How to Propagate a Hoya Plant
The hoya plant, also called wax plant, is a vine native to Australia and Eastern Asia. It cannot tolerate cold temperatures and is grown as a houseplant in all but the warmest climates. In summer, the hoya plant develops globe-like clusters of pinkish-white blooms. It does best with at least four hours of sunlight each day and daytime temperatures that do not dip below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Propagate hoya plants from stem cuttings during any season.
- Moderately Easy
things you’ll need:
- 6- to 8-inch growing container
- Construction-grade sand
- Peat moss
- Pruning shears
- Rooting hormone
- Small stakes
- Clear plastic bag
- Rubber band
- Decorative growing container
- Houseplant potting mixture
- Fill a 6- to 8-inch growing container 3/4 full with equal parts construction-grade sand and peat moss.
- Clip off a healthy, 3- to 4-inch piece of the stem. Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting.
- Dip the wounded end of the cutting into rooting hormone and shake gently to remove the excess.
- Place the bottom 2 inches of the cutting into the rooting mixture. Pat it down with your fingers and add enough water to moisten lightly.
- Place three or four small stakes around the cuttings. Stretch a clear plastic bag over the growing container, making sure that it rests on the stakes and not the cuttings. Wrap a rubber band around the base of the container to hold the bag in place.
- Check the rooting mixture every few days and add water only if it feels completely dry. Pull up one of the cuttings after three weeks and examine the new roots. If they are at least 1 inch long, the cutting is ready to transplant. If not, return it to the rooting mixture and check again in two weeks.
- Fill a decorative growing container 3/4 full with houseplant potting mixture. Plant the cutting at the same depth it was growing before and water well.
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