Each year about this time of the calendar year this happens to a handful of hoya plants. The leaves turn a nice blush of pink or red or any color in between. Some collectors and growers claim that providing bright light will give the same affect but I am not sure that is the reason. Nothing has changed for my plants that are happily growing under artificial lights and these few have made a drastic change on some of their foliage. I find it amazing and stunning each year that this happens!
Monthly Archives: October 2015
The plant can be a bit temperamental if allowed to dry out at all. I water this one usually every other day with a bit of water…but do not drench each time. The relatively large, thick, heavy, stiff and marbled leaves are a beautiful backdrop to this bloom cluster. The leaves resemble a green colored slab or marble or granite. The leaf variations are as stable as the flower color for me.
Despite my hesitation to rely on the name of a hoya that contains a color, this one has been very consistently gold in color as opposed to the other Hoya caudatas that bloom with more of a white to very pale green flower. This happens to be my favorite bloom and I even had a mouse-pad printed with a photo of Hoya caudata IML 1882.
What’s not to like about this prolific blooming hoya? The plant can be easily started from a cutting due to the air roots that are usually found at each node. This fast growing hoya is satisfying enough but wait until you see and smell the flowers. The bright, deep pink petals frame out a deep yellow middle and put out a scent that is unmistakably butterscotch. In many instances, a bald vine will bloom at least two nodes prior to pushing out fresh new leaves. This hoya make Hoya davidcummingii a MUST for every collector!
If you have space for a possibly huge hoya, you might consider Hoya sp. 910307. I received this great hoya as a cuttings many years ago and it rooted easily and have never given me any problems what-so-ever. Hoya sp. 910307 is easy to grow and blooms on a regular basis, on many peduncles at one time. The flowers are a lemony yellow but I detect little if any fragrance which may be a good thing since so many flowers showing at once may become overwhelming. I just love this one and do not hesitate to take many cuttings at one time to be able to share as starter plants.
The species of hoyas known as Hoya lacunosa are some of the most fragrant ones you can grow. At the moment, the tiniest of all of them, my Hoya lacunosa ‘Langkawi Island’, is blooming on just one peduncle and the scent fills the entire corner of the sun-room in the evening. I would describe the scent as a sorta of lilac/rose which is very pleasant to me. Goes to show you that bigger does not always mean better when it comes to fragrance and hoyas!
The way to know if you have ‘True Friends’ is to put them to work when they arrive for a visit. A chore that I wanted to accomplish and actually need to accomplish was to hang my T5 Fluorescent Light fixtures from a bar that was suspended from the ceiling. As a temporary easy fix I purchased a great product from JumpStart, which allowed me to hang the four foot/eight bulb fixtures above my hoyas, with no alterations to the sun-room that was newly erected. After having these in place for almost 12 months with only one mishap, I decided it was time to ‘bite the bullet’ and make them a permanent more stable fixture in the space.
After explaining to my dad, what I needed to accomplish, he suggested that I invest in a Little Giant Work Plank to create an easy scaffolding across the plants. This would make it much easier and safer to work with the ceiling and not have to relocate so many hoyas while doing so. It was a great idea and I even found a ‘Used’ plank on Amazon for a good price. I just had to be sure that I had a second ladder to use when attempting this task…borrowed my dad’s ladder and we were all set.
My friends, Debbie and Rick, from Tampa, Florida arrived early last week and as soon as I mentioned what I wanted to do, they said, “Let’s do it!” I agreed and thought it would not be an all day project so I did not feel guilty making them work on their first day of vacation. Little did I know that 6 hours later, we hung the final two fixtures and I was exhausted but satisfied.
The largest obstacle we faced was finding the studs in the ceiling to screw in the hooks that will hold the 15 foot conduit which the lights would hang from. Rick was very very hesitant to drill into the ceiling for fear of drilling into air, which happened, but not that many times. Who really looks up at the ceiling anyway to see flaws?…Not me.
Removing the lights and light stands allowed me to dust off the tops of them and replace any and all bulbs that had burned out. Since I had the power receptacles already in the ceiling, arranging the cords was an easy task, although I would have liked to tidy the cords a bit more that I was able to do. Little did I realize that removing the upright stands was similar to removing walls in your house and provided a more open space with much more free room to place the hoyas. Time to by more hoyas!!!
I had no doubt that Debbie and Rick are True Friends…and would do just about anything for me or with me. Thanks guys!!! I owe you!!!