Monthly Archives: April 2015

Hoya Leaf Drop During Travel

When asked about availability of larger specimen hoyas that I may have to offer, my response has been the same from the beginning.  I have had much success with sending and receiving small plants. They adapt faster to the new environment and push out new growth almost immediately. Larger plants seem to die back and growth is stunted for a period of time.”  Today I am documenting another reason that I do not often offer and ship mature hoya plants.  The plants I received are absolutely gorgeously grown and packed superbly but…the pile of fallen leaves breaks my heart.  Luckily the plant is huge and has many many more still on the vine.  Hoya leaf drop during travel is a valid reason for purchasing cuttings or well rooted cuttings which I refer to as small plants.

After further inspection for the reason of the excessive leaf drop it seems to be due to the fact that the plant was just well hydrated and the leaves got knocked around during travel and just popped off.  Some hoyas are much more flexible and they bend as opposed to ‘popping’ right off the vine.  The leaves are fresh and show no signs of stress from being cooped up for three days.  In conclusion, I see no way to avoid this happening through better prep…it just happens due to the size of the plant.  The box is arrived in was almost waist high!

I rest my case and will continue to offer small plants and cuttings but I am still thrilled with my new plants from Vermont!!!

Hoya rotundiflora's Fallen Leaves

Hoya rotundiflora’s Fallen Leaves

 

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

Is this Hoya Dead or Not?

Not even close to dying in these photos but I really thought it was.  This Hoya pachyclada started looking wrinkled and dehydrated so the thing to do is water it…right?  That is the complicated part of growing the thick succulent hoyas.  Dehydrated could mean just the opposite of what you would think.

I tipped the small plant out of the pot and when I examined the root system I discovered that I had over-watered it and most of the plant was not viable by cutting away the stem until I noticed sap and a green inner stem.  This cutting sat in a tiny 2.5″ square pot for almost three weeks being kept in moist but not wet mixx.  It is amazing that it will definitely live longer with no roots than it will with any section of the stem rotting.

Last evening while inspecting my newly rooting stock I glanced at the Hoya pachyclada and decided to toss it in the compost pile.  Sometimes it’s easier to rid my spae of struggling/dead hoyas than wait until they are for sure gone.  When I did so I noticed this long fresh viable root growing from the bottom!  I would have never guessed this would be the case.  I ever so carefully tucked this stem back into the mixx and watered it well.

Phew…that was a close one.  This was my last piece of this species and I did not want to move it to my RETIRED category.  Luckily I didn’t have to.  It is not a sure thing yet because it still may struggle or rot due to the large size of cutting but now I have hope.  Lesson learned…a hoya is never dead and gone until it is totally dead with no sap or green stem!!!

Hoya pachyclada struggling but not dead

Hoya pachyclada struggling but not dead

Hoya pachyclada SRQ 3313 sends out roots

Hoya pachyclada SRQ 3313 sends out roots

 

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

First Time Bloomer is Lime Scented

Hoya deykeae ‘Splash’ has been pushing out an abundance of growth for the past year and now I also have the honor of enjoying the lime scented flowers.  The foliage displays heart shaped greenery with very prominent splashes of grey.  The is a must have even if the plant never would bloom for you but this one is an early bloomer with many rewards.  The ball of blooms is a tad smaller than a golf ball and so very perfectly round.  I also grow the Hoya deykeae which is a pretty plant too.  I am not positive they are different species but I can say that they bloom at different times of the year….the latter blooming in May.

Hoya deykeae 'Splash' has a Lime Scent

Hoya deykeae ‘Splash’ has a Lime Scent

Posted in Hoya Chat, What's Blooming.