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2013 is for Cuttings ONLY

This year will be a season that I will propagate few if any plants to offer to collectors. That being said, cuttings will be plenty and hopefully very generous since the plants will not have been ‘cut on’ for the purpose of starting plants. During the past I would put 2-3 two node cuttings into the pots to offer up as plants when they were well rooted. Since the plants will only be grown to offer fresh cuttings this season, I suspect they will be thriving in the Florida sunshine and warmth and cuttings will be plenty.

My reasoning behind this change in product comes from many places. The first reason being the space I have to offer my plants is limited. Although I have much space inside as well as outside, set up for growing, I am always striving to bring more species into the country to grow for distribution. This change will allow me to do this without worry of running out of productive space.  The second reason comes from the comments of many of my customers. They have expressed that their success with growing out a cutting has equal success with receiving a plant already rooted that may just sit there for months on end as it becomes acclimated to its new surroundings. In some cases you have told me that you cuttings far exceed the plants in new growth and blooms.  The third reason is the cost and excessive use of electricity involved in nursing the stock until they are ready to sell.  During the summer months I will be able to decrease the amount of lights needed inside the greenhouse/garage and use primarily sunshine. This will be better for the environment as well as keep my costs down. With lower operating costs I will be able to offer hoyas at a stable and lower price to my customers around the world! Now if I could only lower the cost of shipping them via USPS :0)

What will the 2014 Season bring…? This can only be answered at the close of this season. There is a chance I will begin propagating to again offer plants. I never say NEVER!!! Your comments, questions and concerns with this announcement are VERY welcomed and expected.

P.S. You are still able to purchase PLANTS that are still in stock from 2012…but when these are gone they are gone.

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

The Tiniest Hoya Flower that I grow…so far

So many hoyas are known for their spectacular huge blooms but have you read anywhere about the wonderful tiny blooms on the Hoya parviflora? This hoya seems to have fallen through the cracks of the Hoya collectors’ must-have list. It grows with no trouble at all and fills out a hanging pot beautifully. I did not detect a scent on the 3mm flowers but I have watched a bee enjoy the nectar which had to be ever to minimal. Consider adding this one to your Wish List!

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Posted in What's Blooming.

Hoya inflata

Since I’ve rooted this cutting last winter I have watched the plant struggle to push out many gorgeous little yellow ‘lanterns’. But on the 4th or 5th try it had enough energy to do so and with that being said seems to continue time after time. The blooms are a faint lemony fragrance and only in the evening. This is a must have for every collection!

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Posted in What's Blooming.

Leaf Damage from Misting under Lights

The luxury of growing under a full spectrum of grow light is not all fun and games. This being the second year I have grown exclusively under artificial lights from roughly mid October thru Mid March I still have much to learn.  At the beginning of the season as the weather turned chilly and dry….I thought it would be beneficial to mist…mist and mist the plants throughout the day each and every day. After about a month of doing so, I discovered some disturbing leaf damage.  Not all plants and not all the same looking symptoms. As I backed off the misting to no null…the damage has ceased but many plants do not look so pretty. Here are the different looks of leaves that have been ‘burned’ by the intense light shining thru the water drops.

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Posted in Hoya Chat.

Hoya subcalva IML 0229

This hoya continues to fill the garage/greenhouse with grape scented blooms day after day and month after month. I purchased this as a cutting in 2012 and the plant did little or nothing all summer outside on the lanai. As soon as I brought it inside to grow under artificial light and conditions it has taken off and rewarded me with beautiful blooms for most of the winter. Today I noticed five open umbrels so I decided that scene warranted a photo shoot. ENJOY…

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Posted in What's Blooming.

No Shipping on March 2

I have decided to not ship any plants or cutting out this week due to the very cold temperatures predicted for this weekend. As a rule I ship TO a cold destination but think it best to not ship FROM a cold location.

All orders received this week will go out on March 9, 2013.

Thanks for your patience!!

Posted in Shipping Schedules.

Bloom-time as an ID indicator?

Many times when I see a bloom posted on Facebook or another forum I immediately go the that particular species on my collection to see if mine too is in the midst of putting out the same bloom. My findings are that hoyas bloom simultaneously from every location around the world. Despite the living conditions such as altitude, temperature, inside or out in nature, they seem to know when they are supposed to go into bloom. Of course there are exceptions since many collector’s have yet to experience the thrill of their first hoya show but as a general rule…we cannot fool ‘Mother Nature’.

So…does this mean that bloom-time is an indicator for identifying the various species I have compiled many bloom times for all of the hoyas that have blessed me with blooms so far. The results will soon be visible on my website by going to the Bloom Calendar page. I will continue to update this throughout the year. When you have a plant in bloom…compare to my calendar and see if this theory holds true!?

Posted in Hoya Chat, What's Blooming.

Hoya rigida IML 1395

As I was untangling and re-clipping the overgrown vines yesterday I pulled out my Hoya rigida to notice that new leaves were about three times the size of the previous growth. I thought this was odd since this plant was sitting amongst many plants and so the light it received was minimal to the exposure during the summer on the lanai. The plant was so huge that I decided to just sit it on the outside shelf on the lanai since the temps should be warm enough for the hoyas now…fingers crossed.

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Bloomingest Hoyas I grow

This is a list of hoyas that blooming over and over on one or multiple peduncles throughout the year. Many are plants that since they continue to bloom and spend their energy in that way…they grow very little. Of course not all hoyas that bloom often grow slow but this is the case with about 50%. Don’t get me wrong…I love to find a bloom and enjoy the fragrance that fills the air but sometimes I do wish these plants would stop blooming and put out new growth so that I am able to share with you!

Hoya benitotanii – Hoya buotii – Hoya cv. Rebecca – Hoya davidcummingii – Hoya DS-70 – Hoya elliptica – Hoya heuschkeliana – Hoya lacunosa – Hoya  NOT macgregorii – Hoya megalaster – Hoya naumannii – Hoya myrmecopa – Hoya memorii – Hoya pachyclada – Hoya celata – Hoya sigillatis – Hoya subcalva – Hoya sp. Kalamantin – Hoya verticillata – Hoya verticillata albomarginate – Hoya wibergiae


Posted in Hoya Chat.

Potting Up…what I really mean

After receiving a new plant usually the first question I am asked is…”How soon can I re-pot my plant and what size pot should I plant it in?” As a rule, hoyas enjoy to have their roots in a small space.  Do not put you plant in a pot that will contain a lot of soil/mixx which will in turn cause moisture to be retained for long periods of time. The best solution I have found is to just put the plant and pot into a larger container in order to stabilize it when it becomes top heavy.

I start most of my plants/cuttings in a tiny 2″ pot. When the hoya has become semi-root bound and or top heavy, I re-pot into a 3″ square pot. From there, I sit that pot into a larger 6″ round pot. This way the plant has the base of support it requires. Keeping the roots in the smaller pot will allow the soil to dry out quickly will most likely prevent root rot.  I also use a larger bamboo hoop inside the 6″ pot for clipping the vines. Around the pot with soil I pour a mixture of silica stone and lava rock to stabilize the hoop as well as the 3″ pot.

At a glance, my plants appear to be growing in a large pot but an up close view shows they are thriving in a very small pot even as the plant grows large.

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Posted in SRQHoyas Happenings.