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New Hoya Cuttings Rooting

I would like to take this chance to show you what I continue to do each year to bring new species into the United States to share.  This instance happens to be a private exchange with a collector in Thailand as opposed to an actual order and exchanged monies.  A couple of weeks ago I sent my Import Permit along with the necessary materials to be included on or inside my package.  When he received the package, he promptly sent my cuttings on a Monday. They arrived at my home the Friday of the same week and there was no evidence that US Customs opened or even tampered with the package which is always a great thing!

After opening the package I carefully removed the very very dehydrated cuttings and put them into a bath of water to which I added a bit of Super Thrive.  I continually checked on them throughout the day as to not allow any of them to turn soggy from the soak.  Late that evening I decided to assemble my hydroponics system and remove the cuttings from their soak.  Even though they showed little if any signs of hydration, a greater fear I had was the fear of rot setting in overnight.

Each tiny 3″ mesh pot received a hoop and two cuttings and I carefully filled each pot with the growing medium I prefer and have had great success with.  It is called Sunleaves and you can read more about it here.  The hydroponics system is very basic and I use nutrients in the water which will only begin to beneficial to the cuttings when roots appear.  The only moisture that will benefit these stressed cuttings is the moisture they find in the air.  Having said that, I mist often and also spray the blue platform to create humidity.   For now I placed them under an 8 bulb T11 florescent fixture and did not lower it any further than 18″ above the cuttings for fear of drying them out too fast.

Now I wait and hope to see improvement in the leaves. Many continue to yellow and fall off which is normal but as long as the stem is alive…the cutting is viable.  These photos are 6 days after the cuttings arrived and I have noticed no major changes.  I will continue to update as I see changes…good or bad.

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Posted in SRQHoyas Happenings.

FLAT RATE SHIPPING has been lowered to $6 per order!!! Domestic Orders only.

I have been anticipating this drop in price for awhile now and today I decide…”It’s time to do it”.  Since most of my orders are now cuttings as opposed to plants I think it only fair to pass along the savings to my loyal US customers as well as my new US customers.  I do regret that I am unable to lower the cost of shipping to my International customers. The price is literally the lowest I can charge for Express Mail Service thru the USPS.  As before, I do not focus on benefiting from shipping costs, NEVER have and NEVER will.

I hope this saving makes it more attractive to purchase that hoya cutting that you have been longing to grow that was just not in the budget.  As before, this FLAT RATE does not include supplies and you should expect and invoice for the remaining postage when I have actually purchased postage just prior to shipping.

Posted in Shipping Schedules, SRQHoyas Happenings.

Hoya nicholsonii blooms in a Perfectly Round Ball of Gold

This hoya is thought to be in the Hoya pottsii family and it vary well might be.  The plant is gorgeous and colorful even when not in bloom since my leaves have turned red and remain that way for a few years.  It has bloomed for me shortly after adding it to my collection but I forgot how stunningly unique the umbrel was until this morning.  After spotting the round ball of gold behind many plants I decided to untangle the vines and bring it down to the pool to take some photos.  Although the photos failed to capture the exact hue of the flowers, I was happy with the result as well as depicting just how round and perfect nature can be!

3 inches in diameter

3 inches in diameter

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Almost completely round

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Leaves are quite spectacular too!

 

Posted in What's Blooming.

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3218 is going to Bloom for the Third Time – What Color will it be this time?

This is a great hoya that I have in my collection that is easy to grow and is beautiful in bloom and out of bloom. The first time it attempted to bloom, the flowers were small cups that ran out of energy before they could open up fully.  The second try at blooming was successful as they opened into cluster of shallow shiny bowls of gorgeous subtle color.  Now a little over a month has past and the hoya plant has four umbrels that are puffing up to bloom but instead of the cream clusters of prior cycles, these are a dark deep red color.  I have kept the growing conditions and location the same so I am looking forward to see the result.

Blooming on June 22

Blooming on June 22

Gonna Bloom July 28

Gonna Bloom July 28

Posted in Hoya Chat, What's Blooming.

Hoya rubida’s flowers have Silver Linings

This is a first time bloomer for me so right now it my favorite hoya…see how that works?  As I watched the buds maturing into flowers I noticed they were a rich rich pink almost red.   I knew they would please me with a very unique look when they finally decided to reveal their beauty.  I did my best to capture the silvery border that  enclosed the color of the flower by showing the rear view.  This is an absolutely stunning flower if you have attention to detail.

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Rear view depicting the silver outline

Rear view depicting the silver outline

Entire Hanging Plant

Entire Hanging Plant

Posted in What's Blooming.

Hoyas attracting Bees and giving off their Yummy Scent

Yes, I realize that many hoyas can be messy when they are in bloom but this is such an important part of what nature does to continue and survive.  The worst culprit of oozing sap I have found is this Hoya pallilimba. She puts out many many little parasol looking bloom clusters and they stay open for over a week.  As the days go on the more sap is produced and you have this gorgeous bit of nature.  Fortunately for me, this is happening outside and unfortunately for the bees, it is a maze to get thru the screened enclosure to get to all of this yummy juice.  This is a full on beautiful hanging plant that rewards me with endless flowers with a butterscotch fragrance all summer!

Hoya pallilimba IML 1691

Hoya pallilimba IML 1691

Yummy Butterscotch Sap!

Yummy Butterscotch Sap!

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

Hoya patella continues to put on a show for me

This hoya is one of the toughest I grow despite the tiny thin delicate looking stems.  It is not difficult to root and takes off growing when given an abundance of water and bright light.  The leaves begin as a rust color with tiny little hairs on the new growth and then turn to a deep green but still fuzzy.  As the bald vines mature they put our flowers at each node long before the leaves are allowed to fill in.  I love the look of this cupped bloom that shows off it’s many shades of pink on each flower. If you are lucky it will treat you to a double bloom at the nodes but not too often for me.  Now if it would stop spending its energy on blooming and give me some leaves so I am able to share with collectors…I would make many people who have this one on their Wish List happy.

The Hoya patella Show!!!

The Hoya patella Show!!!

Posted in What's Blooming.

Hoyas are now Growing in a Safer Environment

As I was placing my yearly order for Food Grade 35% Hydrogen Peroxide earlier this week I stumbled across another use for this liquid.  The less expensive version was labeled Pool and Spa Grade 35% Hydrogen Peroxide.  Since I use this to keep my fountains clear I began to look deeper into the differences as well as the numerous other uses for this totally safe alternative.  While reading this information included on the Garden of Eden website I learned the dangers of being in and around the pool area for hours on end with the toxic gases permeating made me take immediate action to eliminate the dangerous environment.

Shortly after moving into my home I converted the pool water to a Salt System…sounds safer than Chlorine, right?  Well it’s not and is exactly that…chlorine but in smaller concentrations which still have the same effects on the body whether you are swimming in the pool or lounging poolside or living poolside as my hoyas are.  I was surprised when my shipment of 8 gallons of the liquid arrived via Fed Ex the next day.  I anxiously calculated the amount needed to ‘shock’ the pool with the initial treatment of H2O2 and carefully pored the 6 gallons into the pool as I nervously held my breath. Nothing happened as promised and I then let the pool circulate for an hour and then shut the pump off for 24 hours.  The thing I needed to do now was to turn off the Chlorinator to end the stream of chlorine to the pool so I called my ‘pool boy’.  He gave me the simple instructions and was a bit hesitant about what I was doing because he was not familiar at all with this type of pool care but assured me that he was willing to help in any way I needed him to.

I am happy to report that from now on, my hoyas will live in a chlorine-free environment.  It will take a short time for the chlorine to evaporate out of the pool but I since have added an abundance of H2O2 to ensure the water will be sparkling and clean and most important…SAFE!!!  The added benefits of the pool will now be felt by the abundance of oxygen which will be absorbed while swimming and the lack of harmful gases while tending to my hoyas.  I doubt that I will notice a change in the growth or behavior of the plants but just knowing I have cleaned up my living space makes me feel better!  More information on this and many other issues relating to living in a safer environment can be found on Go Beyond Organics.  I spent many hours chatting with Winston regarding the pool as well as my water quality and how my plants and I could benefit from the technology he has developed.  Tell him I sent you!!!

Hydrogen Peroxide Swimming Pool

Hydrogen Peroxide Swimming Pool

 

Posted in What's Blooming.

Hoya dolicosparte is a super multiple bloomer

In the first year following the easy rooting, I thought nothing of this hoya…it grew, barely, but always looked healthy with no special care.  I decided that I would give it another season to perform and then maybe part with it to replace it with a hoya that would offer cuttings to my customers.  After a little chat with it, I talk to my plants and sing to them too, it began to grow and grow and grow.  When the first peduncle puffed up I automatically assumed it was a plant that sat next to H. dolicosparte. The vining and tangling sometimes leads to a confusing maze.  The pleasant surprise happened on June 3 when they blooms popped open. It was clear which plant this umbrel belonged to now. The bright green flowers were stunning and so unique…this was now my ‘favorite’ hoya. Since that day, I have kept an eye on the plant and it now has 4 active peduncles and it still as beautiful as the first time I experienced the green flowers. If you want a hoya with spunk…I would highly recommend this one!

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Posted in What's Blooming.

Hoya erythrostemma IML 0713 – Blooms in many Colors

Please do not judge a hoya by it’s color.  This is very evident when I compare the two blooms that came to me on the same plant 4 years apart.  I doubt that the growing conditions have changed significantly since they have bloomed almost the same day of the year and have been outside under the same Florida sun.  Both are equally beautiful but I have noticed the one on the left smells of raspberry and did not detect a scent on the bloom from 2009.

On another note…the Bloom Calendar is a work-in-progress but my findings are beginning to conclude as I suspected, blooms occur generally the same time of the year and very often within the same week in most instances.

First: Bloom: July 14, 2013  Second Bloom: July 15, 2009

July 14, 2013                      July 15, 2009

Posted in What's Blooming.