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Hoya lockii is a Blooming Machine

I grow many hoyas and this one is hands down the Best Blooming, Earliest Blooming, Easiest Growing, Longest Blooming!  From a small rooted cutting which I obtained from Thailand earlier this season, there have been no problems with growing this Hoya Lockii.  The plant itself is very beautiful and stands tall with a few branches, and more branches are sprouting from near the base. Watering is no chore and I have not noticed a preference as to how much it prefers.  The leaves are unblemished and pleasantly spotted with ruffles on the edges.

Just looking at the plant from a normal view point is not the surprise, just pick up the pot and hold it overhead to see the amazing beauty from below!  The leaves are veined nicely and the many peduncles show the many stages of blooming!  I cannot begin to capture the beauty but I am going to try my best to show you what I find stunning about Hoya lockii.  It is a BLOOMING MACHINE!

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii SRQ 3229 Full Plant

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii from Below

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Blooms at Consecutive Nodes

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Just Beginning

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Filling Out

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Buds Forming

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Becoming Shapely

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Ready to Pop Open

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Fully Open

 

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Two Prolific Hoyas Bloom Last Year

There is no surprise any more when these two prolific hoyas bloom but I still enjoy seeing if the size of the flowers or duration change significantly.  The first, Hoya camphorifolia, is grown as a hanging plant but always seem to end up grasping onto a hook or another vine to pull itself up higher.  I must confess that this is one of the plants that I can always find mingling among other closeby. The vine itself looks fragile and frail but it is very deceiving since it is a very tough plant.

The other of the two prolific hoyas blooming is Hoya sipitangensis.  This one has a knack for just hanging down in the pot and rarely decides to use a new vine to go vertical.  The leaves vary greatly in sizes according to their environment and they turn a blush of red in high light.  The flowers are small but lend a punch of color to compete with their foliage.  If you want to grow a hoya that will fill out a pot quickly and bloom early…consider growing Hoya sipitangensis.

I have been collecting and recording information daily on which hoyas are in bloom for quite some time now and would like to compare facts about when each species is in bloom. Are the same hoyas in bloom all over the world at the same time? Go to my Bloom Calendar to see which hoyas were in bloom on a specific date at SRQHoyas.  Your comments may help me draw conclusions as to what triggers a hoya to bloom and what factors may contribute to when they bloom.  To date I have not been able to suggest with confidence as to how to make a hoya plant bloom. Is it related to fertilizer?…light intensity?…temperature?…maturity?…humidity?…air movement?…geographic location?  If you have any information, opinions, concerns or comments on anything you are learning about the ‘Bloom Times’ of hoyas…please feel free to add a comment to this blog, email me through the website or post on Facebook!

Prolific Hoyas Bloom

Hoya camphorifolia IML 0418

Prolific Hoyas Bloom

Hoya sipitangensis IML 1603

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Holiday Season Bloomers are Plentiful

As most of the world was celebrating the holidays of 2013 the Holiday Season Bloomers were plentiful.  Keep in mind that these were in Sarasota, Florida and inside my greenhouse/garage and under artificial lighting.  Only one of these, Hoya pachyclada, is about to bloom here in the Pennsylvania sun-room under similar lighting fixtures.  Also two other Hoya pachycladas that I grow now and did not grow last year have been in bloom for at least the past week. They always smell so sweet and bloom for about one week or longer.  A favorite for it’s grape scent is Hoya subcalva which is being stingy this holiday season.  Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ seems to be the stingiest of all of the many sports of the lacunosa family and also the largest leaf and flower.  To round out the season were blooming hoyas, Hoya clandestina, Hoya macgregorii and Hoya bicknellii, all very beautiful and unique hoyas! Next year at this time of year I will again document and comment of the Holiday Season Bloomers.

I have been collecting and recording information daily on which hoyas are in bloom for quite some time now and would like to compare facts about when each species is in bloom. Are the same hoyas in bloom all over the world at the same time? Go to my Bloom Calendar to see which hoyas were in bloom on a specific date at SRQHoyas.  Your comments may help me draw conclusions as to what triggers a hoya to bloom and what factors may contribute to when they bloom.  To date I have not been able to suggest with confidence as to how to make a hoya plant bloom. Is it related to fertilizer?…light intensity?…temperature?…maturity?…humidity?…air movement?…geographic location?  If you have any information, opinions, concerns or comments on anything you are learning about the ‘Bloom Times’ of hoyas…please feel free to add a comment to this blog, email me through the website or post on Facebook!

Hoya subcalva IML 0229

Hoya subcalva IML 0229

Hoya pachyclada IML 0529

Hoya pachyclada IML 0529

Hoya bicknellii IML 1597

Hoya bicknellii IML 1597

Hoya macgregorii SRQ 3214

Hoya macgregorii SRQ 3214

Hoya lacunosa 'Tove' SRQ 3026

Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ SRQ 3026

Hoya aff. clandestina IM 1590

Hoya aff. clandestina IM 1590

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Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island Now and Then

It amazes me when I notice a hoya blooming now and then, ‘then’ meaning last year on this date.  That is the case with Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island IML 1508 which is assisting me in drawing possible conclusions to similar Blooming Dates around the world.  In addition to this hoya there were others blooming in 2013 that are not blooming for me this year.  My favorite of them all is Hoya caudata which is a superstar because of the foliage as well as the hairy but silky flowers that appears many times throughout the year.  The foliage is a bit like cardboard but turns a nice red if grown in highlight.

As you can see from the photos, December 24, 2013 was an exciting day with an abundance of flowers showing their beauty in Sarasota, FL.  Hoya motoskei is a late bloomer but once it begins it can show flowers on many peduncles at a time.  The stunning leaves on Hoya macrophylla overpower the tiny delicate pink blooms making it satisfactory, to me, if no blooms happen.  Hoya ‘Rebecca’ is a nice small leafed hoya that love to fill a hanging basket and show it’s clean smelling blooms during any season.

I have been collecting and recording information daily on which hoyas are in bloom for quite some time now and would like to compare facts about when each species is in bloom. Are the same hoyas in bloom all over the world at the same time? Go to my Bloom Calendar to see which hoyas were in bloom on a specific date at SRQHoyas.  Your comments may help me draw conclusions as to what triggers a hoya to bloom and what factors may contribute to when they bloom.  To date I have not been able to suggest with confidence as to how to make a hoya plant bloom. Is it related to fertilizer?…light intensity?…temperature?…maturity?…humidity?…air movement?…geographic location?  If you have any information, opinions, concerns or comments on anything you are learning about the ‘Bloom Times’ of hoyas…please feel free to add a comment to this blog, email me through the website or post on Facebook!

Hoya sp Ko Chang Island IML 1508

Hoya sp Ko Chang Island IML 1508

Hoya motoskei IML 0050

Hoya motoskei IML 0050

Hoya macrophylla vari IML 1622

Hoya macrophylla vari IML 1622

Hoya caudata IML 1882

Hoya caudata IML 1882

Hoya 'Rebecca'  SRQ 3182

Hoya ‘Rebecca’ SRQ 3182

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Growing Hoyas from Seed Can Be Frustrating

No matter how many times I see hoya seeds that have recently exploded from a seed pod I get excited and hopeful to grow them out. This time is a little different since Hoya papaschonii has had multiple seed pods develop but all but this one fell off prior to ripening. I did pass by this hoya yesterday and noticed that the pod had turned yellow and immediately assumed the pod was about to abort as the prior seed pods had done.  As I was manicuring other hoyas in the area this day, I now saw a number of fuzzy beings and know what had happened.  I carefully moved the pot to my potting bench so I would not forget to make small pots, label them and tuck the many seeds into the mix. As always, now I hope for the best and hope the seeds germinate and mature.  The majority of my experiences have not ended well but if you are like me…I must grow!  There is a lot of trial and error growing hoyas from seed.  The only success story to date is a couple of seedlings from Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428. The seeds ripened in 2012 and as you see the plant is healthy and happy and looks very much like its mother.

As you can see from the photos below, the seedlings of Hoya erythrostemma very much resemble the mother plant so it is quite possible this hoya was self pollinated. The only way to be sure is to have the blooming plant in isolation while in bloom or actually perform the pollination yourself.  Manual pollination is a very difficult process and one I know little about. One last note…If you decide to trade or sell from a Seedling…please be sure it is properly labeled as such!!!

Hoya papaschonii Seed Pod

Hoya papaschonii Seed Pod

 

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 - Seedlings from 2012

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 – Growing Hoyas from Seeds 2012

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 - Mother Plant

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 – Mother Plant

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 Blooms

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 Blooms

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Hoochie & ‘Red Buttons’ Bloom 12/22/13

These hoyas were blooming at SRQHoyas on this day one year ago. Hoya pubicalyx ‘Red Buttons’ is just one of many clones of this species.  All Hoya pubicalyx clones are avid growers and when they put out a long vine…they usually begin to bloom in it.  The scent is noticeable and I would describe it as floral.  The Hoya heuschkeliana ssp. heuschkeliana (Hoochie) IML 0904 is a small button-leafed plant that like to fill out a hanging basket.  The blooms are a distinct buttery popcorn fragrance and it literally fills a space.  Both of these are easy to grow and easy to bring into flower. To read more and see more photos of these great hoyas click on the photo!

I have been collecting and recording information daily on which hoyas are in bloom for quite some time now and would like to compare facts about when each species is in bloom. Are the same hoyas in bloom all over the world at the same time? Go to my Bloom Calendar to see which hoyas were in bloom on a specific date at SRQHoyas.  Your comments may help me draw conclusions as to what triggers a hoya to bloom and what factors may contribute to when they bloom.  To date I have not been able to suggest with confidence as to how to make a hoya plant bloom. Is it related to fertilizer?…light intensity?…temperature?…maturity?…humidity?…air movement?…geographic location?  If you have any information, opinions, concerns or comments on anything you are learning about the ‘Bloom Times’ of hoyas…please feel free to add a comment to this blog, email me through the website or post on Facebook!

Hoya pubicalyx 'Red Buttons'  IML 0268

Hoya pubicalyx ‘Red Buttons’ IML 0268

Hoya heuschkeliana blooming @ SRQHoyas

Hoya heuschkeliana blooming @ SRQHoyas

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Many Generations of Flowers – Hoya pachyclada IML 1698

Wow…this hoya has so much energy that the blooms are lining up to push their way to full bloom?! Or does it not have enough energy to push all of these flowers out at one time? Either way it is very interesting to see. Why is the one flower turned completely around facing the opposite direction of the others.  I love to find oddity in nature and although there are no answers we can just speculate and all be correct!

Hoya pachyclada Oddity

Hoya pachyclada Oddity

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Tiny Flower Day at SRQHOyas on the 20th of December 2013

These hoyas were blooming at SRQHoyas on this day one year ago. The three reds are all very tiny but have a powerful scent to attract the pollinators and humans too!  Though they all appear very similar the foliage on the plants are nothing alike which you can see by clicking on the photos which will show you additional photos of the flowers and plant themselves.  Hoya diptera hass a nondescript leaf in that it is a light green and very smooth.  I did not detect a scent on its buttery flowers.  All of these hoyas are easy to grow and bloom easy and often!

I have been collecting and recording information daily on which hoyas are in bloom for quite some time now and would like to compare facts about when each species is in bloom. Are the same hoyas in bloom all over the world at the same time? Go to my Bloom Calendar to see which hoyas were in bloom on a specific date at SRQHoyas.  Your comments may help me draw conclusions as to what triggers a hoya to bloom and what factors may contribute to when they bloom.  To date I have not been able to suggest with confidence as to how to make a hoya plant bloom. Is it related to fertilizer?…light intensity?…temperature?…maturity?…humidity?…air movement?…geographic location?  If you have any information, opinions, concerns or comments on anything you are learning about the ‘Bloom Times’ of hoyas…please feel free to add a comment to this blog, email me through the website or post on Facebook!

Hoya diptera IML 0261

Hoya diptera IML 0261

Hoya memoria IML 0107

Hoya memoria IML 0107

Hoya pallilimba IML 1691

Hoya pallilimba IML 1691

Hoya panchoi IML 0249

Hoya panchoi IML 0249

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Peduncles Show ‘Rings’ for Each Bloom Cycle

This is one easy way to prove which hoyas bloom over and over and over again.  Count how many times this hoya has bloomed from this one peduncle! It is like rings on a tree…!  After time the peduncle will dry up and fall off but I find it only happens when the plant is not happy. I find this amazing!!!

Hoya sp. 97005 Rings

Hoya sp. 97005 Peduncle Rings

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Hoya vitiensis was the Lone Blooming Hoya on this Date Last Year

I no longer grow this hoya but I sure remember the nice velvety lavender flowers as being one of my favorites.  I am hoping to find it once again to add to my collection. If you have a plant or cutting to trade/purchase please contact me!  It’s a fast growing dainty vine that is easy to manage and fills out quickly.

I have been collecting and recording information daily on which hoyas are in bloom for quite some time now and would like to compare facts about when each species is in bloom. Are the same hoyas in bloom all over the world at the same time? Go to my Bloom Calendar to see which hoyas were in bloom on a specific date at SRQHoyas.  Your comments may help me draw conclusions as to what triggers a hoya to bloom and what factors may contribute to when they bloom.  To date I have not been able to suggest with confidence as to how to make a hoya plant bloom. Is it related to fertilizer?…light intensity?…temperature?…maturity?…humidity?…air movement?…geographic location?  If you have any information, opinions, concerns or comments on anything you are learning about the ‘Bloom Times’ of hoyas…please feel free to add a comment to this blog, email me through the website or post on Facebook!

Bloomed on December 18, 2013

Hoya vitiensis IML 0270

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