Highly sought after Hoya caudata ‘Gold’, produces two sets of twins, while it prepares to bloom for the fifth time this winter season. This is a rare occurrence in my experience with this hoya or any other hoya in my collection. Although many hoya bloom on multiple peduncles at once, they tend to form at different nodes along the vines. Hoya caudata is following through at many nodes but also doubling up at these particularly fertile nodes. As I further examine the photos, the bloom spurs are actually growing from separate nodes but I will still consider them Twins!
These two hoyas appear to be different but are actually clones or subspecies of the same Hoya collina. With so many un-named species of hoyas being grown out at present time, sometimes when I think I actually am growing different species, I learn that I am actually growing the same. I am always opened to learning about what I am growing since I have collected from many sources around the world. As I grow out the various species and become familiar with their growing habits, their wants and needs I can better determine if maybe I have clones of the same hoyas. Usually the best way to determine this is to experience and examine the flowers but as you know, sometimes this may take years.
Making a point of comparing the plants that I am growing will be one of my many focuses in this new year. I would like to obtain new plants and cuttings from collectors inside the United States too. During the past few years, I have placed substantial orders from abroad but due to many shipments being held and compromised during transit, I am concluding local may be better. If you happen to have cuttings that you are willing to share with me I would like to hear from you! To learn what I may be wanting to obtain, a good place to begin would be my RETIRED pages on the website, SRQHoyas.com.
Hoya lacunosa is one of the most fragrant flowers in my collection and it comes in all sizes and colors. This is one of the easiest hoyas to grow for those of you who decide that fragrance is a requirement for you to grow. These hoyas are beautiful growing in a Hanging Basket and hang down, producing many many blooms throughout the year. When you walk into your space and a Hoya lacunosa is in full bloom, there is no mistaking the pungent yet pleasant fragrance you are enjoying.
My keys to successfully growing these hoya plants is to keep them from direct light and do not let them dry out. A space with a medium amount of light will mean the leaves will be dark, lush and show many markings. I have found the Hoya lacunosa-s do not always require the normal bright light to bring into full bloom. You will soon learn how much water these hoya need because the vines will shrivel up quickly if the mix is completely dry. Humidity is also required which means they should not be hung near an air conditioning or heat vent. The only downside to growing this great hoya species is the susceptibility to attract Mealy Bugs. Treating the pot, by drenching with a systemic pesticide will ensure the bugs stay away!!!
Hoya lasiantha seems to be a very popular hoya, evident on the feedback left at SRQHoyas.com. I certainly know why since the species is very easy to grow as long as it is watered regularly and not allowed to dry out. I have also noticed that the leaves tend to turn yellow if I neglect feeding it for a few months. When I notice this, I drench with a bit of Epsom Salts Rain Water, for the next few waterings.
The blooms, once described as fuzzy chicks, appear on very newly established plants. This young Hoya lasiantha (below) shows three stages of blooms. Sometimes, just following a growth spurt, one vine will display many peduncles getting ready to burst open and bloom at various times. It seems to me that as soon as the stem is strong enough to support the weight of the flowers, the nodes will begin to push out the flowers. I have never detected a scent from these orange, strangely unique flowers, but that’s ok with me!!!
Again my Hoya caudata ‘Gold’ is in bloom on two peduncles and they could not look more different as far as growth habit. The normal peduncle grows with all of it’s flowers on a flat plane. The second cluster is growing as would ‘Fungus on a Tree Trunk’ would look like. Each flower is positioned at a different height which I have rarely seen with any of the hoyas in my collection. I am almost sure that lighting has something to do with this rare sighting but I could not explain how. I just love this hoya and never tire of seeing it’s beauty expressed on the golden hairy blooms!
I grow three Hoya obscura-s and although they are all very similar, Hoya obscura IML 1003 seems to be the smallest of the three. The leaves are a nice oval shape with evident veins running through them. The growth pattern is mostly short nodes on long vines. On the end of those long leaf-filled vines are the fuzzy scented blooms.
This hoya is happiest when grown in hanging basket with drainage. Although Hoya obscura likes ample amounts of moisture, be sure to allow it to almost dry out before a good soaking. As a rule, I water this one once a week, and since the foliage covers the top of the pot where the mix is exposed, the moisture seems to be retained just enough to make it happy. If the leaves get dry and brown of the edges, provide more moisture which may be in the form of misting.
During the spring months of the year I usually notice the foliage beginning to take on a yellow color. At that time I begin to fertilize with an organic fertilizer with low numbers, ie. 5-2-5. Sometimes that does not do the trick, then I mix a bit of Epsom salts into the water and drench the mix for a couple of weeks. This hoya seems to be one of my heavy feeders.
The sweet fussy blooms are scented of baby powder which can be strong enough to fill a small space in the late evening. I enjoy growing Hoya obscura for it’s beauty in and out of bloom and find the foliage to be attractive as well. If you enjoy watering your plants…this may be a good one for you to add to your collection.
Despite the name of Royal Hawaiian Purple, this hoya did not originate from Hawaii. As a matter of fact, no hoyas are native to the Islands of Hawaii but to the regions near the Philippines, Thailand, Papa New Guinea etc. On a trip to Hawaii a few years ago, I only found one plant vendor who had any knowledge of a hoya plant.
The pubicalyx ‘Royal Hawaiian Purple’ is widely known for its pretty dark purple flowers and long dark green leaves with splotches of grey. This is a fast grower evident in the photos below. This particular plant was started with four or five cuttings less than one year ago. Basically, I started the cuttings and when they were rooted I just forgot about the plant except for weekly waterings. This no special needs hoya is a must it you do not have time to hover over your plants to be sure they are healthy and happy.
This homely hoya plant blooms beautifully and often. Hoya anulata IML 1120 has got to be one of my homeliest hoya plants in all of my collection but it holds it’s own by blooming constantly throughout the year. Although this plant did not start out as a long and leggy hanging basket plant, it has become one indeed. Usually when a hoya plant puts out a long shooting vine, it will push out blooms from the nodes and then follow with leaves. Not this one…it does not have time to deal with leaves and I cannot imagine it will ever have the energy to produce greenery when it extends all it’s energy into many many peduncles of flowers.
Hoya anulata IML 1120 was collected in Papa New Guinea hanging from a tree beside a creek. This is according to David Liddle’s Master List of 2006, I believe that year to be correct, or very close. My earlier photos of this plant depict a larger leaf with some variegation in them but since has only produced a medium sized leaf. I am sure that is due to environment but cannot be sure of which factor or maybe all factors. I love this plant and have had it for many years. I haven’t had the heart to cut it up and start a new plant but I may just do that since then I will be able to share with more collectors. Keep an eye out for this being added to inventory as a plant…not a cutting. I am sure you not be disappointed with this easy to care for hoya that thrives on neglect.
Each year about this time of the calendar year this happens to a handful of hoya plants. The leaves turn a nice blush of pink or red or any color in between. Some collectors and growers claim that providing bright light will give the same affect but I am not sure that is the reason. Nothing has changed for my plants that are happily growing under artificial lights and these few have made a drastic change on some of their foliage. I find it amazing and stunning each year that this happens!
The plant can be a bit temperamental if allowed to dry out at all. I water this one usually every other day with a bit of water…but do not drench each time. The relatively large, thick, heavy, stiff and marbled leaves are a beautiful backdrop to this bloom cluster. The leaves resemble a green colored slab or marble or granite. The leaf variations are as stable as the flower color for me.
Despite my hesitation to rely on the name of a hoya that contains a color, this one has been very consistently gold in color as opposed to the other Hoya caudatas that bloom with more of a white to very pale green flower. This happens to be my favorite bloom and I even had a mouse-pad printed with a photo of Hoya caudata IML 1882.