Monthly Archives: November 2015

Focus on Hoya obscura IML 1003

I grow three Hoya obscura-s and although they are all very similar, Hoya obscura IML 1003 seems to be the smallest of the three.  The leaves are a nice oval shape with evident veins running through them.  The growth pattern is mostly short nodes on long vines.  On the end of those long leaf-filled vines are the fuzzy scented blooms.

This hoya is happiest when grown in hanging basket with drainage.  Although Hoya obscura likes ample amounts of moisture, be sure to allow it to almost dry out before a good soaking.  As a rule, I water this one once a week, and since the foliage covers the top of the pot where the mix is exposed, the moisture seems to be retained just enough to make it happy.  If the leaves get dry and brown of the edges, provide more moisture which may be in the form of misting.

During the spring months of the year I usually notice the foliage beginning to take on a yellow color.  At that time I begin to fertilize with an organic fertilizer with low numbers, ie. 5-2-5.  Sometimes that does not do the trick, then I mix a bit of Epsom salts into the water and drench the mix for a couple of weeks.  This hoya seems to be one of my heavy feeders.

The sweet fussy blooms are scented of baby powder which can be strong enough to fill a small space in the late evening.  I enjoy growing Hoya obscura for it’s beauty in and out of bloom and find the foliage to be attractive as well.  If you enjoy watering your plants…this may be a good one for you to add to your collection.

Hoya obscura IML 1003

Baby Powder Scented Flowers

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Closely spaced Leaves Makes an Attractive Hanging Pot

Hoya obscura IML 1003

A Few Cuttings Grows to this in about one Year

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Focus on Hoya pubicalyx ‘Royal Hawaiian Purple’

Despite the name of Royal Hawaiian Purple, this hoya did not originate from Hawaii.  As a matter of fact, no hoyas are native to the Islands of Hawaii but to the regions near the Philippines, Thailand, Papa New Guinea etc.  On a trip to Hawaii a few years ago, I only found one plant vendor who had any knowledge of a hoya plant.

The pubicalyx ‘Royal Hawaiian Purple’ is widely known for its pretty dark purple flowers and long dark green leaves with splotches of grey.  This is a fast grower evident in the photos below.  This particular plant was started with four or five cuttings less than one year ago.  Basically, I started the cuttings and when they were rooted I just forgot about the plant except for weekly waterings. This no special needs hoya is a must it you do not have time to hover over your plants to be sure they are healthy and happy.

Focus on Hoya pubicalyx 'Royal Hawaiian Purple'

Young plant grown from 4-5 cuttings

Focus on Hoya pubicalyx 'Royal Hawaiian Purple'

Leaves are speckled with Grey Splotches

Focus on Hoya pubicalyx 'Royal Hawaiian Purple'

Flowers show a dark purple color

Focus on Hoya pubicalyx 'Royal Hawaiian Purple'

Growth is very compact

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Homely Hoya Plant Blooms Beautifully and Often

This homely hoya plant blooms beautifully and often.  Hoya anulata IML 1120 has got to be one of my homeliest hoya plants in all of my collection but it holds it’s own by blooming constantly throughout the year.  Although this plant did not start out as a long and leggy hanging basket plant, it has become one indeed.  Usually when a hoya plant puts out a long shooting vine, it will push out blooms from the nodes and then follow with leaves.  Not this one…it does not have time to deal with leaves and I cannot imagine it will ever have the energy to produce greenery when it extends all it’s energy into many many peduncles of flowers.

Hoya anulata IML 1120 was collected in Papa New Guinea hanging from a tree beside a creek. This is according to David Liddle’s Master List of 2006, I believe that year to be correct, or very close. My earlier photos of this plant depict a larger leaf with some variegation in them but since has only produced a medium sized leaf.  I am sure that is due to environment but cannot be sure of which factor or maybe all factors.  I love this plant and have had it for many years. I haven’t had the heart to cut it up and start a new plant but I may just do that since then I will be able to share with more collectors.  Keep an eye out for this being added to inventory as a plant…not a cutting.  I am sure you not be disappointed with this easy to care for hoya that thrives on neglect.

Homely Hoya anulata IML 1120

Homely Hoya anulata IML 1120

Blooms on many Peduncles

Blooms on many Peduncles

Puffing up to Bloom

Blooming Peduncle #5

Unusual Site – two Peduncles at One Node

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