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topsy-turvy

Posted by greentoe357 7b NYC under lights (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 1, 14 at 4:25

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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RE: topsy-turvy

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.


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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


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> 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?


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