Monthly Archives: November 2014

LED Lights are in the Sunroom

The newest and best technology has made it’s way to SRQHoyas.  Among the T5 fluorescent and the Metal Halide fixtures is now some pink and blue LED spot lights.  I had a need to illuminate the plants that are hanging along the longest wall of windows of the sun-room which meant the lights have to face horizontal as opposed to shining down on the hoyas.  These great bulbs with the aid of some handmade fixture holdings and fancy wiring made this happen.  Now my hope is that the hanging plants will get the necessary spectrum of rays to thrive since the summer light has lessened due to the angle of the sun in Pennsylvania.

Homemade LED Hanging Light

Homemade LED Hanging Light

Pink and Blue Lights shine on SRQHoyas

Pink and Blue Lights shine on SRQHoyas

LED Lights in SRQHoyas

LED Lights in SRQHoyas

 

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Growth on Old Wood Vines is Quite Odd

My past week has been spent rearranging the hoya plants in attempt to position them all under lights and in alphabetical order. Many have been happily growing under the warmth and sunlight of T5 fluorescent fixtures but some were still relying on the natural sunshine from the windows of my sun-room.  As I moved them I was making mental notes as to which plants’ growth has been stagnant or even halted since the relocation.  These are hoyas that I would soon take cuttings and start a new, lush ‘Mother Plant.’  I do this regularly throughout the year but this year has been quite different in that the majority have shown sluggish growth habits so I knew this year the task would be very very laborious.

I was pleasantly surprised when in handling the hoyas I noticed that many were showing new vines as well as leaves sprouting from very old woody stems.  This occurrence seems very unexpected and odd to me since in my years of growing I’ve not seen old leggy plants begin to again ‘fill out’.  I know that many plants do this and it is why I pinch back and hard prune other vines and bushes that I used to grow in the landscape but never the hoya plants? I have documented with photos to share and hope that in a month from now I’ll be able to report back that this odd growth spurt has continued and the plants that were struggling are now green and viable. It will certainly make my chore of restarting ‘Mother Plants’ very brief this season.

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Sap-filled Blooms of Hoya manipurensis

This hoya is one of my favorite for three reasons. The first being the cute heart shaped leaves that are almost always pubescent and so perfectly lined up along the strong upward vines. The second reason to fall in love with this species is that it is super easy to propagate/root during the long as well as the short days of the year. No issues what so ever from the time I snip the cutting until the stable roots and new velvety growth appear. The final reason to grow this hoya is that it blooms ate an early age and does so at just about every node along the vines with tiny but stunning flowers.  The yellow trumpets are fuzzy and filled with dark red sap that appears to ooze from the horn as the flower matures. No, this is not a messy flower since I’ve not yet noticed any drops ever falling from the opening. If you have the chance to add this one to your collection I assure you will not be disappointed one bit.

Ever Blooming H. manipurensis

Ever Blooming H. manipurensis

Hoya manipurensis SRQ 3296 EPC 07777

Hoya manipurensis SRQ 3296 EPC 0777

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Twisted and Deformed Leaves

As I was organizing and better arranging my collection under the newly hung grow lights I noticed this very odd plant. I imported this hoya from Thailand in the spring of 2013 and it has done very well but I’ve noticed some very strange leaf growth happening. Although I am not positive this growth appeared while positioned under a T5 fluorescent light fixture…I did not notice these odd shaped leaves when I moved it to the lighter spot. One of the long lean sculpted leaves is even twisted. I checked the leaves thoroughly and did not notice any pests or any foreign substances on any part of the plant? Anyone else have this happen? I have since…moved it to a position under a Metal Halide light which provides the needed light without being so close to the actual bulb. This hoya is labeled Hoya sp. UT 039.

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Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya sp. UT-039

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

What is the cause of deformed leaves?

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Compare to growing outdoors in Florida sunshine.

 

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Heavy Feeding Hoyas

I have noticed again that some of my plants are losing the green in their leaves and turning a yellow in an almost ‘variegated manner’. I’ve never documented this but just feed those plants an extra strong dose or added Osmocote to their mix. This time I have photographed the many disturbing leaves and set the plant aside to monitor the changes. I am interested to see how quickly or slowly they leaves turn back into healthy looking growth. This condition is not to be confused with the yellowing of leaves that results from over or under watering which usually results in leaf shed. This condition appears to be definitely a lack of nitrogen since the leaves stay firm and intact and end up blending back in with the rest of the plant. I have started a list on my GUIDELINES page on my website of the species that seem to need more ‘nutrition’.  Check back to see the results after the feeding has had a chance to replenish what is lacking in these hoyas.

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Hoya minihassae IML 1863

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Hoya litoralis IML 0930

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Hoya subcalva IML 0229

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Hoya sp. MPR02 IML 1866

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Hoya siariae SRQ 3060

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Hoya obscura IML IML 0234

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