The fully grown Hoya Carnosa I’d been given by a Malaysian lady (her husband didn’t like the scent of the flowers) was in bloom and the smell one evening triggered a memory. Fragrances are powerful at bringing back old memories, aren’t they? The memory was, up to that moment, of an unknown house plant I’d seen 8 years previously when I’d stayed in a lodge in Northamptonshire. That night I’d been overpowered by the smell of a spindly, old-looking vine which was growing in a very small pot. It looked past its best days in terms of foliage but the white flowers, O the white flowers … They were dripping nectar by the litre and produced this sweet scent that could be felt all the way from the reception. This vine was on the landing between the ground and first floors of the inn. However, although I’d asked the staff, no one knew what it was, only saying that some lady on holiday, a member of staff, owned the plant.
Now I knew what that plant was.
I even looked up the the cottage to ring again and ask if that lady and the plant were still there. Alas, the place longer existed! 🙄
Now, that memory behind me, that mystery solved, I NEEDED more Hoyas. I soon found myself on the internet reading about Hoyas, and if you’re an addict –owns more than one– You know where this is going.
Cutting a long story short, a week later I had more young Hoyas arriving in the mail, including my first unrooted one, a one-leaf cutting of hoya sp Flores Island from a seller from Poland who was offering more than 50 varieties of hoyas. This one had beautiful veined leaves which remind me of very green and hilly terrain as viewed from a helicopter. After looking up this Hoya, I saw the flowers were also very attractive. Anyway, twig in hand and head in a mess, I begun asking myself: Can I root this thing like I’ve rooted roses?
After further reading on rooting hoyas, I decided to root the cutting in a lose mix of moist moss and sand (don’t laugh, it was my first!)…in the same way I’d rooted roses but this time placing the cokebottle-covered pot by my sunniest window –and hoping for the best.
“Were you worried?”, you’re asking. Of course I was…the cutting I’d bought left no margin for error. Please don’t set yourself to fail by buying an one-leaf cutting as your first.
I didn’t fail actually, I was pleasantly surprised 2 weeks later, upon lifting the pot for inspection, to see that many roots had already formed around the clump of moss and sand! Even more delightful was to witness a new cane emerge at the soil level weeks later!! I was now a pro 😎
Hoya Sp Flores Island is a great looking Hoya. It doesn’t bloom fast but it is the very Hoya I would pick if I was to illustrate a book and a picture of a bushy Hoya was needed. And, as mentioned above, when I fly by helicopter over Wales or Scotland, it’s of this first baby, a fruit of my loins, that I’m reminded so much about…