Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cultivar Names correctly written

After reading the newest edition of The Hoya Telegraph I corrected the mistakes in the way I classified these species of hoyas.  I just want to take a minute to explain why you may not be able to locate these hoyas on my website since they are now alphabetized differently.

Since writing the cultivar name with the cv. is an old rule that was removed from international rules…I correctly use Hoya ‘Majic’ as opposed to Hoya cv. ‘Majic’.  It seems much simpler and I am glad Torill Nyhuus took the time to resolve this issue for many of us who strive to be totally accurate in labeling.

Posted in Hoya Chat.

Retired Plants at SRQHoyas

This season is the first that I chose to ‘Retire’ Hoyas from my collection.  I did this for a few reasons including space restraints, duplicate plants and popularity.  It does not mean that I don’t ever want to grow them again…just that they are being replaced with other exciting species. I almost felt like a mom choosing her favorite child.  I have saved the photos and information about each am have moved them to my RETIRED page which will remain for a great way to reference and learn about them if you happen to grow those. But please do not add them to your Wish List since I no longer can provide cuttings for you.

Posted in SRQHoyas Happenings.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The turkey is in the oven and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is on the television. I remember this holiday as a very special time of year that is spent with family and friends. I just love when I wake up on this day and the Florida weather has turned chilly or this year downright cold….today it was 39°F here at SRQHoyas!

I awoke at 1:30am and decided to got out to the Greenhouse/Garage to check on the hoyas and note the temperature in their space.  When I opened the door and stepped out into a warmer more humid air I knew they would be comfortable throughout the rest of this cold night, without the aid of a heater.  That room is always the warmest room in my house?

As I was misting the plants I was remembering past winters when I moved the plants inside and how they adapted well or not.  The past years I set the 1000W MH ballasts on full strength for maximum light and heat output, since I thought that is what they required. But this year I have the lights set on the 75% setting for a less concentrated light source and I have realized little or no leaf dropping?  The reason for choosing less light and heat was to attempt to acclimate the hoyas to the climate of their new home inside a solarium in southern Pennsylvania.  I think I have stumbled upon the inside climate they will thrive in and grow beautiful dark green blemish-free foliage.  I also notice that there is no scarring when the not-so-intense light evaporates the water from the daily misting/humidity treatments.  That makes me very very happy!!!

The solarium will begin going up next week if the weather cooperates with pouring the footers and foundation. It seemed like it took forever to receive the approve permits from the township but it did happen without any issues.  I am continuing to fill orders throughout the winter and ship without casualties as usual.  Please check Ship Dates for the weeks I will be relocating and thus not able to fill your order.  I do not foresee more then a couple weeks of downtime from when I leave Sarasota and the time the hoyas are comfortable, hydrated and growing again in their new space! I am guessing this will take place in mid-January 2014.

Posted in Shipping Schedules, SRQHoyas Happenings.

FREE Shipping on orders over $48!!!

I thought you deserved a break going into the Holiday Season.  I am offering no shipping fees on orders of Hoya Cuttings that total $48+.  Now is the time to save and get those cuttings you’ve been wanting to add to your collection. I am again adding NEW TO ME!!! species and some of the previously added are now available.  Thanks for your patronage and for following my blog.




Posted in SRQHoyas Happenings.

Changes in Hoya Leaves grown inside

Since the hoyas have been brought inside the garage/greenhouse I am noticing changes in their growing habits as well as the ‘quality’ of the new growth. By quality I am referring to the superficial beauty in color and surface ‘shine’.  While they love the humidity and natural sunlight they recieve from March thru October, the plants do not fare well cosmetically.  The leaves are usually scarred with spots and pitting although this does not effect the plants growth or blooming capabilities.  As I look at the photos posted from you who grow you plants inside and protected from nature I find myself sometime jealous that my precious plants are really not that ‘pretty’ to look at.

This is one factor that I know I will enjoy as I move the stock to growing totally protected from the havoc of nature’s creatures in the new solarium up North.  The one thing I will miss is the bugs, bees, dragonflies, lizards, frogs (not so much), flies that somehow found their way inside the lanai and garage/greenhouse to pollinate the ‘sap dripping’ flowers each night.

hoyas grown in nature

hoyas grown in nature


Hoya erythrostemma Seed pod bursts


Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.