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This is a discussion on Finally! within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I got a cutting from a Hoya carnosa (we think?) that apparently is very old ...

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    I got a cutting from a Hoya carnosa (we think?) that apparently is very old (owner has had it 30 years per her report to me). I was told that it will take a significant time in dormancy to root, then would grow for a year or two, and finally would begin blooming on its own. So, I stuck it out, and it has several clumps of blooms this year that are just opening. It was definitely worth the wait. Here is the photo of one clump. It has a very peculiar smell, which I'm sure any of you who grow hoyas will know what I'm talking about.
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    Hi Matt,

    I have a couple of Hoyas.

    One was a cutting off my mother's plants (which, in turn, was a cutting off my grandmother's--her mother-in-law's--plant) which I've had since I was about 10. A veritable heirloom plant! It has dark green leaves with small pale flecks on them. Your plant is similar, but the leaves look a bit broader and more ovate than mine. I almost lost it this winter when our furnace failed--almost all of the plant was killed. It had one stem that survived and it's putting up a couple more now. The upshot is it probably won't bloom for awhile. The blooms have a really strong, but sweet, smell at night.
    The other was given to me by a friend about 10 years ago. It's variegated yellow & green. Its blooms are also strongly scented, but not nearly so pleasant a smell. It is sweet, but there's another smell, sort of mixed in. It's vaguely like the smell of dust! Anyway, it sort of defeats my attempt at description. I'm wondreing if your plant is similar smelling?

    If I ever get a digital camera, I'll post some pictures of some of these things!



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    Very Pretty , it is a carnosa , I have one just like it . Gin

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    Neat-looking flowers on that--have never grown one.

    Re: the peculiar smell--anything similar, or is it all its own?

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