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Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island is blooming on many peduncles

This hoya is both fun and glamorous at the same time. The many-freckled leaves make it attractive day after day and the super fragrant blooms add to the fun many times over. I have grown this one inside under artificial lighting as well as outside under Florida sunshine and humidity and it has yet to miss a beat.

Today the sweet fragrance of lilacs fills my lanai and I notice this plant may be the culprit. Although only 2 of the umbrels are fully open there are many yet to come. I look forward to a week or more of enjoying and admiring this great hoya!

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Posted in What's Blooming.

The Effects of High Light on Hoya Plants

A very desirable characteristic of a good many hoyas is how their foliage changes colors in various light situations. As a rule, the leaves of a hoya plant is green but in many cases that will change slightly when the leaves are exposed to bright light. I see most of the drastic reddening of leaves during the winter months as opposed to the summer months when the sun is brightest. This fact in itself is confusing to me. The sun is hottest and brightest during the summer months here in Florida. But, what is the exact reasoning behind what causes the leaves to turn a blush to even a total burgundy color. The species that come to mind include Hoya obscura, Hoya sipitangensis, Hoya flavida and Hoya sp. Gunung Gading. There are many more but these are a great start to the long list of red leaves on Hoyas.

Here is the exact plant, Hoya sp. Gunung Gading last summer and today after if had been under a metal halide light for the past 5 months. My next question is…will the leaves return to green while they are growing under the Florida sun for the next 5 months? Only time will tell and I will report back in the fall or when I notice a significant change.

Hoya plant under natural sunshine during summer months

Hoya plant under natural sunshine during summer months

Hoya plant under artificial light during winter months

Hoya plant under artificial light during winter months

Posted in Hoya Chat.

Species Detail – Explanation for these symbols

While browsing the website I sure you have seen this table which has been customized for each species of hoya.  I am hoping with the simple diagram below you will gain understanding of my intentions for each symbol.  This is to be used as an “At a Glance’ guide and of course you may have different finding while growing these plants in your environment.

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Hoya Blooms in Green as well as Yellow – Hoya sp. Fidjii

I have been growing this hoya for a few years now after acquiring a tiny cutting from overseas. When it arrived the leaves were curled and the stem was limp but viable. After a week in my ICU area…it rooted and took off growing nicely. The only thing is that no matter how much I tried to change it’s conditions or nutrients, the leaves never uncurled. So I have learned and accepted the fact that this is they way they are supposed to be. Please do not over-water because you might think that is the reason…it is not! This time the blooms were a lime green, although the photo do a terrible job depicting this shade of green.Hoya sp. Fidjii IF IF IF

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Hoyas Feel Effects of 45°F Temperatures

Due to the fact that the temperatures in Florida were very warm for most of the winter I decided to slowly move the Hoyas outside to their summer spot. On or about March 1 is the normal date when I begin doing this. The sun has positioned itself high enough in the sky to clear the large trees found outside my screened lanai and give the plants 5-6 hours of bright sunshine. Almost a week into loving their new place in nature as opposed to being under artificial conditions inside the garage/greenhouse the nighttime temperatures begun to drop into the 50s but since they climbed each day into at least the 70s, the plants did not suffer. When I accomplished relocating about 30% of the stock the weather forecast disappointed and predicted cold nights and cool days (40°F/60°F). At this point I know I either had to move all of the plants back inside or grab my blankets and a friend and tuck in the plants for the entire week of unfavorable weather. I chose the latter since I believed I could protect ‘everyone’ with my velux blankets which were thermal but very light weight. as the wind blew the first night I cringed and hoped the blankets were still covering all of the plants. I learned they were in place for the first cold night. The second day as the wind whipped through the screened enclosure the ends of the blankets broke loose and I tucked them in again just before dark.

This continued throughout that week and I thought for sure all of the plants had survived without damage.  At first glance I was right but as the days of warm sunshine continued, I noticed one by one, leaves turning yellow and then transparent and then mushy and then falling to the ground. Ugh, what an awful feeling since it happened so gradual and slowly. I would remove the damaged plant and take it inside under the lights to keep an eye on it. At the end of the two week period, following the week of cold, I had transported about a dozen plants inside and I then had to decide whether to take cutting and begin a new plant of nurse the existing back to health hoping the roots were still viable.

I now have all of the plants either in rooting stage or pruned completely back or most of the the leaf damage removed and I am left with a very sad specimen. Since most do not have to experience this trauma I thought I would share some of the results from hoyas that just got too cold.

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Unbelieveable sight in late March

I have been in Florida since 1990 and have never experienced such cold temperatures this late in the year. It is normal for me to bring all of the hoyas outside on or about March 1 and by April I am basking in the sun floating in my swimming. But this year, is very very different from past decades.

As I cautiously moved the hoyas out onto the Shelf, which is their Summer destination, I now have them bundled up for the week since the threat of frost is still in the forecast. I also have many of the hanging hoyas outside but since they are a bit closer to the overhang I am chancing they will not suffer from the cold. Last week when I was sure spring was here, I ended up finding 3 plants with ‘cold’ damage.

This Winter Season has been very warm but full of extremes including many warm days followed by really cold nights. On the lighter side…I have much more information as to the cold temp tolerances of many of the plants. :0) I am working on updating this information on the product pages of my website.

Posted in SRQHoyas Happenings.

Hoya montana IML 1016

This is one of my first blooming hoyas so of course it brings a smile to my face each time it blooms. Also holds the name of my oldest niece! This tough hoya is easy to grow and even endures low temperatures as it has lived outside all winter long and has not missed a beat. The soft yellow blooms are buttery scented and last for about 2 weeks. This species is a must have for everyone’s collection!

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Shiney White Discs – Hoya danumensis

This plant has bloomed many times but never had the energy to push out the flowers to their most beautiful stage. The shiney white discs speak for themselves but for reference on size, each flower measures 30mm across and 10mm deep. This hoya is from the family of ‘thin-leafed’ hoyas which most view as difficult to receive/root/grow and bloom. I would like to say this one is not difficult for me in anyway…most are.

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

 

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Hoya monetteae – A SUPER fragrant bloom

As the last few days went by I continually enjoyed a fragrance that I thought must be the Hoya lacunosas that are in continual bloom. To my pleasant surprise, I finally noticed the large umbrel on my Hoya monetteae was totally open. When I got close to the plant, to move outside to photograph before the sunset for the day, I was treated to the strongest pleasant fragrance that I have yet to experience from one umbrel. I can only imagine the joy it would bring if the plant was full of open blooms!

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Hoya valmayoriana = Hoya sp. Philippines IML 0831

This well deserved hoya now has a name according to this source. I am still searching to find more information but wanted to pass this great news along. I have grown this one for 4 years and it has always been on of my favorites for it’s foliage and striking orange and magenta blooms. It grows without issues if I keep it watered well.

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