Wow!!! As I busily took cuttings to fill my orders this morning I screamed “WooHoo”!!! I was looking for the best cutting on my Hoya megalaster IML 1099 and noticed that when I handled one of the few vines…it was extremely heavy. That is a good indicator for me to take a closer look. I had almost taken a cuttings that would have detached the ripening seed pod. I would have been so mad at myself if that had happened.
The pod itself measures 6 inches long and 1 inch at the thickest point. I now have it wrapped so as to capture the ripe seeds and attempt to grow them out into plants. I know that is a very difficult and lengthy task with little chance of success but I am willing to do my best. When the seeds come, I plan to sow them inside under artificial lights in a controlled environment since the cooler days and nights will be here prior to any sense of maturity will be reached. I am confident that delicate hoyas will not survive a change in environment since many of my established mature plants suffer each year from the move inside.
For now I will check on the seed pod often to be sure the everyday rains do not cause it to rot inside the netting I provided.