Monthly Archives: January 2014

Meeting Ric Morier for the first time…it was a pleasure

Earlier this week, I received an invite from a local Hoya enthusiast to travel just north of here to St. Petersburg, Florida to attend a Rare Plant Network meeting.  I accepted since I knew of Ric for many years but our paths never crossed even though we lived in nearby communities for many years.  I also heard that he was offering some cuttings for sale and of course I could not resist.

The lights were dimmed and the meticulously planned slide show began.  With much detail but not too much, Ric introduced this Genus to a room full of receptive plant enthusiasts. It still amazes me how very few people know about hoyas.  About one in 20 will mention seeing the Hoya carnosa growing somewhere or maybe the Hoya compacta (Hindu Rope) plant. But that is about the extent of recollection of these wonderfully diverse and rewarding plants.  The show began with foliage and then finished with the spectacular blooms from Ric’s collection.  He was very knowledgeable and very patient when it came to explaining the differences and demands of each species.  Much more than I usually am when trying to introduce…I seem to go with my condensed version, leaving out many points and highlights.  Some of us are ‘teachers’ and others not so much.

There was some conversation as he went along but not much.  This was not due to boredom but because he covered so many points and questions along the way.  As he concluded the group quickly moved the the table set up in the front of the room which displayed the cuttings and a few potted plants.  Touching the leaves was what everyone wanted to do as they could have cared less about the ID label given.  I was asked most, “What color is this bloom? Which end of this vine do I plant?”  Since this was not my moment and Ric was the Guest Speaker I at first hesitated to get involved but after seeing he did not mind I assisted with some of the eager collectors.

Of course I could not resist buying a few cuttings that I did not currently grow. It was not hard to find “New to Me!!!” species but I kept it to a modest 6 new cuttings. Overall it was a very inspiring evening and I was honored to finally meet Ric Morier who grows many beautiful hoyas outside year-round here in Florida.

P.S Ric, Have fun on your visit to Thailand!!!! I am sure you will represent our part of the world well.

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

On Hiatus…until post relocation

If you have been on the website you have noticed that there are no Hoya Cuttings available for purchase at this time.  This is correct!

I have begun prepping the plants for their journey to their new home and thought it best to cease taking ordering and shipping until we are settled in the new space.  For the time being the best thing to do is place your choices on a Wish List and when I begin offering cuttings again you will be notified via email.  Please be sure to Log In to your account and then Add to Wish List for easier use.  Being logged in to your account will allow you to manage your list, otherwise the emails will continue even after you wish they would not.

Enjoy the rest of your winter and I hope to be back up and running in mid to late March! As always I can be reached via email or telephone with any questions you might have.

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.