topsy-turvy

greentoe357June 1, 2014

I noticed something cool today. I am rooting this Hoya polyneura. The support stake was not tall enough, and the top of the stem happened to bend, backward, with the leaf undersides facing almost perfectly up. I did not think anything urgent of it, so I just let it be (lazy, I know). So, a new pair of leaves comes out, and they face the light!!! And there is no hint of a twist in the stem or in the petioles of any kind at all! Aren't these things amazing - orienting the new coming out leaves with their photosynthesizing surfaces to where the light is, right from the get-go!

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greentoe357

Now here's an idea: flip the vine every time a new pair of leaves is about to come out. THAT should look very cool when the vine is long enough.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 4:27AM
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denise_gw(5)

GT, it's one of the things I fnd a little annoying about polyneura. Most plants will re-orient their leaves with the sun. The leaves are lovely, but taking cuttings usually results in twisty-turny leaves that look a little bizarre! I have to admit they are interesting!

Denise in Omaha

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 9:08PM
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greentoe357

> GT, it's one of the things I fnd a little annoying about polyneura. Most plants will re-orient their leaves with the sun.

Vive la différence! I find its growth habit adorable - it's as if it's trying to grow in-between the pages of a closed book, not aware that there is space above and below it can utilize.

> taking cuttings usually results in twisty-turny leaves that look a little bizarre!

I am probably missing something here, 'cause I can't imagine how this looks. Do you mean the cutting grows weird, of the mama plant grows weird where it was cut? Do you have any pics of this?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2014 at 4:00PM
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