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Christmas miracle?

Since when do plant cuttings flower?!

I grabbed some cuttings of a wandering jew from a restaurant near my workplace a few weeks ago. I saw it while walking back from a holiday market with a colleague. I went back the next day with my trusty shears and just asked if I could take some cuttings (I may have said “a cutting”). I don’t think the hostess knew what to say; she’d probably never been faced with such a question. I took about 10 cuttings. The plant was pretty scraggly, actually; I did them a favour by cleaning it up a bit.

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I like this purple variegated variety

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I expect cuttings to put all their energy into making roots to secure and feed themselves, but to flower?! A definite surprise.

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A tiny blue flower forming on the right

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I’ll have to read up on care.

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A-hoya!

I have my first hoya!

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One of my Facebook gardening groups identified this as a hoya. A Google image search helped me narrow it down to a Hoya Carnosa.

I got the cuttings from a beautiful, climbing mother plant at the place where I get acupuncture. I was so attracted to the striking dark green waxy leaves with their interesting white markings that I inquired about taking a cutting.

I’ve had it in water for about 5 days. I’m not sure how long it will take to make roots. I was initially worried that it was hibernating, but this post from a Master Gardener says that they don’t hibernate in winter; great news! I just need to be patient…

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The post says the carnosa is the most commonly cultivated species but this is the first time I’ve ever seen this type.

Score!

 

 

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