Have you seen the small, single, heart-shaped hoya leaves in a pot for sale? Many buy those because of their heart shape. When it stays the same they wonder, “Why is my hoya not growing?”
Trade Show Hoyas
I recently attended a horticulture trade show in Columbus.
I love the plant booths that had plant cuttings instead of full-grown plants. It is amazing that all those tiny plants are living without being in soil.
They arrive at the growers in cutting form, they plant them, and when rooted, they ship them to garden centers.
I recently wrote about growing my hoya from a cutting to the flowering stage.
A single hoya leaf
In the last few years, the industry offers the sweetheart hoya (Hoya kerrii) as a single leaf in a small pot. Most often seen near Valentine’s Day, they are adorable.
Many people gravitate to the heart shape and buy them for their significant other.
Though it is cute, many people are disappointed because it never becomes the vine it is meant to be. Why is my hoya not growing?
Simple answer to why your hoya isn’t growing
Hoya plants will put out roots from a single leaf as you can see in the picture below.
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. It will continue to grow and become a vining plant.
It is your choice
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. Now you know why your hoya plant isn’t growing.
Have you propagated a hoya? Did it vine? Let me know in the comments.
Have a great week!
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