Monthly Archives: December 2015

Hoya lacunosa-s come in ALL SIZES

Hoya lacunosa is one of the most fragrant flowers in my collection and it comes in all sizes and colors.  This is one of the easiest hoyas to grow for those of you who decide that fragrance is a requirement for you to grow.  These hoyas are beautiful growing in a Hanging Basket and hang down, producing many many blooms throughout the year.  When you walk into your space and a Hoya lacunosa is in full bloom, there is no mistaking the pungent yet pleasant fragrance you are enjoying.

My keys to successfully growing these hoya plants is to keep them from direct light and do not let them dry out.  A space with a medium amount of light will mean the leaves will be dark, lush and show many markings.  I have found the Hoya lacunosa-s do not always require the normal bright light to bring into full bloom.  You will soon learn how much water these hoya need because the vines will shrivel up quickly if the mix is completely dry.  Humidity is also required which means they should not be hung near an air conditioning or heat vent.  The only downside to growing this great hoya species is the susceptibility to attract Mealy Bugs.  Treating the pot, by drenching with a systemic pesticide will ensure the bugs stay away!!!

Hoya lacunosa comes in many shapes and sizes!

Hoya lacunosa comes in many shapes and sizes!

Posted in Hoya Chat, What's Blooming.

Young Hoya lasiantha Shows three Stages of Blooms

Hoya lasiantha seems to be a very popular hoya, evident on the feedback left at SRQHoyas.com.  I certainly know why since the species is very easy to grow as long as it is watered regularly and not allowed to dry out.  I have also noticed that the leaves tend to turn yellow if I neglect feeding it for a few months.  When I notice this, I drench with a bit of Epsom Salts Rain Water, for the next few waterings.

The blooms, once described as fuzzy chicks, appear on very newly established plants.  This young Hoya lasiantha (below) shows three stages of blooms.  Sometimes, just following a growth spurt, one vine will display many peduncles getting ready to burst open and bloom at various times. It seems to me that as soon as the stem is strong enough to support the weight of the flowers, the nodes will begin to push out the flowers.  I have never detected a scent from these orange, strangely unique flowers, but that’s ok with me!!!

Three Stages of Hoya lasiantha Blooms

Three Stages of Hoya lasiantha Blooms

Young Stem supports Many Peduncles

Young Stem supports Many Peduncles

 

 

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

Hoya Flowers growing like ‘Fungus on a Tree’

Again my Hoya caudata ‘Gold’ is in bloom on two peduncles and they could not look more different as far as growth habit.  The normal peduncle grows with all of it’s flowers on a flat plane.  The second cluster is growing as would ‘Fungus on a Tree Trunk’ would look like.  Each flower is positioned at a different height which I have rarely seen with any of the hoyas in my collection.  I am almost sure that lighting has something to do with this rare sighting but I could not explain how.  I just love this hoya and never tire of seeing it’s beauty expressed on the golden hairy blooms!

Fungus on Tree

Fungus on Tree compliments of geograph.org.uk

Hoya caudata Blloms like Fungus on a Tree

Hoya caudata Blooms like Fungus on a Tree

Hoya caudata Flowers like Fungus on a Tree

Hoya caudata Flowers like Fungus on a Tree

Odd Position of Flowers

Odd Position of Flowers

Normal Position of Flowers

Normal Position of Flowers

Posted in Hoya Chat.