Viewing post #293030 by propmaker

After 13 years online, is scheduled to be shut down. Please make sure you have the contact information for all your friends, and that you download whatever content you want from this site.

You are viewing a single post made by propmaker in the thread called Hoya Resurection.
Jun 30, 2010 1:09 AM CST
Name: Dominic Murray
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

A lot of plants do the same. Take Lampranthus, for example. I planted some last year and was wondering how a plant could spread so rapidly, and healthily, when they only have a small root system, and on checking this year, all along the plants they has set out dozens of secondary root systems all along the stems to help feed itself and support its expanding size. Break off any part with roots, or the centre die, and you have instant self supporting plants.
The more you think about it, the more plants do it. At times Ive been lazy controlling a Hoya and it has scrambled along the ground. A year later when you move it, it has attached itself, quite strongly to rocks with strong roots, and the only way to remove the rocks is to cut off the newly formed roots. Carol, did you not post a pic a few years ago of H lauterbachii that you had had to take a chain saw too to cut back because the roots were taking up...or potentially could take up , roof tiles where it was rooting all along climbing stems?
Air layering is one way to propagate Hoyas, but more time consuming...but they are doing it naturally, given the chance.
It sure would make sense to pin stems back to the pot from time to time with hair grips or something, to encourage this kind of layering, wouldnt it? Its like the roots sticking to the inside of a clay pot. Doesent happen to a lot of plants, but the hoyas do seem to like to adhere to anything damp and porous. Its a shame clay hoops would be so impractical. Moss sticks theoretically look and sound good, but dry out in minutes after they have been wetted so dont really work.
A few years ago I was asking , on some forum, the difference between Ariel Roots and Ground Roots, and wether the Ariel Roots were potential Ground Roots. I was told this was not so, they were designed for a different purpose, mainly to help the plant climb....but Im not sure. Im convinced they not only help the plant climb, but also are vantage points to form potential root systems capable of feeding the plant as well if they reach points which allow them to get a foot hold in something delicious, which goes along with this thought.
Going back to H linearis. At every node that plant has 'Ariel Roots', and a very fragile 'Ground Root' system to start the plant. As a general rule, this Hoya roots very easily as a fresh cutting. Is this hoya designed as such that it can do so as it breaks, or reaches other spots to root as its 'Ground Root ' system is fragile, almost like a Spider Plant ...each node being a potential seperate plant?

« Return to the thread "Hoya Resurection"
« Return to Growing conditions forum
« Return to the Hooked on Hoya cubit homepage