but, so far I've only started with vines that were severely dehydrated. I placed 3 foot-long cuttings in my "cloning" machine this past Monday, so far they look viable...but, they tend to look good for awhile before croaking. I've learned the hard way that most cuttings don't like it wet...barely damp seems to work best. I'll give several of the suggestions a try...and perhaps report later of my success/failure. Again, thanks always for all of your help. Dom...you've just got to give this one ANOTHER attempt...just keep it as cool as possible...mine spend the winters at 58 F...the summer can reach the 90's..and they sulk for several months, but perk up once Autumn arrives...such an awesome hoya!! I believe mine need more light, as they've never bloomed. I am having good success with similar hoyas, H. acicularis and H. retusa...very fussy at first, but they seem to be getting stronger everyday...but, a LONG way from the size of the H. linearis. Julie, thanks for the remark that the length doesn't matter, as I'd like to take cuttings of around one foot. Again, thanks!! Fondly, Patrick
AlohaHoya
Feb 18, 2012 11:21 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Green with envy over here...how I would LOVE to grow H. linearis!!!! Thumbs up
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageJulieK
Feb 19, 2012 3:16 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
UK
Ah, but Carol, think of the amazing hoyas you grow that we have no chance of bring to bloom and enjoying. Thats why sharing info and photos means we can enjoy everyone's success Hurray!

Definitely need a scratch-and-sniff facility tho to get the full benefit Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagepropmaker
Feb 19, 2012 6:19 AM CST
Name: Dominic Murray
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

I got a plant originally about 6 years ago from a garden centre in the UK.......it was in one of those very wet, compact mediums that nurseries seem to have such great success with, but we dont. Packed it in my James Bond Anniversary Tin Box, and it came out here with me in my suuitcase I took a lot of cuttings. The compost did dry out quite quickly in this heat, and it was difficult to re wet, and the plant died..the cuttings however, seemed to be very successful......for a year. Plants would grow, then die from the base...restart them.I have several plants with plenty of rooted cuttings in each...........and each year they would grow, flower, then die at the base again. ach year there would be a few less pots of it.....I tried it in everything.....heavy mediums, light mediums...same story each year . I have just lost my last bit.and I've just decided not to bother agin.
If I see another healthy plant in the UK, possibly I will bring it over, leave it in whatever it's growing in, and take more care to keep it damp....but I wont bother ordering a cutting
ImageJulieK
Feb 19, 2012 8:48 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
UK
You've mentioned before Dom, that you are in a windy spot. Maybe you can't keep the cool humidity needed now that you live in your tropical paradise.. warm dry wind would be the death knell of linearis I think....
Imagepropmaker
Feb 19, 2012 11:10 AM CST
Name: Dominic Murray
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

I keep most of them in a shade house, Julie, protected from the wind and sun.........not sure it's that...I drench it all down at least once a day...humidity on yhis island is quite high..leave a metal tool outside for 1 night and it's rusty.......
Imagemitzi
Feb 23, 2012 11:18 AM CST
Name: Mitzi Costa
Sao Paulo/Brazil
Carol,

Just curious why you cant grow hoya lineares there?

I live in Brazil, very hot place and I grow lineares, mine came from Paul Shirley, and it is growing slowly, but it is growing.......


Mitzi I tip my hat to you.

AlohaHoya
Feb 23, 2012 11:45 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
GREAT that yours grows so well. Generally speaking, if I have a plant that grows, but doesn't 'flourish' I don't consider it happy.... You are so lucky!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagemitzi
Feb 24, 2012 3:03 AM CST
Name: Mitzi Costa
Sao Paulo/Brazil
Well Carol, the plant is growing slowly, let's see if it will flourish one day, but I like the foliage very much, so the flowers wouldn't be so important to me. I know this hoya likes cold weather but it seems to be happy at tropical weather! Thumbs up
Patrick51
Feb 24, 2012 6:07 PM CST
Congratulations, Mitzi...you're doing a remarkable job with H. linearis...mine sulk badly during the hot summers, and perk up greatly in the winter. I still haven't gotten enough courage to take cuttings...so frightened that the cuttings will croak. I do have 3 in my cloning machine...they look okay, but certainly not great. I've found with rooting hoyas, some types don't perk up until they've struck roots...H. bicknellii comes immediately to mind....it remained totally dehyrated and wrinkled until it had sprouted roots...now it's growing vigorously. A lesson, never give up as long as the plant looks viable! Fondly, Patrick
AlohaHoya
Feb 24, 2012 8:06 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Patrick...'nothing ventured nothing gained'. You have a 50-50 chance...now is a goodtime while it's cool...while the daylight increases.....goferit! Big Grin
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagemjsponies
Feb 25, 2012 2:24 AM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
Patrick....what's your "cloning machine " ?

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