Plant Parenting: Pruning & Training a Hoya

August 2, 2019

My groovy bush hoya (Hoya cumingiana) has gotten a tad leggy, so off with its head! This species isn't terribly common in the trade, but I love it's tough tiny leaves. Plants produce yellow/green flowers.

My leggy Hoya cumingiana
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I decided to cut back all the main stems to relieve apical dominance and encourage more lateral branching. Translated, that means I'm going to make my bush Hoya more bushy! When you cut off the tip of a stem or branch, plant hormones send signals that spur new bud shoot growth at the nodes below.

Taking hoya tip cutting
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A Hoya bud shoot
PC: Leslie F. Halleck

A hoya lateral bud shoot elongating. You can see this stem apparently broke off at some point, leaving a callused stub. Afterwards, a new lateral bud shoot emerged.
PC: Leslie F. Halleck

The tip cuttings are now water rooting and I also decided to train up the stems on a vertical support to better control this little beastie. 🌱 Plus, it looks cool!

Multiple Hoya lateral bud shoots.
PC: Leslie F. Halleck

My trained up Hoya cumingiana.
PC: Leslie F. Halleck

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