a long, long branch

lalla62February 16, 2012

hi,my calycina stargazer has a very long brunch

so long , it is 1,5 m.

I read somewhere that these long branches should not be rolled up 'cause they die.

but as i fix it??

please advice..

thanks.

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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Not sure what you're trying to say Lalla, sorry, but 'rolled up'?

Pls. clarify what you mean or maybe use the word in Italian & I MAY understand (I speak Portuguese & French, so I understand some Italian).

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 3:36PM
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denise_gw

I think what you're probably talking about is that a vine will die back (or really just tip-die and stop growing) if you wind it around and end up with the tip pointing downward. As long at the growing tip is pointing up, you can wind the long vines around a hoop or back into the plant. Just be very gentle around the leaf nodes because when they are (what I call) leaf "nubbins" (the tiny bumps that eventually become leaves), the slightest disturbance will make them abort.

Denise in Omaha

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 3:56PM
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greedygh0st

Lalla, what I would do is this:

Wait until the portion of the vine that has leaves (even young leaves) is long enough to make a loop. I would leave the portion of vine that is bare (no leaves) free to grow as it chooses until it forms leaves.

If you loop a bare vine it won't necessarily die back, but I think the vines are more forgiving of having their direction changed once they are more mature, with foliage.

As Denise said, the growing tip DOES have to be facing up.

Sometimes you are careful and the vine dies back anyway, so just do your best!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 6:14PM
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lalla62

pirate, please exscuse me..
i am not a champ in english..

but i see that denise and greedy realized.

this long vine has little leafs and peducles for flowers ,it is growing so quikly!!!

i fear it will die.

grazia.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 6:10AM
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greedygh0st

If your vine is as mature as you described, don't worry! Go ahead and loop it. It will not die. :)

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 8:39AM
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lalla62

grazie greedy...

i will be careful to loop it!!

i wait until the vine will become so long to loop it without any problems.

thank you from my calycina.

grazia.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 10:22AM
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MagGnome(Minneapolis, MN)

The growing tips have to face up? No wonder mine stopped growing... :/

Good luck Lalla!

-Jacob

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 10:25AM
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greedygh0st

Jacob, if the growing tip is pinned pointing down the vine will die back, usually just back to the last node, but sometimes back several nodes. It's as though the plant decides it must have been growing wrong and starts over, like a knitter who realized they screwed up their pattern and unravels their work to the last point it was going right. It doesn't stop growing. Once it is ready, it will just start growing again, either from the node it died back to (just growing upward), or from a different vine.

It's really not a big deal. You just have to watch out because sometimes when you're having plants shipped to you, the grower will temporarily clip the vine facing downward on the loop, just to protect it in transit. It's your responsibility to make sure the growing tip is either facing up or hanging freely, once you get it settled. I hope it's clear that when we say the growing tip must face up, we mean in instances where you are forcing a plant to grow a certain way (like around a hoop). If they are growing down or sideways on their own that's clearly not your problem. ^_~

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 11:00AM
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lalla62

to be clear
here photos of my calycina:

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 3:54AM
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Laura_Carnosa

Wow! that IS long!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 2:05PM
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MagGnome(Minneapolis, MN)

Yes, that's crazy! :O

GreedyGhost - Mine is free-hanging, so it should be fine. Thanks for clearing that up.

-Jacob

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 5:55PM
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greedygh0st

Nice healthy plant! ^_^ If it were mine, I would simply lay/pin the vine horizontally across the top of the loop. I wouldn't loop it downward yet. I would let the excess vine hang loose until the leaves were pretty much mature and then I'd pin it around the loop.

Since you already have it on the stake, why not just leave it like that until the leaves are a little more mature? Then loop it.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 10:10AM
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lalla62

greedy i think i will do as you told me...

for the moment i let vine on the stake...

when i see it is mature enought, i will loop it.

i will let you know what happens.

thanks for now.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 2:19PM
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PerrenialGirl

lalla62 your calycina branch is sure long and reaching for something. What do the flowers look like?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 8:25PM
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Laura_Carnosa

Like an australis, with more pink, I think... Hi D!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 11:38PM
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lalla62

perrenial girl and laura carnosa here is my calycina's flower!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 11:19AM
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lightning96(4)

Beautiful flowers lalla62!

Fascinating discussion everybody... so that explains why my H. naumanii just died back a node. I'd just looped it around a hoop and the growing tip was facing down. How did I not realize this sooner????

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 4:33PM
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MagGnome(Minneapolis, MN)

Wow, those flowers are incredible! I hope that my hoya blooms someday.

-Jacob

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 10:17AM
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PerrenialGirl

Beautiful flowers lalla62!! Thanks for posting a picture!

    Bookmark   February 29, 2012 at 4:32PM
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lalla62

the vine of my calycina still grows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i haven't loop it yet....

i am waiting for it to be mature...

but when???

when can i consider it mature???
thanks.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 9:44AM
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