Monthly Archives: July 2015

Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfalls IML 1256 vs. IML 1627

There is some confusion regarding both of these great hoyas.  I am going to explain my experience and documentation since I have grown both of these which I purchased from the David Liddle collection directly.  I no longer have the Hoya Estrella Waterfall IML 1627 in my collection but still have photos to document the exact plant, here on my website.

I received both of these hoyas as cuttings in a group purchase in the spring of 2011.  They both arrived in great shape and tagged with the typed, white narrow tag stapled to each cuttings, so there are no mistakes in identification. Those tags do not fade away, tear, fall off or just get lost as many of my plants still have them attached from almost 10 years ago.

The Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfall IML 1627 bloomed for me back on July 31, 2011 which was just a few months after I rooted the cutting.  That is what I consider a great rooter and great grower!  According to the Liddle Master List I have, ends with IML 1902, this particular cutting was obtained from Ted Green.  To my knowledge, this hoya has not been published and/or renamed.

Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfall IML 1627

Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfall IML 1627

Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfall IML 1627

Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfall IML 1627

 

The Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfalls IML 1256 just recently bloomed for me and was so beautiful that I decided to share it on Ebay! Enjoy it!!!  According to the Liddle Master List I previously referenced, David Liddle obtained this hoya from DMC, David Cummings, who also collected this in the Philippines and called it DMC 5459 along with IML 1257 & IML 1258.  Not sure if this is a typo as I am reporting from the list.  To the best of my knowledge, this one has been published as Hoya estrellaensis, if the IML #s are accurate.  From the photos I have seen of Hoya estrellaensis, I am going to caution you to NOT update names just yet.  In my opinion, the plants and blooms are not similar in any way. Since I am not yet convinced of the correct identification, I will continue to refer to this one as Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfalls IML 1256.

Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfalls IML 1256

Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfalls IML 1256 Collected by DMC 5459

Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfalls IML 1256 Collected by DMC 5459

Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfalls IML 1256 Collected by DMC 5459

 

Welcome to the World of Hoyas!!! Naming and renaming happens as well as correctly and incorrectly identifying.  I am very very diligent when it comes to making sure the tags are intact and are not fading as I believe that in my business…a hoya without a tag is one that really should not be traded, much less sold.  Even if what is written on the tag is incorrect or named for ‘fun’, at least it has a trail of IDs that can be compared with the tags in your collection.  Purchasing duplicate hoyas is not pleasant and turn this hobby into a frustrating and very expensive one.

Posted in Hoya Chat, New Publications, SRQHoyas Happenings, What's Blooming.

SRQHoyas Plants Being Offered vary Greatly

Here is an indication of the size hoya plants I offer on SRQHoyas.com. I hesitate to advertise that they are Hoya Starter Plants, Well-Rooted Cuttings, Small, Medium or Large plants since the difference in species, size, growth rate and age makes this impossible. I can say that they are have a strong root system and are stable whether they have new growth or not. Many have active blooming peduncles, since I take cuttings from my Mother Plant that have bloomed. This photo shows the variety of sizes and shapes that I offer.

Size and Shapes Vary

Size and Shapes Vary

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

Beware of Growstones and Growing Hoyas

After noticing that various hoya plants were not doing well although I had not changed anything I realized the issue was in the pot.  The very bottom of the six inch clear plastic pot, to be exact.

For many years, when using the large sized pots, I would put a layer of lava rock, Sunleaves, in the bottom for extra drainage in case the pots were ever sitting in puddles of water.  This seemed to be the perfect remedy until now.  However, I had made a change to what I was using as the  supposed drainage layer about a year ago.  I decided to try using Growstones in my hydroponics set ups and had a good part of the bag left over so I thought I’d use those before investing in another bag of the the Sunleaves growing media.  Come to find out, these two seemingly similar products are very different.

Evidently, the Growstones actually hold excess water for a long period of time without drying out.  So long that it is rotting some roots of quite a few of my hoyas.  We all know that hoyas need a mix that takes on water but dries out very quickly and this is not a good product for that result.  I will now purchase the previous growing media that I have used for years from Sunleaves and methodically tip out the large plants and rid the pots of the dreaded Growstones.  I am not happy about this but I am very happy that I  now know what has changed and why the plants are not happy when I thought I had not made any changes to my routine.  Until I have accomplished ridding the plant sof these thirsty rocks…I will not drench the hoyas but only water the top two-thirds of the mix.

Beware of this product if you are growing hoyas or any other plant that does not like to stay wet for any length of time.  I almost feel like I have added those water-holding gel crystals to the mix unknowingly.

 

Growstones NO

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

Shipping Discounts on SRQHoyas’ Ebay Auctions

I am passing along the Shipping Discount, that the USPS offers Ebay Sellers, to my bidders. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the workings of listing on Ebay, while purchasing postage through Ebay, we are given a discounted rate. It is not a set amount and varies according to the weight of the package, I believe. Anyhow, some have expressed that the Shipping Rates for my auctions are quite high. I do not have control over the prices, since they are calculated according to weight and your Zip Code. In order to lessen your costs, I will now pass along those discounts to you!!! I just implemented this option and am told it may take 24 hours to activate but rest assured you will pay the discounted rate when my auctions end! Thanks for bidding!!!

 

Ebay

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.