Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bloom-time as an ID indicator?

Many times when I see a bloom posted on Facebook or another forum I immediately go the that particular species on my collection to see if mine too is in the midst of putting out the same bloom. My findings are that hoyas bloom simultaneously from every location around the world. Despite the living conditions such as altitude, temperature, inside or out in nature, they seem to know when they are supposed to go into bloom. Of course there are exceptions since many collector’s have yet to experience the thrill of their first hoya show but as a general rule…we cannot fool ‘Mother Nature’.

So…does this mean that bloom-time is an indicator for identifying the various species I have compiled many bloom times for all of the hoyas that have blessed me with blooms so far. The results will soon be visible on my website by going to the Bloom Calendar page. I will continue to update this throughout the year. When you have a plant in bloom…compare to my calendar and see if this theory holds true!?



Posted in Hoya Chat, What's Blooming.

Hoya rigida IML 1395

As I was untangling and re-clipping the overgrown vines yesterday I pulled out my Hoya rigida to notice that new leaves were about three times the size of the previous growth. I thought this was odd since this plant was sitting amongst many plants and so the light it received was minimal to the exposure during the summer on the lanai. The plant was so huge that I decided to just sit it on the outside shelf on the lanai since the temps should be warm enough for the hoyas now…fingers crossed.

huge leaves new growth put on at low light levels during winter growing season


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Bloomingest Hoyas I grow

This is a list of hoyas that blooming over and over on one or multiple peduncles throughout the year. Many are plants that since they continue to bloom and spend their energy in that way…they grow very little. Of course not all hoyas that bloom often grow slow but this is the case with about 50%. Don’t get me wrong…I love to find a bloom and enjoy the fragrance that fills the air but sometimes I do wish these plants would stop blooming and put out new growth so that I am able to share with you!

Hoya benitotanii – Hoya buotii – Hoya cv. Rebecca – Hoya davidcummingii – Hoya DS-70 – Hoya elliptica – Hoya heuschkeliana – Hoya lacunosa – Hoya  NOT macgregorii – Hoya megalaster – Hoya naumannii – Hoya myrmecopa – Hoya memorii – Hoya pachyclada – Hoya celata – Hoya sigillatis – Hoya subcalva – Hoya sp. Kalamantin – Hoya verticillata – Hoya verticillata albomarginate – Hoya wibergiae

 


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Potting Up…what I really mean

After receiving a new plant usually the first question I am asked is…”How soon can I re-pot my plant and what size pot should I plant it in?” As a rule, hoyas enjoy to have their roots in a small space.  Do not put you plant in a pot that will contain a lot of soil/mixx which will in turn cause moisture to be retained for long periods of time. The best solution I have found is to just put the plant and pot into a larger container in order to stabilize it when it becomes top heavy.

I start most of my plants/cuttings in a tiny 2″ pot. When the hoya has become semi-root bound and or top heavy, I re-pot into a 3″ square pot. From there, I sit that pot into a larger 6″ round pot. This way the plant has the base of support it requires. Keeping the roots in the smaller pot will allow the soil to dry out quickly will most likely prevent root rot.  I also use a larger bamboo hoop inside the 6″ pot for clipping the vines. Around the pot with soil I pour a mixture of silica stone and lava rock to stabilize the hoop as well as the 3″ pot.

At a glance, my plants appear to be growing in a large pot but an up close view shows they are thriving in a very small pot even as the plant grows large.

repotting a hoyaDSC01949DSC01950


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One lonely flower full of burnt orange sap…

Hoya diversifolia IML 0083

Hoya diversifolia is one of my great large bulky hoyas that I think gets overlooked because of those traits. Yes it is lanky and the leaves are sorta plain green with no visible veins.  But it blooms quite often and in ‘waves’ of flowers. If there is a scent I cannot detect one but the soft yellow and pink flowers are show stoppers!

Consider adding this one to your collection…you will not be sorry.


Posted in What's Blooming.

A Grow Lamp Above the Rest

A couple of months ago one of my digital grow lamp ballasts decided to implode and take a fairly new 1000w MH bulb done with it. The manufacturer quickly replaced the ballast but not the bulb since I could not prove it was the fault of the ballast. Exactly one month later, a second ballast blew also taking another 1000w bulb with it. Obviously these ballasts were not the quality they claimed to be so I requested an upgrade at no cost and they granted it. The issue at hand was replacing the bulbs with so many choices and claims to be that best.

I did a bunch of research on the internet but of course the convincing evidence could only come from my own experience with my own plants. I decided to diversify the light sources and at the end of the season I would have a clear view of which bulbs perform and what they have to offer my hoyas over the span of an indoor growing season.

In Fixture #1 I installed an AgroMax 1000w MH 4100K with an output of 100,500 lumens. In Fixture #2 I installed an AgroMax 1000w MH 6500k with an output of 90,000 lumens. In Fixture #3 I installed an Eye Hortilux Blue MH undisclosed lumens.

The cost of Bulb #1 and #2 was identically expensive and #3 was over double the cost of the others. I decided to set aside the budget in order to gain a good result from my experiment. Since I had been forced to purchase two new bulbs…what better time to initiate a learning experience!

The results were very different for each bulb and depending on the goal of the grower…each bulb has different advantages for sure.

The plants under Fixture #1 endured the most issues such as yellowing and dropping leaves but bloomed the most throughout the season. This bulb is for flowering but also is a warm color which I do not care to look at. The plants also did not appreciate the amount of heat this bulb put off and thus the leaf drop. When I touched the leaves I could feel the heat they were absorbing even 30 minutes after the bulb was lit for the day.

The plants under Fixture #2 had little or now stress issues and put out some new growth but not an abundance. This bulb was a bit cooler than #1 but still provided a great deal of warmth.

The plants under Fixture #3 showed no signs of stress or any slow-down during the cooler months. They took off growing like I had just put them back outside and hoyas like H. megalaster and H. subcalva have not yet stopped blooming! This is the space that I moved all of my ‘much coveted’ hoyas to bask in the wide spectrum of light with a minimum amount of heat stress. This bulb gives off very little heat which results in less stress to the leaves. The color is very natural and pleasing to look at.

My finding are very helpful to me in such that as the bulbs I use throughout the winter months lessen in strength or become damaged I have decided to replace them with the bulb I have now in Fixture #3.  Yes, I love to see blooms and yes, the space is heated by the bulbs alone…I need much growth so that I am able to share these lovely plants with my customers throughout the year and not only during the summer months. The only drawback of course is the hefty price tag on this bulb is $239.  Buy, I actually got what I paid for! The manufacturer suggests replacing this bulb every 24 months of use (as I use it) so it is not a bad investment if I can use it’s light for only 6 months out of the year?



Posted in SRQHoyas Happenings.

Hoya megalaster is one of the ‘Bloomingest’ Hoyas I grow

There has not been a week gone by that one of the species of Hoya megalaster has not been forming buds or blooming since mid summer. As soon as I brought the plants inside for the season and exposed them to grow lights for 12-14 hours/day they have been rewarding me with beautiful flowers.  They receive no special treatment…just a watering maybe once a week and the MSU fertilizer injected as I water.  I love the 2″ flowers and would not wish them to stop blooming except…as you know they do not put out new growth when in bloom so I am unable to share. Look for my ‘Bloomingest Hoyas’ on my Guidelines page to be published shortly. The list may surprise you!!!

Hoya megalaster IML 1099

Hoya megalaster IML 1099

 



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Welcome to my NEW website!!!

I hope you have been enjoying my new website and all of it’s improvements. My goal was to simplify the overall look of the website and be able to showcase the beautiful plants thru larger photos. Any and all feedback is welcome. Please…if you discover something is not working the way it should…respond with your findings and I will do what I can to remedy the issue.

I have added this blog so I am better able to keep in touch with Hoya Collector’s around the world!



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