I recently attended a horticultural trade show in Columbus. Many companies were there and I loved the plant booths that had cuttings instead of full-grown plants. It is amazing that all those tiny plants are living without being in soil. They are shipped to the growers in cutting form, planted up, and after they are rooted well, continue to garden centers where we can adopt them. I recently wrote about growing my hoya from a cutting to the flowering stage.

A single leaf

In the last few years, the industry has been offering the sweetheart hoya (Hoya kerrii) as a single leaf in a small pot, most often seen near Valentine’s Day, and it is adorable. Many people are drawn to the heart shape and buy them for their sweethearts. But though it is cute, many people are disappointed because it usually never becomes the vine it is meant to be.  I’ve been asked, “Why is my hoya not growing?”

Hoya kerrii

Hoya kerrii leaf

There is a simple answer.

Hoya plants will put out roots from a single leaf as you can see in the picture below.

heart shaped hoya leaves

Two Hoya kerrii leaves with roots.

The problem is, there isn’t a piece of stem attached to the leaf. It needs stem tissue attached or it most likely won’t vine. In the picture below, you will see a piece of the plant that has a stem attached and so will continue to grow and become a large vine.

Hoya kerrii cutting

This is a cutting that includes the stem

It is your choice.

So if you like that heart shape and don’t care about it becoming a vine (maybe you don’t have room, anyway) then go ahead and propagate a single leaf. If, on the other hand, you prefer a vining plant, make sure your cutting has a piece of stem attached when you propagate it.

Have you propagated a hoya? Did it vine? Let me know in the comments.

Have a great week!

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Heart leaf hoya

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