Hoya curtisii

Friends (especially gardening friends) who’ve known me for a long time, will know that ever since I started growing plants, I’ve adamantly stuck to growing only herbs or vegetables, or carnivorous plants. I love the scent of herbs; I love the idea that I can eat my own vegetables; and I love carnivorous plants for their (supposed?) ability to trap insects and rid my garden of them.

Well, that was, until recently.

With the knowledge that I’ll be getting my own flat looming in the coming few years, and with the knowledge that I probably might not be able to get as good sunlight there as I do at my parents’ home now, I’ve started looking at some other plants which might be able to take bright shade, and yet still provide enough growing pleasure for me.

NOID hoya

I’ve longed liked the hoya species for their sometimes-strange-sometimes-beautiful flowers. And because this species flower best in bright shade, I finally started growing them, both for beautifying my gardening space, and to learn in greater depth what conditions they thrive in.

I was at first worried that I’ll botch a lot of the cuttings friends gave me, since herbs, in my experience, can be finnicky in putting out roots. Despite reassurances that hoyas root easily, I was still worried. Although, I should have been more worried with my watering regime than rooting them.

After a few months of growing them both as potted plants I’ve bought, and from cuttings friends had kindly given to me, I’ve more or less found a balance that they seem to like: watering twice weekly, giving them bright shade with the occasional direct sunlight, and daily misting.

Hoya pubicalyx

Too much watering, however well-draining a media I’d placed them in, had rotted a few cuttings which had not put roots out. Thankfully, I’d had spares, and those have now rooted happily.

I’m not sure when the cuttings will grow established enough to put out flowers, but I sure look forward to the day that they do.

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