Newbie question

rennflSeptember 17, 2010

I have a question, of which the answer is probably very simple, and I'm just not figuring it out.

I've seen pictures of beautiful plants, with the vines neatly looped. How do you do that?

My plants put out a vine, and it's no problem going up the one side of the support, but when I go to pin it down the other side, the tip dies off. But if I wait until the vine is long enough to pin down, and have enough for it to go around and up again, the leaves have already started to come in and they are upside down.

What am I doing wrong?

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golden_ca_2000(BC Canada)

I wonder if when you are pinning it down - do you think maybe you might be pinning it too tightly? What are you pinning it down with?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2010 at 4:15PM
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Jan Sword

If the tip points downwards the new growth tips die off some time.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2010 at 4:19PM
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You've got the right idea. Just wait until it's long enough to loop with the growing tip facing upward. If you don't keep changing the plant's habitat, the leaves will eventually reorient themselves in response to the light source. Some plants have leaves that follow the sun throughout the day, which is a bit much to expect of a Hoya, but it will come around. Of course, to my eyes, some Hoyas just always look disorderly and unrepentant.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2010 at 4:32PM
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Thanks you all.

golden - I'm using butterfly clips to pin the vines.

jan - yes, that's what I'm trying to avoid.

gghost - i didn't realize the leaves would turn themselves around. I'll try it here.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2010 at 4:40PM
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