Monthly Archives: May 2014

Look at the Contrast of Leaves – Direct FL Sunlight vs. PA Sunroom Grown


Hoya oreogena IML 1214

I am just totally amazed and delighted all at the same time when I see the new beautiful leaves that are beginning to grow on my hoyas!  After many years of growing in the bright Florida sunshine for most of the year I now get to see first hand how many hoya plants should look in different growing conditions.  These photos show the contrast and are quite evident throughout the collection already.

Although they were growing underneath a screen enclosure the sun was for many hours and very direct for most of the season in Sarasota, FL.  The rate of growth with the humidity and moisture was extreme and soon I will be able to compare the factors that may affect the growth habits of these plants.  Here in PA they get little or no direct sunshine and at best it comes through windows that are tinted and double pane.  The skylights overhead provide light but certainly nothing direct.


Hoya baleansis ‘Splash’ SRQ 3191


Hoya waymaniae IML 1024

I have always been envious of the beautiful leafed hoyas I see in photos from particularly Sweden and wondered how to achieve their beauty along with still having the bounty of blooms. Maybe this environment I have created with give me the best of both worlds…only time will tell.





Hoya sp. Gunung Gading SRQ 3189

Hoya sp. Gunung Gading SRQ 3189

Posted in Hoya Chat.

Settling Into our New Home as Well as SRQHoyas’ New home

Life as I knew it in sunny warm Florida is no more. I now have family near me which leads to many visits, get togethers and the like. My time is much more spread out among Mom, Dad sisters, aunts and the hoyas, which is the reason for moving here.  The week that I finally finished unpacking was the week of Spring Break for my out-of-state sisters’ kids so guess where they visited for their Break?  Yep…as usual, they visit me which used to be near the beach with a swimming pool in the back yard. That is no longer the case so they had to plan trips to local attractions to entertain.  Another disappointment to them was that they were not able to help me with the plants since they were still adjusting an really not growing.  Also, since SRQHoyas was still on hiatus for the season…there were no orders to help process.

After family departed I was able to organize the entire stock and prepare to offer cuttings once again. Here are a few photos from the ‘setting up’ of the new Sunroom.  Again the species are in alphabetical order on the benches as well as the hanging hoyas. My hanging plants are so happy on that bar that spans the entire width of the 36′ room lined with floor to ceiling windows facing west.



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Are you seeing what I see? Lots and lots and lots of space for new species!!!  I still cannot figure out why I have so much empty space on the same number of benches as when I was set up in Sarasota but since I do…I plan to fill much of the space this week with my normal annual order from Epiphytica.  It is still just the most exciting thing to open up a box that is full of new hoyas.  They should arrive on Tuesday at the latest if US Customs does a quick turnaround.

Anyhow…I guess I got off the subject for a bit.  This is the new space and I am seeing much growth and quite a few blooms and first time bloomers.  I am hoping for warmer weather soon so that I will be able to open up the room and let nature come into greet the hoyas.  I know they will be taking off growing as they did before. Why wouldn’t they?

Nico and her doggie cousin doggie, Nilla (Vanilla Bean)

Nico and her doggie cousin, Nilla (Vanilla Bean)

Posted in SRQHoyas Happenings.