Hoya talk forum: Rogue leaf.....

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AlohaHoya
Nov 18, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Found this leaf in a pot.... Thumb of 2013-11-18/AlohaHoya/3975f8

When I pulled it out...this is what I found..... Heck...I don't even know what the leaf is....but I do know it's a hoya. Never have seen this beforeThumb of 2013-11-18/AlohaHoya/faa2f3
Leap. The net will appear.
plumania
Nov 18, 2013 12:44 PM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Very cool, whatever it is!
Imagemjsponies
Nov 18, 2013 5:06 PM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
Looks to me like it was trying to root from the leaf. Lots of plants will do that. Begonias for example root from leaf sections easily.
I however have not had a hoya really vine well and actually grow from a leaf rooting. A wound in the leaf, such as seen in the bottom part of the photo will often root. It's a defensive mechanism.
AlohaHoya
Nov 18, 2013 9:08 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Thanks, mj...definitely going to keep my eye on it and see what happens.
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageGreenToe
Jan 10, 2014 10:58 PM CST
Name: Eugene
zone 7b New York City
Very cool!

When a leaf fell off one of my plants, I planted it into the same pot, but then I threw the leaf away when I read that even though hoya leaves can root from the petiole, vibrant plants almost never result. I'd still love to see what becomes of your weird rooted leaf.
AlohaHoya
Jan 11, 2014 12:59 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
When I first started collecting I tried rooting leaves....many grew roots but NO growth. The root growth was always from the stem. I had never seen one start on the margin....
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ImageGreenGirl58
Feb 22, 2014 6:46 AM CST
Name: Denise Evans
Omaha, Nebraska
That IS an oddity, Carol! I've never seen one root on an edge, either. I've rooted many leaves over the years - I was told if you get even just a bit of the meristem, it will grow, but that rarely happens when a leaf gets knocked off. I still root them back in to the original pot figuring if nothing else, they serve as a bit of "ground cover".

Denise

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