I finally got myself a shingling Aroid to add to my growing collection. Rhaphidophora Hayi! I won an auction on Ebay and recieved enough to allow me to try a few different ways of propagating and growing it. So that is exciting.
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This glossy shingler is very popular and on trend at the moment. It is actually an Aussie native! This was an exciting fact to discover for this Aussie collector.
It is found in northern Queensland and also in New Guinea. So, we can’t claim it entirely, but I think we can feel proud of this one! I was especially suprised because this plant is often described as being from asian countries, but it’s not.
Here in Australia, it grows in lush, very wet lowland rain forest. This gives a good indication of the type of environment we need to provide this plant for it to grow. Predominately it needs warmth, moisture and humidity.
Hayi shingles it’s way up anything it can climb. Its leaves grow to 5 inches long, while like mine, most people start with leaves as small as a few cm.
This is a truly fantastic plant that is tough and grows well. Its a good first time shingler and just like discovering any other new way of growing our plants, one is never enough. Ive actually just bought a Monstera Dubia while writting this. Oops, my bad. Lol. 🤫
Origin: 🇦🇺 North East Queensland, Australia and New Guinea.
And an image with PNG included, we can’t claim all of it.
Terrestrial or Epiphytic: Epiphytic, once it reaches something to climb.
Size: Hayi has a stem that grows close to it’s supporting tree or support. It does not exceed a diameter of 2 cm. The leaf blades grow up to 20cm and with a small peteole up to 2.5cm long.
Light: Bright indirect light.
Water: Allow top inch of soil to dry between watering. Misting every few days is also a must if the plant is being grown on a moss board.
Temperature: 12-26c is ideal.
Humidity: Loves Humidity. 70% and above is best. This plant is evolved to live in a warm and humid climate. I have seen posts on social media where Hayi has not grown or propagated due to lack of humidity. Growing in a dome, greenhouse or fish tank are all good options for keeping Hayi in non tropical climates.
Soil: Grows well in a lighter, airy soil. An Aroid Mix is best. Heavier soils will hold water and make the plant prone to root rot.
Many people also grow R. Hayi in just Sphagnum Moss. Moss can also be attached to the length of a board, allowing the plant to attach and shingle along the moss board. This also eliminates the need for a pot of medium and allows the plant to be hung. A good option if you lack space.
You can see in the pic below, Shingling plants on Moss Boards. These belong to Jimmy from Legends Of Monstera. He hangs his on the side of his fridge. The link on his name takes you to a video on how he cares for his shingles, including Hayi. It’s well worth watching.
Fertiliser: Weakly, Weekly! Small amounts on a weekly basis. I use a combo of slow release fertiliser and a plant food/seaweed liquid feed at quarter strength on a weekly basis. Back off in colder months when the plant is not growing.
Propagation: Stem cuttings are the general form of propagation. The most common way to propagate a cutting is to place it in a container of damp moss with the cutting laying across the top. Covering some of the nodes can encorage growth as well. To keep the cutting happy, keep the container shut, in a warm spot with good light and mist every few days.
Once the cutting sends new shoots out, is when it is time to plant the cutting and train the new shoots onto a support structure.
There are different ways to propagate R. Hayi. Below, I have it in a pot of Coconut Coir with about an inch of cutting burried and the rest taped to a bark covered log. Thus far, it is doing well with a new shoot already growing after just 2 weeks.
It is essential that the tape is firmly holding the leaves and stem directly onto the bark and that it is kept moist while the roots attach. Humidity is also key to growth and encouraging the plant to attach and shingle. My cuttings are all growing in my greenhouse where humidity rarely drops below 65%.
Flower: Small apricot coloured flowers.
Extra Info: Freshly cut stems emit an odour resembling that of fish….apparently!
Thanks for reading and happy growing. Xx
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